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Crisp Point Lighthouse

1944 County Road 412, Newberry, MI 49868
+1 517-230-6294
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This lighthouse is free to go up and an exciting and bumpy drive to get there. It's hidden way back... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kimberlynn D
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You can go when it is closed. Beware of road though!

Not a car ride for the weak. Shop I have seen cars and caravans make it however they may have a few... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Josh R
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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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1944 County Road 412, Newberry, MI 49868
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This lighthouse is free to go up and an exciting and bumpy drive to get there. It's hidden way back in the woods. Worth the drive but I'd take a truck.

Thank Kimberlynn D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a car ride for the weak. Shop I have seen cars and caravans make it however they may have a few tense moments ☺️. The road is forever long, endless curves and very bumps with car sized puddles. They puddles are not mushy and...More

Thank Josh R
ricterway, President of CPLHS at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for visiting and posting to TripAdvisor.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! Half the adventure was getting there. Don't take the "short cut" offered on Maps. We spent over 2 hours finding our way on poorly marked I maintained dirt roads and snowmobile paths. Once we got within 4 miles but had to backtrack due to...More

Thank bmboo
CameronLovett, Member, Board of Directors at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you were able to find your way without getting stuck. The only way we recommend that people go is from M-123 to County Road 500 to County Road 412. We have driving directions on our web site (www.crisppointlighthouse.org) and a map on our brochures...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very Beautiful....long ride on small county road but worth the trip. You can picnic and play on the beach of Lake Superior

Thank JoAnn M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived just before closing. Walked thru the gift shop and went to the rock beach area. Kids enjoyed it. Pretty site.

Thank Farmergirl3
Reviewed July 10, 2017

The location is beautiful, however, the hour trip to the Lighthouse is full of ruts, mud, logs, rocks and uneven drive. It took me three days to clean my car, The end of the road by the Lighthouse is worth the trip It would think...More

Thank 73michael2z
Reviewed July 10, 2017

We hadn't planned to visit this lighthouse. In fact we hadn't even heard of it before, but we saw a sign for "Lighthouse - 18 miles" off the road we were on and thought we'd give it a shot. So glad we did! The road...More

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CameronLovett, Member, CPLHS Board of Directors at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Come back again!

Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

From Whitefish Point Lighthouse, the next one to the west is Crisp Point. Started as a life saving station in 1800s, a light was erected in early 1900s. Fell into decline through erosion and vandalism. A hearty group of volunteers have saved and improved the...More

2  Thank Dwwantz
ricterway, President CPLHS at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2017

Thank you so much for visiting our Lighthouse. Sounds like you came in the back way (trail 8). Fun time if you have four-wheel drive. Would like to make one minor correction. There are 51 steps and 11 on the ladder but whos counting :)

Reviewed July 3, 2017

We spent 10 days and saw lots of waterfalls and 11 lighthouses in Michigan. If our going across the Upper Peninsula this is a must see lighthouse. There are good angles for photography. Recommended.

Thank Delmar M
CameronLovett, Member, Board of Directors at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2017

We glad you enjoyed your trip across Michigan. Thanks for the review!

Reviewed June 26, 2017 via mobile

GPS showed over an hour drive off the main drag. It was right. Long dirt (mud, rock, some water) road. Great lighthouse experience. I'm sure the drive would have been more fun in a Jeep, but yes we made it fine in our little Kia,...More

1  Thank P S
CameronLovett, Member, Board of Directors at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review Crisp Point. AND, thank you for proving to everyone that you can make it in a little Kia! :-) Thank you for visiting Crisp Point Lighthouse!!

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kasaWisconsin
July 16, 2017|
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Response from CameronLovett | Property representative |
If you take the recommended route on our web site which is M-123 to Luce County Rd 500 to Luce County Rd 412 and take it slow and easy you should not have any problems getting there. That being said if your vehicle is not... More
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Stephanie V
June 27, 2017|
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Response from CameronLovett | Property representative |
Yes, Pets need to be on a leash when on lighthouse property and any waste picked up.
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Stephanie V
June 27, 2017|
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Response from CameronLovett | Property representative |
Pets need to be on a leash when on lighthouse property and any waste picked up. This is posted on our web site under the Volunteer Keepers section.
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