Point Iroquois Lighthouse, Sault Ste. Marie

Point Iroquois Light is a lighthouse on a Chippewa County bluff in the U.S. state of Michigan. Point Iroquois and its light mark the division line between Whitefish Bay and the western end of the St. Marys River, the connection between Lake Superior and other Great Lakes.
Point Iroquois includes a larger geographic area than the light station site. It was named for the Iroquois warriors massacred there by the Ojibwe in 1662. Native Algonkians called the point "Nadouenigoning", composed of the words "Nadone" (Iroquois) and "Akron" (bone).
In 1620, French explorers Étienne Brûlé and Grenoble became the first recorded white men to the area. "From that time, Point Iroquois became a familiar landmark" for French explorers, fur traders and missionaries who followed. Sault Ste. Marie was the first white settlement in what became known as Michigan.
First lighthouseIn 1853 Congress, which had approved the construction of the first Soo Locks on the St. Mary's River, appropriated $5,000 for the construction of what would be the first lighthouse at Point Iroquois. In 1855-1856 the United States Lighthouse Board implemented this appropriation and built a wood and rubble stone lighthouse at the Point; this aid to navigation commenced operations on June 18, 1856. The first Point Iroquois light was a 45ft rubble stone tower with a wooden lantern deck, outfitted with a flashing white fourth order Fresnel lens. Being built on the Point's highest ground, this first light had a 63ft focal plane, and a range of visibility of. A dwelling for a full-time lightkeeper was included as part of the complex. The St. Martin Reef Light is a twin of this first light station.
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  • A small lighthouse with a small museum and a few trails. Interesting, but I probably wouldn’t make a special trip to see it.  more »
  • Made a stop here after visiting the Soo Locks. We just wanted to make a drive along the shore of Lake Superior and you can not pass up a light house. Board walks leading down the the beaches, steps to...  more »
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  • Very Nice stop when touring the Upper Peninsula. Great spot to stretch your legs and learn some history. I have never timed it correctly to visit the museum, but I am sure it is nice. The beach area is very nice with boardwalks and interpretive signs. Great spot for taking photos and doing self guided tours. Make sure you take the steps up to the top of the 1870's lighthouse for spectacular views.
  • Was absolutely lovely. Extremely clear water with a nice beach with a mix of sand and rocks. Ended up rock hunting for almost an hour. Museum is free to tour and shows off the history of the lighthouse. Great stop for about one to two hours. Note: Water can be cool so swimming may be ill advised

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