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 was just a quick and random stop on our way to our next hotel reservation. We enjoyed the history inside and views from the top of the lighthouse (it's a narrow walk up!) of Lake Superior. Our 7-...  more »
  • White fish point light house and museum is a must see if you are in the area. A great view of the lake and cargo ships rounding the point. The Museum is primarily a Lake Superior shipwreck museum. Doe...  more »
  • If you enjoy checking out the Great Lakes maritime history, this place is for you. The information and sights here are vast. Lots to see. Hiking trails, museums, the lighthouse, and keeper's house. Gr...  more »
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  • I love staying here as the rooms are nice, the views are amazing and being able to walk the beach early in the morning is such a treat. In the fall you can attend an interesting presentation about the Owl banding and research. This is a wonderful area to go birding. It's fun getting to know the other guests at breakfast.
  • Fantastic views, great place to stop and watch the sunset with your spouse. And then spend the night at at the old crew quarters and watch the sunrise. Eat breakfast in the kitchen with the other guests and make some new friends. A truly, must not miss experience in the U.P. Learn some history in the Ship wreck museum, and the restored lighthouse keepers home.
  • First time we have stopped here. Very nicely kept museum. Definitely a must see for anyone who has interest in maritime history. Can't wait to visit again.
  • We were at Tahquaminon Falls and decided to go here out of our way back to Mackinaw City. We were glad we did. There's a lot offered here including tours of the Lighthouse and the museum. Besides seeing the lighthouse, you also get to be at a point into Lake Superior. There's a lot of full size tree drift wood that have been stacked up like teepee's. The stacks are so well set up that teenagers climbed to the top, some 15-20 feet up.
  • With the weather being so nice for this time of year, this place was excellent. The usually choppy Lake Superior was like glass, and there was absolutely no wind, quite a different experience from the norm of blustery Northern winds. Rain or shine this place is excellent though to just look out over Lake Superior. Lots of rocks that are smoothed by the water, and birds for bird watching.

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