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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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  • Beautiful place. Historical facts from lighthouse to museum. Heard about the Edmond Fitzgerald since I was a teenager. Getting to see the Bell from the ship, the lighthouse, and lake superior was awes...  more »
  • We loved staying at the bed and breakfast at the crews quarters renovation. Nicely renewed with large bedrooms, large baths, and plenty of breakfast items in stock within the common kitchen area. Pian...  more »
  • A well maintained and educational destination. $5 to climb stairs to top. Highly recommend that you take mosquito repellent with you since they were swarming. Nice deck to view Lake Superior. Many peo...  more »
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  • This is definitely a must-see lighthouse if you're in the area. Everything has been carefully and professionally restored to the era in which the lighthouse was in full operation. Take the time to climb up the tower as the view is tremendous. Don't forget to visit the Shipwreck Museum as it contains a huge collection of artifacts and information regarding ships that had sunk in the area including the infamous Edmund Fitzgerald.
  • Nice beach for an afternoon trip. The beach is full of beautiful pebbles. You can find many people visiting here just to pick the pebbles. Generally beach is secluded and not much crowded.
  • Personally I feel this is one of the most amazing spots for any tourist, or Michigander to visit. There is a lot of history here overall, and not jus the tragic ship wrecks. The Keepers, the Coast Guard and more. The fresh cool breeze and the beautiful view of the coldest Great Lake are jus a sample that is to offer. You can almost hear the bell of the "Big Fitz" as you gaze upon it.
  • 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.

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