The Mendota Lighthouse was was built in 1869 a year later, the lighthouse was decommissioned as navigators found it to be of no assistance. In 1895, funds were allocated to re-establish the light, but it was determined that the existing structure deteriorated so much that it could not be used. A new structure was built using the original foundations in 1998 and relit and is now an active navigation aid. To view the lighthouse, travel to the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan to the town of Bete Grise. At the Mendota Ship Canal, the road ends and if you take a short walk you will see the station boathouse across the canal and the Mendota Lighthouse a little to the east.