Whitefish Point Light Station and Shipwreck Museum — Paradise, Michigan

We spent three nights in a tiny cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We were about 20 feet from the shore of Whitefish Bay, on Lake Superior. Out the picture window, we could watch tankers steaming down the bay toward Sault Ste. Marie.

Just up the road a ways was the Whitefish Point Light Station and Shipwreck Museum. We spent $23 for the family, which gave us access to everything the place had to offer.

  • A video on the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
  • A one-room shipwreck museum that was very well done. It included the bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald.
  • The lighthouse keeper’s quarters in the base of the lighthouse. (We couldn’t go up in the tower.)
  • The Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. The point is an excellent place to view birds during migration, but we were there at the wrong time of year.
  • A gift shop where we bought some fudge.
  • A short trail to a platform on top of the dunes that overlooked the lighthouse and Lake Superior.

We enjoyed it all, but it only took us an hour and a half to see everything, and it was all we had planned for the entire day.

The station was built in 1861, and is still in use, although it was automated in 1971. The light is 80 feet above the lake.

Whitefish Point Light, Michigan - June, 2003

Whitefish Point Light, Michigan - June, 2003

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