“more than a century old Lighthouse”
Located approximately 12 to 13 miles west of Whitefish Point in a remote area in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It was constructed in 1903 and 1904 and became operational on May 5, 1904. It was decommissioned in 1993. The lighthouse was once crowned with a fixed 360 degree, red, fourth order light and stands 58 feet from its base to the ventilator ball of the lantern. Originally this site contained a lifesaving station and quarters, a two family brick light keeper's house with basement, a brick fog signal building, an oil house, two frame barns, a boat house and landing, a tramway, a lighthouse tower, and a brick service room entrance building. Today all that remains is the lighthouse tower and part of the brick service room. Most of the service room was washed away by Lake Superior in November of 1996. In January of 1998, the Crisp Point Lighthouse Historical Society had stone placed in front of the lighthouse tower to protect it from Lake Superior. NOTE: Do not rely on GPS directions until you get to the corner of M-123 & CR-500 or you may end up on some roads only fit for 4x4's or less.
This is an beautiful place!! So quiet and tranquil, the view from the lighthouse is amazing!! Follow the signs on the trees, otherwise you'll end up in no mans land!! Depending on what the weather has been like, you might want a higher clearanced vehicle. When we visited, on our way back out we were lucky enough to see a bear!!!!
Amazing place. It was in the middle of some brick restoration last week. Getting there can be interesting; don't follow your GPS unless you've got a suitable vehicle (I had a small sedan and the GPS took me down roads made completely of sand and mud). The surest way to there is to take CR 500 where it starts at M-123 and go North, following signs for the lighthouse. Then, take CR 412, continuing to follow signs for the lighthouse. Here's a link to a map: http://www.crisppointlighthouse.org/drive.html
There's essentially no cell service anywhere close to the area (as of this post), but if there's an emergency phone at the lighthouse.
Enjoy it; both the lighthouse and the drive are beautiful!
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