Whitefish Point Light Station is located 10 miles (16kms) from Paradise in Michigan’s Chippewa County on the top point of Whitefish Bay. Built in 1861, it is the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior. It remains an integral beacon for the shoreline known as “Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast” that has claimed at least 200 ships. The most legendary wreck being the Edmund Fitzgerald that went down just 15 miles (24.1km) northeast of the point. The 76 feet (23m) tall light station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. This is also the site of the popular Great Lake Shipwreck Museum where visitors learn about the history of the perilous waters and the ships it’s claimed.
Guided tours are available for the Lightkeeper’s Quarters, the Surfboat House and of the course, the Lighthouse. With a donation of $5, you can climb the 56 stairs to the top of this historical lighthouse and witness the most amazing vantage point of Lake Superior. For a closer look at the mighty lake, there is an accessible boardwalk that leads to the beautiful Whitefish Point Beach. You even have an opportunity to make a reservation for the Crews Quarters Overnight Program between June 1 and October 31.
Hours of Operation: Mid-May to Mid-Oct 10am – 4pm daily