Whitefish Point Light, Paradise
Categories: History Museums, Museums
The Whitefish Point Light, a lighthouse in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is the oldest operating light on Lake Superior. It is arguably the most important light on Lake Superior. All vessels entering and leaving Lake Superior must pass the light. It stands on the treacherous southern shoreline of Lake Superior known as the "Graveyard of the Great Lakes" in an area with more shipwrecks than any other area of the lake.HistoryConstruction on the first light began in 1847, and the lighthouse was said to resemble that at Old Presque Isle Light. First lit in 1849, it was one of the first lighthouses on the shores of Lake Superior. It is the oldest active light on the lake. It stands at the point of land that marks the course change for vessels from the southern coast of Lakes Superior known as the "Graveyard of the Great Lakes" to the Soo Locks. All vessels entering or leaving Lake Superior must past Whitefish Point. Whitefish Point Light is arguably the most important light on Lake Superior. The Whitefish Point area has the most shipwrecks of all areas in Lake Superior.The original structure was outfitted with Lewis lamps, which were thereafter upgraded to a fourth order Fresnel lens. The current structure, while modern looking, is a Civil War relic. Built in 1861, the iron skeletal steel framework was designed to relieve stress caused by high winds. A similar design is used at Manitou Island Light in Lake Superior. It was equipped with a third order Fresnel lens.Arrange to visit Whitefish Point Light and other attractions in Paradise using our Paradise holiday planner.
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Worth the stop..go to the top of the lighthouse..a short climb. Enjoy the shipwreck museum and pick up rocks on the beach.
We visited the Whitefish Point Lighthouse and spent the night at the Coast Guard Crews Quarters. Duke, the property manager was very accommodating and gave us a short history of the grounds. The room ... read more »
We stayed on the grounds of the lighthouse (see our review for Whitefish Point Crews Quarters B&B) so of course we walked up to the top. The view is absolutely amazing. Watched a couple ore ships pass... read more »
We visited Whitefish Point in Oct. 2015. Very nice scenic drive up M-22 to the museum and the views of Lake Superior. The museum and buildings are very interesting and the staff was very pleasant. Walking along the shore and watching the waves was amazing, but dress warm it is the UP.
One of my favorite places to visit. I think the scenery is beautiful and I always try to make it up there once a year. Make sure to dress warmly because it is very cold and windy, especially during the winter and fall months.
Worth every penny for the climb and museum. A ship lovers dream. Make sure to check out the beach.
Capt. Gerry Hare
'The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they call Gitchie Gumee. The lake it is said never gives up her dead when the skies of November turn gloomy.' The ship sank in 530 feet of water about 17 miles from Whitefish Bay, almost within sight of this Lighthouse
It was great. Me and my husband went for our anniversary best ever. Just very romantic by the water.
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