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Crisp Point Lighthouse

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Address: 1944 County Road 412, Newberry, MI 49868
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+1 517-230-6294
11:00 - 17:00
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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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Yearly Adventure!

What an adventure! I love those roads, one can never find them in the same condition as the trip before. The work on the lighthouse keeps improving year after year, thanks to the... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2017
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

What an adventure! I love those roads, one can never find them in the same condition as the trip before. The work on the lighthouse keeps improving year after year, thanks to the membership, the donations, and all the volunteer work and keepers. I just totally love it!

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

Yes you are right about the roads. It's what makes the trip an adventure! We definitely wouldn't be able to do all these renovations without our volunteers and their generous donations. We are planning to work on the interior this year and add more erosion control stone. Thanks for your support! More 

Otsego, Michigan
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Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

We have come to Crisp Point many times. Discovered it when my husband and I saw a light house sign and decided to give it a try. The road is quite an experience but it's a lot of fun to drive if you know what to expect. And when you get there you are blown away by how well kept... More 

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Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

It's a mildly hellish drive up the 11 mile two track to this place, but it's real up northy and beautiful. And, yeah, there's a nice lighthouse on the shore. I bought a sweet map of Lake Superior in the gift shop and my girlfriend climbed to the top of the lighthouse. I took her picture.

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Bailey, Colorado
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

I was brought to Crisp Point by a good offroad Jeep and the world's least informative sign. We were driving along MI-123, enjoying the fall foliage, when I pulled over to take some pictures. There was an unassuming little white arrow that said "Lighthouse" nailed to a tree. "Hey, let's go see the lighthouse," I said. I had no idea... More 

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ricterway, President CPLHS at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of Crisp Point. This summer has been a wet one in the eastern UP. Normally there may be a few water holes right after a good rain but this year they have not had time to dry up before the next big rain. As long as you follow the normal rout as you did I have... More 

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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Truly amazing place to visit, but what a drive. 20 miles of two track with mud puddles up to the bottom of the car(SUV) and maybe 10 mph average. The view and remoteness were well worth the trip.The care taker was extremely knowledgeable and informative. What a place to get away from it all.

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Taylor, Michigan
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Wife and I stopped here during a 2015 fall color tour. Building had a lot of interesting history. Incredible views from the top of the lighthouse

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Marquette, Michigan
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is such a great place to visit. If you go you have to do the tower climb. It is such a beautiful view from up on top. They do close at the end of Oct and re-open in May. Everything was great to see.

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Lancaster, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

So, this is listed as an 18 mile drive on their brochure. It’s on a hard-packed dirt/sand road, which is not quite so hard packed when it rained all night the night before…. We made it 11 miles in our camper before we got to a giant puddle that covered the entire road. With no cell service to reach a... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Reviewed 23 September 2016

This lighthouse is very elusive. The drive to get back to it is a two track with very slippery sand and not very much wiggle room BUT in the end, it is incredible. The beach is gorgeous and you can climb into the tower and overlook Lake Superior. It's so cool~ The drive isn't for the faint of heart but... More 

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Brighton, Michigan
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

This lighthouse is a challenge to find, but if you look closely, you can see tiny signs with arrows pointing to the location. It is all dirt roads and about 25 miles (on dirt roads, did I mention that-with pot holes, narrow at one point, and speed did not go above 30 MPH) from Stump Junction, which is about 25... More 

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