Whitefish Point Light

1848

LAKE SUPERIOR LIGHTS

USCG PHOTO

LIGHTHOUSES OF MICHIGAN

"In all of steamboat navigation on Lake Superior, there is none more dreaded by the mariner than that from Grand Island to White Fish Point, and this is especially the case late in the season when the fall storms make navigation the most hazardous and the heaviest and most valuable freights are in transit."
--- The Mining Journal, 29 July 1871 ---

There have been about 70 major shipwrecks on this shore of Lake Superior, the most famous, of course, being the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on 10 November 1975.

LOCATION: On Whitefish Point, NW side of Whitefish Bay, SE end of Lake Superior

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1861

CURRENT USE: Active aid to navigation

AUTOMATED: 1970

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Concrete / Pile

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Iron

TOWER SHAPE: Skeletal with central column --- 48 ft. tall

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: White

ORIGINAL LENS: Winslow Lewis lamps and reflectors --- Fourth Order, Fresnel 1857 (1858 Light List) --- Third Order, Fresnel (1898 Light List)

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: This station is the oldest active light station on Lake Superior.  It was rebuilt in 1861, as was Manitou Island, and both are the oldest iron skeletal towers on the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum operates in a building by the light tower and is open from 10am - 6pm, seven days a week from May 1 through October 31.  You can also spend the night in the adaptively restored 1923 USCG Lifeboat Station Crews Quarters.  For more information contact: 
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, 18335 N. Whitefish Point Rd., Paradise, MI  49768     (888) 492-3747
or visit their website at www.shipwreckmuseum.com

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