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Crisp Point Lighthouse

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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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Little tough to get to, but worth it.

The place is free to visit. You can climb the actual litehouse and take pictures. The place is run off of donations, so please at least donate. The staff is volunteer and can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Farmer City, Illinois
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Farmer City, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The place is free to visit. You can climb the actual litehouse and take pictures. The place is run off of donations, so please at least donate. The staff is volunteer and can answer your questions. This was in the top two of my litehouse list. The views from the top are amazing. The beach is pretty cool also. A... More 

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Le Center, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my favorite lighthouse of the 4 we visited on this trip. It is 100% free will donation and staffed by volunteers. A couple from Ohio provided a great 20 minute talk about the light house and we spent about over an hour just walking around, taking pictures and enjoying this site, even though it was an overcast and... More 

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Detroit
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After 8 years we went back to the bear ranch. Wish you could have more interaction with the cubs, but they explained due to the federal government there can only a very brief picture with the cub. Make sure you are not close to closing time because they close at 5:00 on the dot! Really neat to see them feed... More 

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Brooklyn, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

In my way to Newberry I decided to go to the lighthouse. None of the signs indicated it was 18.5 miles out there! DO NOT USE GPS to get there! Doubt you will have cell service. Did see a car broken down along side of the road. Be smart traveling in the boondocks - take food and water- Just follow... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Skip the tourist traps, be sure you have good tires, and head off the beaten path to Crisp Point. They are restoring the lighthouse but you can still walk up the staircase for an amazing view! Plus there is a little museum/shop and the keepers rotate every few days so be sure to meet them and learn a bit about... More 

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Thank Lori G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing view from both the top of the lighthouse to the beaches below!!! Make sure to take in this location!!! Make sure to know where you going, not that well marked! But so very well worth the drive!!

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Verona, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure and print the directions before going. In this part of the UP there is no cell service and most of the road back in is a seasonal gravel road. But it is well worth the trip. The historical society has done a great job in saving the lighthouse from tumbling into Lake Superior and everything is very well... More 

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Stanton, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 July 22, 2016

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 July 18, 2016

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.

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