#56 – Check out the Crisp Point Lighthouse

See the sign to the right that says "Lighthouse"? Signs like that mark the road all the way to Crisp Point from M-123.

See the sign to the right that says “Lighthouse”? Signs like that mark the road all the way to Crisp Point from M-123.

Crisp Point – Remote but Beautiful

The Crisp Point Lighthouse is one of Michigan’s most remote lighthouses, but it’s also one of it’s most scenic.

Situated a few miles west of Whitefish Point as the crow flies, and roughly forty-five minutes away from Tahquamenon Falls, Crisp Point is well worth checking out. Even if you’re not a huge maritime fan, the view from the top of the lighthouse and the scenic beach on which it stands make this well worth the trek.

Besides, if you plan to visit the Tahquamenon Falls area, you’re already going to be nearby. And in my opinion visiting Crisp Point is easily one of the top things to do in this area.

My Experience at Crisp Point

I was visiting the Tahquamenon Falls brewery while researching my U.P. Breweries book and decided to drive out to Crisp Point while in the area. I’ve been wanting to visit this lighthouse since I first read about it a few years ago and now that I’ve been there, I’m a little bummed it took me so long!

crisp point lighthouse view

The view from the top of the lighthouse is expansive.

County Road 500 is only about five miles southwest of the Upper Tahquamenon Falls, and both it and CR-412 (the road that ultimately leads you to the lighthouse) are well maintained gravel roads that weave through a huge and mostly undeveloped wilderness.

Recent renovation efforts have done much for the lighthouse. There’s a little store on site that sells Crisp Point memorabilia (staffed by a rotation of volunteers) and sections of boardwalk lead you to both the beach and the lighthouse. There is no fee to climb the tower, and man, it’s such a beautiful view from up there. The photos I took may look nice but trust me; this is something you should see for yourself.

I’d recommend allotting either a whole morning or afternoon to visit Crisp Point so you have time to walk the beach, climb the lighthouse tower, learn a little of the history and just enjoy the area. The lighthouse sits on a huge, undeveloped section of beach and you’d be remiss if you didn’t explore it.

This was my first visit to the Crisp Point Lighthouse, but it definitely won’t be my last.

crisp point lighthouse

A view of the lighthouse from the boardwalk.

Bottom Line: A visit to the Crisp Point Lighthouse is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon when visiting the Tahquamenon Falls area. Climb the tower, walk the beach and enjoy this serene section of the Upper Peninsula.

Getting there: About five miles west of Upper Tahquamenon Falls, turn off M-123 onto CR-500 and drive for 11.6 miles, then veer right onto CR-412. Drive 6.5 miles on CR-412 and arrive at the lighthouse. The drive will probably be about 45 minutes each way. You can view a map of the area here: http://crisppointlighthouse.org/drive.html

Website: http://crisppointlighthouse.org

Map: To view the Crisp Point Lighthouse’s location on my map of the Upper Peninsula, click here.

Photos: To view more photos of my trip to the Crisp Point Lighthouse, click here to visit the Crisp Point Lighthouse album on my Facebook page.

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2 Responses to #56 – Check out the Crisp Point Lighthouse

  1. Angela June 26, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    My husband and I spent our honeymoon in the U.P. and we passed the lighthouse signs to Crisp Point several times before we decided to go find it and I have to say it is still one of the top things we loved about our trip. Truly beautiful, secluded and shows the true beauty of Michigan! It has been 7 years since our honeymoon and that will be the first place we go when we go back!

  2. diane July 2, 2015 at 8:38 am #

    very remote to get to. not a creature was stirring! because the road is sand/rock….had to drive the 18 miles very slow. it was well worth the trip . I highly recommend the drive. In the summer it doesn’t get dark until 11:00. The scenery at the lighthouse was spectacular. I would like to go back again. The volunteer light keepers were very informative and enjoyable to talk to . We went the last week of June 2015.

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