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Aug 5, 2016 - Whitefish Point

Whitefish Point is the oldest active lighthouse on Lake Superior. The museum tells the sad stories of the sailors who lost their lives in the treacherous storms near this point. The artifacts and video focus on the Edmund Fitzgerald, a 729’ freighter that went down in 1975. The guys climbed to the top of the tower for an awesome view of the lake. After a picnic lunch on the shores of the lake, we returned to the campground for….you guessed it, another round of Joker! Tomorrow we move on to Muskallonge St. Park.

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Jul 8, 2014 - Indian Lake State Park & Whitefish Point, MI

Stopped at Sayklly's Chocolate for some chocolate turtles. Pulled over at a roadside to see Lake Michigan. Then onto Indian Lake State Park, Manistque to ride the riverboat (someone had to turn the wheel to move the boat that is on a cable) on the Big Lake, 45 ft deep with perfectly clear water to see the brown trouts and active water springs. Onto Munising to book our Pictured Rocks Sunset Cruise. Dined at Sydney's Restaurant…white fish and sides…just ok. Stayed at the Tourist Park Campground next to Lake Superior. 7/8/2014 (Tuesday) Took...

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Sep 9, 2013 - Shipwreck Museum

We took a day trip to Whitefish Point on Lake Superior to visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. It's only 20 miles from Tahquamenon Falls. Lake Superior is a deceivingly beautiful lake that has earned the reputation of being the most treacherous of the Great Lakes. The museum complex has artifacts and exhibits that tell stories of sailors and ships who braved the waters of Superior and those who were lost to its menacing waves. Our first stop was the video theater where we watched a short film on the history of the Edmund Fitzgerald,...

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Aug 7, 2013 - Whitefish Point, Michigan

"The Legend Lives On" Whitefish Point Light Station is the the oldest active lighthous on Lake Superior and is where they have established a museum dedicated to the shipwrecks of Lake Superior with a special emphsis on the Edmund Fitzgerald. We did not realize that the Canadian Navy had played a very important part in the raising of the Edmund Fitzgeralds bell. The bell was raised in 1995 to honour the men who died when the ship sank in 1975. There have been over 6,000 ships lost on the Great Lakes. The museum tells the history and...

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Jul 13, 2013 - Whitefish Point, Michigan

Day 131 of The Big Trip Traveling about 100 miles, on July 13, took us to the little town of Newberry, which advertises that it is the Moose Capital of Michigan. No one could tell us where to see a moose - that's an iffy proposition. As soon as we got settled into our campsite and had lunch, we took off for Whitefish Point, which was about 45 minutes away. On the way, we saw one lone man, with his truck and crane, loading logs. We watched that interesting process for awhile and then drove on. The attraction was the Great Lakes Shipwreck...

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Aug 31, 2012 - Bay View Campground, Hiawatha Natl. Forest

Friday, August 31, 2012 Bay View Hiaw Natl Forest This is our second trip to this great Hiawatha Natl. Forest campground. We only stayed one night prior to our Soo Locks visit, but the beach enticed us back for a couple more nights. The campground sits on Whitefish Bay and the beach and water are very sandy with no signs of rocks. Not many people on the beach with expansive views towards Canada and Whitefish Point. We also took a day trip up to the Shipwreck Museum on the Point near the place that the Edmund Fitzgerald sunk in 1975. All of...

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Jun 3, 2012 - Whitefish Point Light Station

Our second stop of the day was the Whitefish Point Light Station. It is the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior and has been in continuous service since 1861. We walked around the station and the grounds and even wandered down on the beach. It reminded us of the beaches in Washington because of all of the huge pieces of driftwood - sometimes full trees. Inside the Visitor Center they had a lot of exhibits and the one that caught my eye was of the Piping Plover. It is an endangered species and I would love to get a picture of one...

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Jul 22, 2011 - Whitefish Point & Tahquamenon Falls

Another banner day for the Balls! Today we decided to drive back up to the U.P. to see the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. We've had mixed reviews - some people liked it and some didn't think it was worth the drive. It was a beautiful day, we had nothing else to do, and this was something Dan had on his "things-to-see" list when we first started planning the trip. So we thought we'd check it out ourselves. It was a 2 1/2-hour drive, and we enjoyed visiting the museum. Over 500 ships have sunk in Whitefish Bay in Lake...

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2011 Northwest Trip

Aug 31, 2010 - Discovering The U P

Written from Mackinaw City Mill Creek RV Park This morning we joined up with our new friends Eddie and Tom and headed across the 6-mile Mackinaw Bridge to the Upper Peninsula. What a great day! We drove up to Whitefish Point, Michigan to the Shipwreck Museum. This is located on a point with a lighthouse. We didn’t do a tour but walked around. Jim and I may head by there when we spend Labor Day weekend in the UP. We headed back from Whitefish to Paradise, MI. Yes, we were in Paradise today! We had asked some locals for a good place to eat...

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Sep 10, 2009 - Whitefish Point

Whitefish Point is the point of the Upper Peninsula where Lake Superior makes a bend. Ships go either East and West or North and South (for the most part) with their cargo. At the Point, the lake is like a funnel where there should be a traffic light. This area is called the graveyard of ships for a reason – there have been over 320 shipwrecks here with at least that many lives lost. I visited the Shipwreck Museum and learned about the most notorious ones. Most wrecks happen from boat collisions in fog rather than going down in storms! And...

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Aug 24, 2008 - Shipwrecks, Lighthouses, and Waterfalls, Oh My!

It was quite cool and windy this morning, more like October or even November on Cape Cod rather than like August 24, so we both donned full leathers – liners, jackets, and chaps –before heading out for a day of riding on the Upper Peninsula at the southeastern edge of Lake Superior. Our first stop was at another lighthouse complex. I am falling in love with lighthouses; from Maine to Michigan, along the Atlantic coast, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and throughout the Great Lakes, although they all had the same purposes, each has been unique in...

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Aug 11, 2007 - Whitefish Point

Aug 11, 2007 9:40 46757 Our first stop today is at the Munising Falls. It is a short walk to the falls and when we get back to the parking lot we talk to a couple who had just completed a 4 day 42 mile hike along the Pictured Rocks Lakeshore from Grand Marais to Munising. We then take the car and run up to Sand Point. This is the site of an old Coast Guard Station. There is an example of a surfboat used by the Coast Guard. The boat was housed in a barn like structure on land with rails leading into the water. The rails were on a slant and...

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