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Crisp Point Lighthouse

1944 County Road 412, Newberry, MI 49868
+1 517-230-6294
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Beautiful Lighthouse

It was a long drive (18 miles +-) and almost all dirt road. Make sure you have enough fuel. Once... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
wiserguys
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Elkhart, Indiana
Wonderful

The volunteers at this lighthouse have done an amazing job or restoration, erosion prevention, and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
knotaguru
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Livonia, Michigan
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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
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It was a long drive (18 miles +-) and almost all dirt road. Make sure you have enough fuel. Once you get there, the view is amazing! A great trip!

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CameronLovett, Board Member at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the review and we’re glad you enjoyed the experience!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The volunteers at this lighthouse have done an amazing job or restoration, erosion prevention, and improving the grounds for visitors. The view is spectacular. As others have noted, if is a long ways off the main road, and gets very rough at times, it it...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All wheel drive would be my recommendation for getting here. Enjoy the beauty of the trip and take it slow. The lighthouse is marvelous and I enjoyed being able to climb up to the top. Lots of steps, no elevator, however they were not too...More

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CPLHS, President CPLHS at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting and your great review

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you go be prepared! Dirt road, don't use gps, follow the lighthouse sings. Oh make sure you have towstrap,ax, or bow saw with you. We went the day after a storm and had to remove a tree that fell in the road. But all...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Crisp Pt. Lighthouse is a wonderful trip if you are willing to travel about 20 miles on gravel & dirt (sand) roads to get there. Once you get there, the climb up the 60+ steps (and ladder) is well worth the great view you get...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful hidden gem on Lake Superior... We dared to follow the signs and stay on the trail for an unbelievable excursion into a rock hunters paradise. The light is beautiful, and you can explore that and a little museum. There is a store...More

1  Thank Darlene D
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CPLHS, President at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Darlene for your great review. However I would like to make one correction. We do not have any campsites for general use. The weekend you visited was our yearly Family work / camping weekend. Normally only the Keepers are allowed to stay on the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took on the 36-mile round trip gravel drive in my minivan. Wondered a few times if we were even going to make it!! But once you get there you will realize it is well worth the 30 minute drive. Gorgeous beach, you can climb the...More

1  Thank Dina K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a fascinating piece of history! They have really worked hard to preserve it. The volunteers in the visitor center were enthusiastic and helpful. They were especially outgoing in interactions with our 6 kids (ages 3-11) The lighthouse itself is simply open, just go thru...More

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CameronLovett, Board Member at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the feedback! Can you let us know when you visited so we can be sure to give our volunteers a pat on the back for doing a great job?

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Reviewed 4 June 2018

Little tough to get to, but well worth it. Beautiful Lighthouse and surrounding buildings. Friendly light keepers.

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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

Crisp Point Lighthouse is by far one of my most favorite places on earth. By. Far. It is well worth the drive. I always pack a picnic and stay as long as possible. The lighthouse keepers are super friendly and knowledgeable. The gift shop is...More

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LMixdorf
26 June 2018|
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Response from CPLHS | Property representative |
Hi, the roads to the lighthouse (CR500 & Cr412) have been in really good shape this year. There has been limited Logging Truck traffic so that has helped to keep the road better. It has been really dry in our area so... More
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pasadena5150
16 September 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
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kasaWisconsin
16 July 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
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