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Address: 1944 County Road 412, Newberry, MI 49868
Phone Number: 15172306294
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Crisp Point was one of four original Lake Superior Life Saving Stations. It...

Crisp Point was one of four original Lake Superior Life Saving Stations. It was built in 1875 and became operational in 1876. Plans to build Crisp Point Lighthouse were originally proposed in 1896 and every year after, until it was finally approved in 1902, to be built with a budget of$18,000. Fifteen acres of land with a quarter mile of lake frontage was purchased in 1903 for $30. Due to continuous erosion, the lighthouse grounds now consist of less than three (3) acres. On May 5th, 1904 the light became operational. The tower housed a fixed 360 degree red fourth order Fresenel Lens. The lighthouse tower stands fifty-eight feet in height from its base to the ventilator ball of the lantern. The tower was placed on a ten foot deep and fourteen foot wide concrete foundation. The lighthouse station also contained a service building attached to the tower, a two family, two story brick keepers house, fog signal building, a boat house, oil house, and barn. Over time numerous cribs, groins, and sheet piling were constructed to prevent erosion, only to be destroyed by the massive forces of Lake Superior. In 1965, because of vandalism and maintenance problems, the United States Coast Guard decided to destroy all remaining buildings except the light tower and its attached service building. In 1996 the service building to the tower perished, the result of numerous Lake Superior storms. It was at this time, Crisp Point Lighthouse was listed as the most endangered lighthouse in the United States. Beginning in 1998 and other years since, large stone has been placed along the shoreline to help slow the threat of erosion. Erosion caused by wind and water will always be a major concern at the light. The service building to the tower was rebuilt over a two year period and opened in 2008. In 2009 the Crisp Point Visitors Center opened. The center is a replica of the fog signal building, containing historical displays, merchandise and restrooms. In the Fall of 2012, a new solar powered light was installed in the lantern room and was turned on in May 2013. This marked the first time the lighthouse had been lit in 20 years. The light is now operated seasonally from May to November as a Private Aid to Navigation (PATON). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VISITOR CENTER IS ONLY OPEN FROM APPROXIMATELY MAY TO NOVEMBER AND THAT COUNTY ROAD 412 IS NOT SNOWPLOWED OR MAINTAINED IN THE WINTER. The Crisp Point Light Historical Society (CPLHS) was formed in 1992 and is a nonprofit 501.C.3 organization. CPLHS is an all volunteer group whose purpose is to restore and preserve Crisp Point Lighthouse for future generations. The solitude and tranquility felt at the light are irreplaceable and the sunsets are some of the best you'll see anywhere. We invite you to visit Crisp Point Lighthouse, it is definitely worth the trip.

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Favorite place on earth! !

Can't say enough about this beautiful place. It's quite a drive to get to it (slow driving and low maintenance road) but we'll worth it. The most beautiful beach . The Most... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
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Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Can't say enough about this beautiful place. It's quite a drive to get to it (slow driving and low maintenance road) but we'll worth it. The most beautiful beach . The Most Beautiful sunsets. I usually spend the whole day there till the sun sets. I loo I've collecting rocks and you can find move beautiful ones than Lake Superior.... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

20 miles on a gravel road that turns into a Sandy road. Take your time, enjoy the Michigan wilderness. The lighthouse is remote and manned by volunteer keepers. This lighthouse was almost lost to mighty Lake Superior and vandalism. It has made quite a comeback due to the efforts of the Crisp Point Lighthouse Society. Their work is never done.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Those choosing to take the 26 mile dirt road to Crisp Point Light are rewarded with a beautiful waterfront vista on Lake Superior as you escape from the forest. The lighthouse and some buildings have been restored. For a fee, visitors are able to climb to the top of the lighthouse.

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CameronLovett, Member, CPLHS Board of Directors at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this review

Hi Roger, Glad to hear that you liked your visit to our lighthouse. However, we do not charge a fee to climb to the top of the tower. Did you give someone money to go to the top? More 

Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

After an 18-mile drive on a dusty, sandy, mostly one-lane road, we arrived at Crisp Point Lighthouse. My car has never been this dusty, but it was well worth the trek. We weren't sure at several points along the road if we were even on the right road! The endpoint was very scenic and interesting though. We climbed the lighthouse,... More 

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2 Thank William S
CameronLovett, Member, CPLHS Board of Directors at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your trip! We are glad to hear that you found the destination scenic and interesting. :-) We hope you come back again! More 

Bay City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

We toured 11 lighthouses on our UP trip early this Fall...This is by far our favorite....It is remote..The drive off the highway is about 8 winding miles, but it is well worth it! It was initially a life saving station in the late 1800, and early 1900...It was incredibly close to falling into Superior, when the county of Luce acquired... More 

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CameronLovett, Member, CPLHS Board of Directors at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your trip to see our lighthouse! Hope you can come back again! More 

Interlochen, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

One of the few remaining lighthouses in MI where you can go outside at the top! Great view of Lake Superior!

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1 Thank k9seiko
CameronLovett, Member, CPLHS Board of Directors at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed the view at the top! Come back again! More 

Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This is a fairly remote lighthouse. You have to take dirt roads all the way and look for the little white lighthouse pointers to find your way. But it is so beautiful up there. I loved it. And if you are looking for rocks and agates, this is a good place to find them because it is more remote and... More 

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CameronLovett, Member, CPLHS Board of Directors at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the lighthouse. Be sure to come back again and visit our web site! More 

Whitehall, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

After all the publicity with ladies lost up there it has been a busier than normal summer at Crisp Point. 10 ,miles of gravel, 10 miles of dirt two track, worth every mile!!! So beautiful!! Put it on your bucket list!!

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Marquette, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The Crisp Point Lighthouse. located 13 miles west of Whitefish Point, is one of the first of four lifesaving stations. Built in 1875, it has a tower which is open to the public and can actually be climbed on weekends.

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CameronLovett, Member, CPLHS Board of Directors at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this review

The life saving station at Crisp Point was built in 1875 and the lighthouse at Crisp Point became operational in 1904. For a while the two were separate entities, with the life saving station being operated by the US Life Saving Service and the lighthouse being operated by the US Lighthouse Service. Both functions were later combined into today's US... More 

Springfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

Great place to visit. Really neat view of Lake Superior. But **Dont let your phone or GPS route you**. We did use our phone and luckily we just happened to be driving our off road, 4 by 4, high clearance pickup. Siri routed us down ATV trails barely wide enough for the truck. The trails had deep water filled holes,... More 

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CameronLovett, Member, CPLHS Board of Directors at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this review

Glad to hear you didn't get stuck! We recommend everyone that is going out to the lighthouse visit our web site and click on the Driving Directions link. We have maps and directions that we recommend people print out before they go. Thanks for reminding people that the GPS can't be relied upon in this remote area! More 

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