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Peninsula Point Lighthouse, Rapid River

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#23 of 31 in Historic Sites in Upper Peninsula
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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The Peninsula Point Light is a lighthouse located at the southern tip of the Stonington Peninsula in Bay de Noc township in Delta County, Michigan. United States Coast Guard historical documents have over the years listed the name of the site as both Peninsula Point and Point Peninsula.ServiceThe Stonington Peninsula juts into Lake Michigan from the southern coast of Michigan's Upper Peninsula at a key point along the shipping lanes to and from the docks of Escanaba and Gladstone, as a hazardous shoal extends more than out into the lake, posing a hazard to shipping. Thus the light had two purposes: (1) it marked a turning point; and (2) it warned mariners away from the rocks and shallows. Danger was inherent in the confluence of reefs and the shipping channels, through which fish, iron ore, lumber, along with other products were transported. "The U.S. Government recognized the need for a lighthouse on the peninsula to aid navigation around these dangerous shoals and reefs separating Big Bay de Noc, Little Bay de Noc, and Green Bay of Lake Michigan."
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  • Not a bad drive in off the main road last few miles is dirt. On the point sits an old small 2 story lighthouse. Very charming. You can walk to the top but watch you don't hit your head. Bring... 
    Not a bad drive in off the main road last few miles is dirt. On the point sits an old small 2 story lighthouse. Very charming. You can walk to the top but watch you don't hit your head. Bring...  more »
  • Careful on the drive out, the road/trail isn't the best. There are parts only wide enough for one car and some pretty deep holes, muddy and wet drive. You can climb the steps to the top of the... 
    Careful on the drive out, the road/trail isn't the best. There are parts only wide enough for one car and some pretty deep holes, muddy and wet drive. You can climb the steps to the top of the...  more »
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  • This one is definitely what one would call remote. But we’re on a mission to see all of the Michigan lighthouses viewable from land! Long drive down the peninsula to this abandoned lighthouse tower. What’s cool about this one is you can still climb up it! My kids LOVED playing on the stairs and peeking out the windows. Great view from the top! Quiet little park to enjoy lunch!
  • A remote destination site, but one that is well worth the trip. The Point offers a park with some picnic tables, on-site grills, a beach area (everything is swim at your own risk), some public pit restrooms, and the historic Peninsula Point Lighthouse. This Lighthouse is no longer in use for maritime services, but it is open to the public for viewing. Visitors are also able to climb the spiral staircase inside the Lighthouse to get to the top viewing area.

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