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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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  • We visited near the end of the season before closing for the winter. The caretaker quarters was unusual in that the center wall separated the house. I have such respect for these pioneers who survived...  more »
  • Beautiful fall drive up to Whitefish Point, easy to find. Great view from top of the stairs. Good restrooms. 
  • The light house and the area it is in a very nice. The best part is the museum and the artifacts and information about the Edmund Fitzgerald. Make sure to walk out to the beach to see the memorial the...  more »
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  • Simply spectacular! The history of the lighthouse and surrounding Coast Guard buildings along with amazing views of Lake Superior makes this a must see event! There is a fantastic scale model of the Edmund Fitzgerald made out of Lego blocks and the beach walk is a must!
  • This was a wonderful place to visit. The Great Lakes Ship Wreck Museum is totally awsome. The staff is well informed and well spoken. A must see for everyone interested in maritime history on the great lakes.
  • Not really being a history or ship buff, I didn't expect to enjoy this particular stop, but I was so wrong! The history of the commercial shipping in Lake Superior is really amazing. Reading the stories of the extreme conditions this area goes through and the resulting catastrophes was very engaging. Yeah, this place is pretty far off the beaten path, but well worth the detour!
  • 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.
  • Worth every penny for the climb and museum. A ship lovers dream. Make sure to check out the beach.