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GSA announces soft-close date for Michigan Waterway public auction


GSA announces soft-close date for the public auction of the Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Lighthouse in Chassell, Michigan

CHICAGO – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has set the soft-close date for the auction of the Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Lighthouse in Chassell, Michigan, for Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, at 2 p.m. CT.

GSA is offering the Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Lighthouse for sale by public auction. This is one of a record number of lighthouses being offered in 2023 to government agencies, nonprofits, and the public.

Opened in 1919, the Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Lighthouse – also known as the Portage Entry Light or the Portage Lake Lower Entry Light – is located at the end of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breakwater in Houghton County, Michigan.

Property Details:

  • Marking the southern end of the Portage River, the lighthouse stands 68 feet tall. 
  • The light contains approximately 1,000 square feet of interior space. 
  • In 2014, the light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
  • The property will remain an active aid to navigation.
  • The deed will contain historic preservation covenants.

Closing Rules:

This auction will end in one of these ways:

  • At the auction close time, if no bids (proxy or flat) are placed within the inactivity period – defined as the previous 24 hours.
  • After the inactivity period has passed without any bids (proxy or flat) being placed.
  • At the close of the auction, the high bid will be considered for acceptance by the government. The government reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

There is still time for those interested in bidding to register and submit bids. To do so:

  • Those interested in bidding are required to register in advance and submit a $10,000 registration deposit.
  • Bid increments will be $1,000.,
  • Those interested in bidding are strongly urged to read the Invitation for Bids: Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light.

For additional details and inquiries/questions contact:

Luke Barrett
Phone: 312-353-1038
Fax: 617-565-5720

The marketing and sales effort is being handled by GSA’s New England Region Real Property Disposition Division, Chicago Operations Branch. The division provides realty services to federal agencies throughout the region, as well as in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

GSA’s New England Region provides centralized procurement for the federal government by managing its real estate portfolio, products and services throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Media Contact: Tanya Schusler, 312-206-6131,


About GSA:

GSA provides centralized procurement and shared services for the federal government, managing a nationwide real estate portfolio of nearly 370 million rentable square feet, overseeing about $87 billion in products and services via federal contracts, and delivering technology services that serve millions of people across dozens of federal agencies. GSA’s mission is to deliver the best customer experience and value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and the American people. For more information, visit and follow us at @USGSA