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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  • October 2, 2017
    The reproduction of life in the life house, lifesaving rescue and all the setting is first class. You get a genuine feel for life of the keepers. Well kept up, neat grounds, open access to all areas.  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    Had a great time visiting the lighthouse and the surrounding buildings. We first purchased tickets with our admission to the museum to hike to the top of the lighthouse which occurs several times thro...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    For an extra fee on top of the entry for the Shipwreck Museum, you can climb to the top of the lighthouse and gets some nice views of Lake Superior and Whitefish Point itself. The lighthouse has a spi...  more »
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  • October 5, 2017
    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.
  • September 28, 2017
    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.
  • October 13, 2017
    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.
  • August 3, 2017
    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.
  • October 5, 2017
    This place is beautiful! This is my second time being here and I love it! Kids and adults of all ages would really enjoy this experience.

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