Crisp Point Lighthouse

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Crisp Point Lighthouse
1944 Co Hwy 412
Newberry, MI 49868
906-658-3600 (Gift Shop - open late may to mid-october)

All correspondence should go to the Crisp Point Light Historical Society (below). No mail is delivered to the physical lighthouse.

Getting To The Lighthouse
Please DO NOT use your GPS! It will send you to the swamp! For directions see their website at

Crisp Point Light Historical Society
Rick Brockway, President
450 W Marr Rd
Howell, MI 48855
517-230-6294 (cell)

Come visit one of Michigan's best kept secrets.

Surrounded by thousands of acres of forests on the shores of Lake Superior... a more peaceful and beautiful place you will be hard pressed to find.

Crisp Point was one of the four original Lake Superior Life Saving Stations. It was built in 1875 and was operational in 1876.

Crisp Point Lighthouse was first proposed in 1896 and every year thereafter until finally approved in 1902. The land was purchased - fifteen acres - at a price of $30. The deed was dated May 21, 1903.

The lantern room was crowned with a fixed 360-degree red fourth order lens. The lighthouse tower stands fifty eight feet from its base to the ventilator ball of the lantern. The fog signal building was a brick structure, 22' x 42', with a tin tile roof. A brick service room was connected to the tower in 1906. The landing crib was 12' wide by 132' long with a bulkhead 20' square. It was built on the west side of the boathouse, filled with stone and decked.

In all, there was a two family brick light keepers dwelling with basement, brick fog signal building, oil house, two frame barns, boathouse and landing, tramway, tower, and service entrance room as well as the lifesaving station buildings.

The Crisp Point Light Historical Society was formed in 1992 to restore and preserve the Crisp Point Lighthouse for our and future generations to learn about and enjoy as a non-commercial historic attraction. There is still much restoration and preservation work to be done.

The solitude and tranquility felt at the light are irreplaceable and the sunsets are some of the best you’ll see anywhere. All trouble seem small when surrounded by the power of God.

Important Dates

  • 1896 - Crisp Point Light proposed
  • 1902 - Project approved
  • 1903 - Fog signal building constructed
  • 1903 - Boiler destroyed by storm. Machinery for second fog signal installed
  • 1903-1904 - Lighthouse constructed
  • 1904 - Became operational
  • 1906 - Brick service room built connected to lighthouse tower
  • 1907 - Landing crib built
  • 1965 - All but light tower destroyed by Coast Guard
  • 1993 - Light was decommissioned
  • 1996 - Brick entrance building destroyed by erosion & storms
  • 1997 - Light listed as the most endangered lighthouse in the U.S.A.
  • 1997 - Luce County becomes owner, gives 40 year lease to Historical Society
  • 1998 - Rock brought in to save tower
  • 1999 - Road extended to lighthouse, tower painted, upper window installed
  • 2000 - Trees planted to stop wind erosion
  • 2001 - Boardwalk constructed
  • 2002 - Benches were installed
  • 2003 - Large stone brought in for erosion control
  • 2006 - Stone brought in to protect east side of tower
  • 2006-2008 - Entrance building was rebuilt
  • 2007 - More large stone brought in to protect east side of tower

Future Projects

  • Build restroom
  • Rebuild some of the smaller buildings
  • Will need more stone for erosion control
  • Constant painting and repair

Crisp Point Light Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. Donate on their website at

If you have new or updated information about Crisp Point Lighthouse, please contact us.

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