Point Iroquois Lighthouse, Brimley

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Point Iroquois Light is a lighthouse on a Chippewa County bluff in the U.S. state of Michigan. Point Iroquois and its light mark the division line between Whitefish Bay and the western end of the St. Marys River, the connection between Lake Superior and other Great Lakes.
Point Iroquois includes a larger geographic area than the light station site. It was named for the Iroquois warriors massacred there by the Ojibwe in 1662. Native Algonkians called the point "Nadouenigoning", composed of the words "Nadone" (Iroquois) and "Akron" (bone).
In 1620, French explorers Étienne Brûlé and Grenoble became the first recorded white men to the area. "From that time, Point Iroquois became a familiar landmark" for French explorers, fur traders and missionaries who followed. Sault Ste. Marie was the first white settlement in what became known as Michigan.
First lighthouseIn 1853 Congress, which had approved the construction of the first Soo Locks on the St. Mary's River, appropriated $5,000 for the construction of what would be the first lighthouse at Point Iroquois. In 1855-1856 the United States Lighthouse Board implemented this appropriation and built a wood and rubble stone lighthouse at the Point; this aid to navigation commenced operations on June 18, 1856. The first Point Iroquois light was a 45ft rubble stone tower with a wooden lantern deck, outfitted with a flashing white fourth order Fresnel lens. Being built on the Point's highest ground, this first light had a 63ft focal plane, and a range of visibility of. A dwelling for a full-time lightkeeper was included as part of the complex. The St. Martin Reef Light is a twin of this first light station.
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  • When we visited, the light house buildings were closed. That did not disappoint. The grounds are enjoyable with a variety of boardwalks in a natural setting. Steps lead down to the shore where...  more »
  • I wish Covid didn't have everything closed, but sadly, the inside were closed off. The people there were outside and giving us information and answered a lot of questions. I really liked how they...  more »
  • This lighthouse is a lookout point. The place is well cared for. The grounds are immaculate. Restrooms were clean. There is plenty of parking. They had folk music playing (banjo & tambourine). It was....  more »
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  • Very Nice stop when touring the Upper Peninsula. Great spot to stretch your legs and learn some history. I have never timed it correctly to visit the museum, but I am sure it is nice. The beach area is very nice with boardwalks and interpretive signs. Great spot for taking photos and doing self guided tours. Make sure you take the steps up to the top of the 1870's lighthouse for spectacular views.
  • Was absolutely lovely. Extremely clear water with a nice beach with a mix of sand and rocks. Ended up rock hunting for almost an hour. Museum is free to tour and shows off the history of the lighthouse. Great stop for about one to two hours. Note: Water can be cool so swimming may be ill advised
  • Definitely worth the short drive outside of Sault Ste Marie! The lighthouse itself is awesome and you can go up into the tower. There is a museum in it and small gift area also. The beach is great and easily accessible. There are smooth brightly-colored stones for the picking (great free souvenirs). This is also a great spots to see the ships coming in from Lake Superior. You can watch your favorite ship pass and still have ample time to get back and watch it go through the Locks.
  • A beautiful gem in the eastern U.P., you can still walk up the lighthouse tower and see an amazing view. The beach is also gorgeous. Highly recommend stopping to visit in the summer. Note, the lighthouse is closed on Mondays.
  • I did not go into the lighthouse but I have several views of the lightouse and waterways. Nice, tranquil views and capable of walking on the pebbled sandy lake. You may pick rocks but highly not recommended. Skip them across the water and enjoy the cool lake waves.

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