Crisp Point Lighthouse, Newberry

Crisp Point was one of five U.S. Life-Saving Service Stations along the coast of Lake Superior between Munising and Whitefish Point in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Located about west of Whitefish Point, in 1876 it became Life Saving Station Number Ten, of the U.S. Life-Saving Service District 10 (later part of District 11). Crisp Point is named from one of the Life Saving Station keepers, Christopher Crisp, who is said to have been "an iron-willed boatman." Surfmen were stationed there to aid mariners and ships in distress. The station, along with the rest of the United States Life-Saving Service, was integrated into the United States Coast Guard in 1915. (In 1939 the U.S. Lighthouse Service also merged under the control of the Coast Guard). Due to the fact that the US Life-Saving Service and the US Lighthouse Service were originally two distinct entities, the Crisp Point Life Saving Station and the Crisp Point Lighthouse were also originally two separate entities.
The other four Life-Saving Stations were Vermilion Point (now Vermilion, Michigan), about five miles (8 km) east of Crisp Point, Two Hearted River, 5or west of Crisp Point, Deer Park, Michigan (formerly known as the Sucker River Station and Muskallonge Lake Station), about 10or west of Two Hearted River, and Grand Marais about 15or west of Deer Park.
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  • Snowmobiled to light house on March 2nd. Very pretty. The ride was very bumpy, but that's expected since it's not a groomed trail.  more »
  • WOW! It took us about 3 hours to figure out how to get here. We are from a little simple small town in Ohio, so finding this place was hard BUT with that being said it had AMAZING views, I was in AWE....  more »
  • Beautiful Lighthouse! We had to drive down a dirt road for 20 miles to get to this beauty! We drove a Nissan Altima to the lighthouse and it wasn't bad at all. Just be patient and take your time. Also if it has rained in the past day or two I wouldn't make the trip unless you have a four wheel drive vehicle. We drove out on a dry day and it hadn't rained in the last week. So if the conditions are as I just described, you should be fine if your driving a sedan. When we got to this wonderful lighthouse, we were greeted by these two wonderful woman in the gift shop. They told us all about the lighthouse and we're extremely friendly and easy to talk to. So if you want something to do on a sunny day in northern Michigan, go to this wonderful lighthouse. You will love it! One more thing, don't forget to sign their guest book, it helps with funding to keep the light beautiful!
  • Don't use Google maps for directions here. It will take you places only 4 wheel drive can save you from. Follow the road signs. Quite possibly the most remote lighthouse on the great lakes that you can drive to. Beautiful! Stunning views. Pure U.P. Michigan.

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