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Whitefish Point Light, Paradise

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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.
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  • This is an extremely interesting, well-done museum describing the history of great lakes shipwrecks. The museum also includes the oldest lighthouse on Lake Superior, dating from 1861 plus several orig...  more »
  • The museum is not huge, but it's very interesting and has good exhibits. I love the light. Take a tour of the house also. It has an interesting history. The grounds are lovely and it's all very easy t...  more »
  • Wow! We visited in early May and the weather was just perfect! The house is very interesting and there was a nice lady in there that took us around and told us about the light keepers who had lived th...  more »
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  • Best Lighthouse complex that I have ever visited. This is a great place to visit if you want to learn about lighthouses and the people that tended them. The duplex Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage is one of the best examples that I have seen and contains some interesting surprises for visitors.
  • Good views of Lake Superior and Whitefish Bay more easily accessible than elsewhere along the shore to the west. Historic light house, Shipwreck Museum and Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial, lake views and nature area are all collected here in a very nice facility. The museum I found worth the price of admission.
  • Beautiful spot for birding and wildlife spotting - recommend going at dusk when the owls start hooting. Shipwreck museum as well for people who prefer 'the great indoors'.
  • Beautiful place. Lots of history here. friendly & helpful staff.
  • Great views, the people are very polite and knowledgeable. Parking is limited but available. You will find the trip very much worth the time.