Whitefish Point Light Station, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and Bird Observatory
Featured Upper Michigan Attractions
Whitefish Point Light Station
Since 1849, the Whitefish Point Light Station has been a working life-saving beacon for traveling ships on Lake Superior. It is the oldest working Upper Michigan lighthouse on this lake. The legendary Edmund Fitzgerald steamer sank just fifteen miles northwest of this light house in 1975. The Whitefish Point Light Station's tower remains working and standing today.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is located at Whitefish point and is open May through October. Founded in 1975, this non-profit organization offers a glimpse into the rich history of Lake Superior. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has a large collection of information and historical relics from shipwrecks including the famous Edmund Fitzgerald. There are 550 major shipwrecks throughout Lake Superior also known as gichigami, by the Ojibwe, meaning “big water”. Approximately 200 of these sunken ships lie within the area surrounding Whitefish Point. At the museum, guests can also check out the Shipwreck Coast Museum Store.
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
The Whitefish Point Bird Observatory is a magnificent place in which migrating birds can be found traversing every spring and fall. This unique place located at Whitefish Point has naturally become a corridor for bird migration that numbers into the thousands. The observatory has been working on documenting this phenomenon for over thirty years. “Our mission is to document the distribution and abundance of birds in the Great Lakes Region, with special emphasis on migration.”
Whitefish Point Resources and Links:
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum: www.shipwreckmuseum.com
Whitefish Point Light Station: www.shipwreckmuseum.com/whitefishpoint
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory: www.wpbo.org
Where your vacation begins “Naturally”!