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Crisp Point Lighthouse

1944 County Road 412, Newberry, MI 49868
+1 517-230-6294
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Crisp Point Light House - An end point worth driving to on a challenging but fun unpaved road

We planned to visit this place after visiting the Tahquamenon Falls state park. We initially missed... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Manjunath P
Tampa, Florida
Beautiful View - Interesting Roads

Everything I read before going here was true. The roads are logging roads with ruts, and large... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
Cheri M
Springfield, Missouri
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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
+1 517-230-6294
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We planned to visit this place after visiting the Tahquamenon Falls state park. We initially missed the turn to get to the lighthouse as the road was a mud road and went a long way ahead before realizing we were going away from the place....More

Thank Manjunath P
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Everything I read before going here was true. The roads are logging roads with ruts, and large puddles in the middle of woods--we were thankful for 4-wheel drive. But the lighthouse and the view from the top were beautiful, even on a chilly, windy day....More

Thank Cheri M
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

The road to get to this lighthouse is an adventure in itself. We went the day after a significant rainfall, which I would not recommend unless you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle or a minimum of a 2 wheel drive truck. Once there, it is a...More

Thank Jeffrey S
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This well worth the trip if you love lighthouses. The 18 miles of gravel dirt and sand roadway are the only drawback. The first 10 miles are mainly gravel and fairly good but very dusty. The last 8 miles are narrow and sandy mainly a...More

2  Thank barrym585
CameronLovett, Webmaster at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thanks for your great review. Glad to hear that loading the Google Maps onto your phone worked. I've heard quite a few other people say that it seems to work ok too. See you next year!

Reviewed 1 October 2017

Worth a visit. The lighthouse is beautifully restored. Great views of the coast line from the top of the lighthouse. The road to the light house, not so much! We drove their in September on a mildly rainy day in a Honda Civic and were...More

1  Thank John_from_MN
Reviewed 13 September 2017

I came here as a teenager and I remember having to hike out onto the beach to get a good look at the lighthouse. There was nothing else here! Now there is a visitor center, a boardwalk, and you can actually go up into the...More

1  Thank aubrey_25_99
CPLHS, President at Crisp Point Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thanks for visiting Crisp Point and for your Review. Please come back to visit again soon. Rick

Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

If you are planning to visit this lighthouse, plan to make your way there using a vehicle with four wheel drive. I won't say which vehicle we used to travel here, but it was not the appropriate vehicle and we were nervous the whole way....More

2  Thank Kelli D
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

The road to the lighthouse is mostly dirt, gravel and sand. But it wasn't too bad even for us in a regular car. It was well worth the drive. The drive is very well marked so you won't turn down a logging road. The little...More

Thank redAzleTX
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Crisp Point Lighthouse is an incredible hidden gem in The Upper Peninsula. Its one of our favorite spots to visit when in the U.P. and has breath taking views and unspoiled beauty. Like many have said the roads heading to the Lighthouse can be a...More

Thank marlew66
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

This lighthouse is free to go up and an exciting and bumpy drive to get there. It's hidden way back in the woods. Worth the drive but I'd take a truck.

Thank Kimberlynn D
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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
17 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
Stephanie V
28 June 2017|
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Response from CameronLovett | Property representative |
Yes, Pets need to be on a leash when on lighthouse property and any waste picked up.