Experience Whitefish Point
11 miles north of Paradise on the Southeastern corner of Lake Superior, The unique geographical features of Whitefish Point and Whitefish Bay combine to offer maritime history, shipwreck diving, and bird watching all in one location!
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
The Whitefish Point Light Station, built in 1861, remains the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior. For 150 years, it has stood guard on the eastern end of an 80 mile shoreline known as Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast. At least 200 of the 550 known major shipwrecks on Lake Superior lie within or near the confines of Whitefish Bay. The most famous of these shipwrecks, the Edmund Fitzgerald, laid to rest 17 miles northwest of Whitefish Point in 1975. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is proud to display the rich maritime history of the region!
Attracting over 60,000 visitors each season, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is open for tours 7 days a week May thru October from 10 am to 6 pm. Museum tours feature four segments:
- A self-guided tour of the Shipwreck Museum building and exhibits highlighting the stories of ships and sailors who have braved the waters of Lake Superior. The museum’s tribute to the Edmond Fitzgerald is displayed, including the ship’s original bell.
- A 20 minute video presentation on the history behind the wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald and the recovery of the ship’s bell in 1995.
- A guided tour of the Lightkeepers Quarters featuring exhibits and a collection of artifacts spanning the history of the Quarters.
- A Guided surfboat house tour with exhibits depicting the stories of the men and women of the United States Life-Saving Service, first stationed at Whitefish Point in 1876.
Visit the Shipwreck Museum’s Website or call (800) 635-1742 for additional information!
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Birding enthusiasts, look no further than Whitefish Point Bird Observatory for awesome Michigan birding experiences! The unique features of Whitefish Point combine to create a natural migration corridor for tens of thousands of birds traveling on their annual migration routes. Documented sightings of over 330 species of birds have been reported at Whitefish Point, making this a birder’s paradise!
Visit the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Website to learn more about the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory and additional events they will be offering throughout the year highlighting Michigan birding.
Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve
Established on September 12, 1987, the Whitefish Point Underwater preserve covers an area of 376 square miles, making it the largest underwater preserve in Michigan and a premier location for Great Lakes scuba diving. The preserve is intended to honor and protect the maritime history of the vessels that have been lost within its boundaries.
Launch your boat from Whitefish Point and travel to one of the many featured shipwreck sites. Visitors are invited to experience first-hand historical Lake Superior shipwrecks from long ago, some over 150 years old.
Interested divers should check out the Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve website. Here, you can find additional information about the preserve, shipwrecks contained within its boundaries, Great Lakes scuba diving, the rules of diving safety and etiquette, and a coordinate map to shipwreck sites.
Be sure to visit the nearby Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum for more of the area’s maritime history!