• Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum - Paradise, Michigan

      light tower
      Photo by Megan Edwards
      Two of the most surprising things about Lake Superior are its remarkable depth, 1333 feet (at the lowest point) and the fact that shortly below the surface, the temperature is only slightly above freezing throughout the year. It also generates some of the most extreme weather in North America and 30-foot waves and gale-force winds make it treacherous for even the most modern of ships. Whitefish Point is located at the extreme southeastern end of Lake Superior and is home to a shipwreck museum and the Whitefish Point Lighthouse which has been in continuous operation since 1861. Of the nearly 600 major wrecks in the Great Lakes, more than 200 of them are in the vicinity of Whitefish Point. The 1975 wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is located 15 miles northwest of the point. The museum has some excellent exhibits about the history of the area and the many wrecks that are documented. The Keepers Quarters have been restored to look like they might have at the turn of the century. Docents provide interesting facts about the role of the USCG Lifeboat Station, the museum store is well-stocked and tours of the light are possible. Visitors can stay overnight at the former Lifeboat Station Crews Quarters.

      If you go:
      The museum and point are closed in the winter months. The Tahquamenon Falls, one of the largest waterfalls west of Niagara is located about 20 miles south of the museum. Crisp Point Lighthouse is 13 miles west. There are plenty of mosquitos here so bring repellant if you hike any of the trails surrounding the point. It is common to see large freighters traveling just off-shore. And you will probably leave humming the Gordon Lightfoot tune about the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. There is a special memorial and film about raising the ship's bell from the wreck.


      18335 N. Whitefish Point Road
      Paradise, Michigan 49768 USA

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      Musuem Information
      +1 (888) 492-3747