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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  • This place is absolutely breathtaking. The lighthouse and beach is great. As always, Superior is a cold one, but the kids didn't mind. Clean beach.  more »
  • climbed the tower for the beautiful view, talk with the docent and walked down the beach for a mile or so. breathtakingly beautiful. go on a sunny day. and if its later in the summer, the swimming is ...  more »
  • Took take a day trip driving around the Upper Peninsula and saw a small sign for the lighthouse. Decided to follow the signs down a series of logging/forest roads on a whim and I was not disappointed! The lighthouse has recently been restored and you can climb it at your own risk. There are boardwalks all across the dunes to protect the natural landscape as well. You can explore the lighthouse or follow the boardwalk down to the beach where you can sit and watch the waves. Definitely worth the detour!!
  • Amazing views and secluded. The roads to get there can be treacherous at times for some cars but plan ahead and use the right vehicle and you are in for a gorgeous view.

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