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Peninsula Point Lighthouse

8181 US Highway 2, Rapid River, MI 49878-9250
+1 906-789-7862
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Beautiful view with monarch butterflies

We went for the lighthouse views and were pleasantly surprised by the monarch butterflies... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
Susannah C
via mobile
Worth the trip

Take the 2 track road to the end of the drive and visit this lighthouse. Pack a picnic and enjoy... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
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The 40 ft. lighthouse tower is an easy climb on a circular staircase to a beautiful view from the platform at the top. The spectacular panorama of lake Michigan is unparalleled. Be sure to bring you camera.The rocky shoreline yields fossils estimated at 400-500 million years old. In the fall, thousands of monarch butterflies converge on the area to rest before their migration across Green Bay.General InformationTo reach the Peninsula Point Lighthouse and Picnic Area from Rapid River, go east on US-2 to the Stonington exit. Follow County Road 513 and Forest Road 2204 for 19 miles to the parking lot. The last mile of road is not recommended for recreational vehicles or trailers over 16 feet long or 8 feet high. A parking area for RV's is available at the beginning of the narrow, winding final mile of road.HistoryCongress appropriated funds for the building of a lighthouse on the Stonington Peninsula on July 20, 1864. This marked the beginning of an era of lighthouse history that well over a hundred years later can still add fuel to the fires of imagination. The wooden sailing ships needed navigational help to keep their hulls from being torn open on the treacherous shoals of the channels leading to safety at the docks of Escanaba and Gladstone, Fayette and Nahma. There were busy ports transporting fish, lumber, iron ore and other products. The shipping industry was growing at a rapid rate.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.The Michigan historical lighthouse at Peninsula Point was completed in 1865, and the lantern was lighted for the first time. The building consisted of a 40 ft. tall light tower with a beacon lit by an oil lamp and reflectors. Attached to the north side of the tower was a 1-1/2 story brick home for the and his family.The first lighthouse keeper was Mr. Charles Beggs, who died there in 1887. The second, Mr. Henry Corgan, and the third, Mr. Peter Knutsen. In 1889 Captain James D. Armstrong was appointed keeper and this was home to him and his family until 1922. At this time an automatic acetylene light replace the hand operated oil lamp ant it was no longer necessary to occupy the site. However, Captain Armstrong continued to be responsible for Peninsula Point until 1931.The light went out for the last time in 1936. In 1937, the USDA-Forest Service was granted custodianship, repairs were made to the buildings, and public picnic grounds were constructed by the Civilian conservation Corps.The Stonington Grange took over the maintenance of the structure and grounds and in 1949 won first prize in their State contest for their work at the Michigan historical lighthouse.The house portion burned to the ground in 1959. The debris was cleared and the damage to the north side of the tower repaired in 1962 by the USDA Forest Service.Picnic GroundsThe USDA Forest Service operates the grounds as a picnic area, with 10 tables and grills on the lawns surrounding the tower. Pit toilets are available, as well as drinking water.Information courtesy of the USDA Forest Service
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8181 US Highway 2, Rapid River, MI 49878-9250
+1 906-789-7862
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Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

We went for the lighthouse views and were pleasantly surprised by the monarch butterflies migrating. We saw dozens of them. Apparently later in the fall there are thousands.

3  Thank Susannah C
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Take the 2 track road to the end of the drive and visit this lighthouse. Pack a picnic and enjoy the sights and sounds of this pristine and perfect piece of history and paradise. You can plan to visit for 10 minutes or 10 hours...More

1  Thank carpoolqueen
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Went down here with the grandkids during the week. It is somewhat remote with a dirt winding road for the last half mile. There is a plaque here explaining the history of the lighthouse and a couple of picnic tables and sheltered ladies' and men's...More

1  Thank David W
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

Loved seeing a yellow lighthouse! Definitely different from most we've been to in Michigan. Off the beaten path, saw deer and wild turkeys along the route. Last mile is dirt (mud since it was raining) road. Can view from parking lot, or easy walk to...More

Thank P S
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

I stopped here while traveling to Wisconsin through the UP. The lighthouse is roughly 16 miles from the highway and the last mile is a winding dirt road that is one lane. The park is quiet and pretty and you can climb the short lighthouse...More

Thank Geof J
Reviewed 7 November 2016

It is a wonderful place to see a sunrise, it is also a great place for a picnic, it is a nice and relaxing place.

Thank thor2705
Reviewed 2 November 2016

I love this place and come here 2 to 3 times a year. My favorite thing to do is come here before sun up. You can sit on the west side of the point and hear waves slap the shore, see Escanaba off in the...More

Thank Austin A
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Simple and relaxing, beautiful and always a thrill. If your lucky you may even see some butterflies. Kids and kids at heart will enjoy the trek up the spiral staircase for a great view.

Thank Cheryl A
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

This is more of a really far away park that happens to have a lighthouse. Its on a very rural pennisula, with an aweome tree canopy, one way dirt road along lake michigan, very close in elevation to the water! It was great to have...More

1  Thank 16kren2016
Reviewed 16 September 2015 via mobile

My wife and I enjoy going out to Peninsula Point Lighthouse at the end of Stonington Peninsula. It is very quiet out there and a great place for a picnic for couples or families. The water is quite shallow at all points immediately around the...More

1  Thank foodfan57VA
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