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Crisp Point Lighthouse

1944 County Road 412, Newberry, MI 49868
+1 517-230-6294
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Many improvements since last visit!

I came here as a teenager and I remember having to hike out onto the beach to get a good look at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Charlevoix, Michigan
Worth the Trip

If you are planning to visit this lighthouse, plan to make your way there using a vehicle with four... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kelli D
Winchester, Virginia
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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
+1 517-230-6294
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here as a teenager and I remember having to hike out onto the beach to get a good look at the lighthouse. There was nothing else here! Now there is a visitor center, a boardwalk, and you can actually go up into the...More

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CPLHS, President at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for visiting Crisp Point and for your Review. Please come back to visit again soon. Rick

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are planning to visit this lighthouse, plan to make your way there using a vehicle with four wheel drive. I won't say which vehicle we used to travel here, but it was not the appropriate vehicle and we were nervous the whole way....More

Thank Kelli D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The road to the lighthouse is mostly dirt, gravel and sand. But it wasn't too bad even for us in a regular car. It was well worth the drive. The drive is very well marked so you won't turn down a logging road. The little...More

Thank redAzleTX
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Crisp Point Lighthouse is an incredible hidden gem in The Upper Peninsula. Its one of our favorite spots to visit when in the U.P. and has breath taking views and unspoiled beauty. Like many have said the roads heading to the Lighthouse can be a...More

Thank marlew66
Reviewed August 16, 2017 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 August 12, 2017 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 August 14, 2017

Thanks for visiting and posting to TripAdvisor.

Reviewed July 28, 2017 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 July 29, 2017

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 July 27, 2017 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 July 27, 2017 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
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September 15, 2017|
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Response from redAzleTX | Reviewed this property |
I wasn't the stuck car review either. We went in a small rental car 3 weeks ago, and had no issues. You have to go slowly because it has ruts and high spots. If you are the driver you must be paying attention all the time... More
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
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.