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Crisp Point Lighthouse

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Address: 1944 County Road 412, Newberry, MI 49868
Phone Number: 15172306294
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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This is a beautiful setting on Lake Superior. You can walk to the top of the light house. The beach around the lighthouse is beautiful and the sunsets are incredible.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Vickie P
Stanton, Michigan
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Stanton, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful setting on Lake Superior. You can walk to the top of the light house. The beach around the lighthouse is beautiful and the sunsets are incredible.

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Minerva, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Although the road is long, and narrow, the 18 mile journey is well worth the trip! I thought that I was given wrong information when I was told that it took a traveler over an hour to drive back to the CRISP POINT Lighthouse...but she was right! The breathtaking wooded views and fresh pine smells delight the senses. Upon arrival,... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

18 miles back CR 500 from SR123 W. Very scenic, driver needs to be alert to opposing vehicles. Lighthouse is a work in progress by apparently dedicated people. Not a hard climb and the effort is well work it.

Thank Irvin A
DeWitt, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really beautiful place to stop. The climb up in the lighthouse was steep bit fun! The view is beautiful. Everything was kept very nice.

Thank LISA C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is 19 miles of dirt road. If you have a nice car this may not be the route for you. It's dusty and rough, except where there's huge mud puddles. It' s a very basic lighthouse once you get there.

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South Bend, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have watched Crisp Point be restored from a shambles ready to tumble into the lake to a well restored attraction. The Historical Society has done a great job keeping this piece of local history. A great place to sit and just "be". Getting here is part of the experience.

Thank Sharon G
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I traveled to this lighthouse not knowing what a true 20 mile drive down a dirt road would be like in the UP. It had recently stormed earlier that day so our drive to the lighthouse was quite the adventure. The road begins wide enough you can easily drive at a steady pace but as you get... More 

Thank Andrew G
Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first visit was in 2004. We returned over the 4th this year. The now have a gift shop and flush toilets! There is an expanded boardwalk with picnic tables which was perfect for our lunch. The tower was open and we were able to go in the outside for a stunning view of the lake. This is an out... More 

Thank Sue L
Battle Creek, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been visiting from under the bridge, saw this on Facebook and decided to check it out. It was a loooooooooooog way, but well worth it. Wish I had packed a lunch. Next time for sure. Very glad we have a truck by the way. Little cars beware.😎

Thank Donna N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our trek to Crisp Point began after we stopped at Tahquamenon Falls. From that location it is an 18 mile drive that takes about an hour depending on road conditions. It is a gravel and dirt (or mud if it has rained) road. At times we weren't sure if our minivan could make it on the very rough roads but... More 

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