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Address: 8181 US Highway 2, Rapid River, MI 49878-9250
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The 40 ft. lighthouse tower is an easy climb on a circular staircase to a...

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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Nice quiet spot, small lighthouse

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Geof J
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 for a better view. There is a fair amount of zebra mussel shell debris on... More 

Thank Geof J
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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.

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Escanaba, Michigan
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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 distance or, sit on the east side and hear the water gently roll up on... More 

Thank Austin A
Gladstone, Michigan
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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
Ingham County, Michigan
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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 such a private spot to watch the sunset, but watch out for deer on the... More 

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Reviewed 17 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 point. Everyone enjoys going up the spiral stairs to the top of the old light... More 

1 Thank foodfan57VA
Barrington, Illinois
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

The Lighthouse is at the southern tip of the 'Stonington Peninsula' and is about 18 miles from the main highway. The ride is easy and beautiful. The last mile or so is a dirt road that is one lane wide with several passing points. There are also a few areas along the road that people can pitch their tents and... More 

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wauwatosa, wi
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Reviewed 5 September 2014

Dirt road for the last mile, one lane wide. Parking area is adequate. Nice view from park and lighthouse.

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Novi, Michigan
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

You get to the lighthouse after driving about 18 miles. The place is very remote and you shouldn't expect anything to fancy. For a picnic a nice place to come to.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We were in a cabin about 10 miles away, so it was certainly worth the drive. Any longer than that and you will want to have packed a lunch and beverages to picnic for an hour or two staring across the water. the water view and picnic tables (and even the motorcyle clubs) were all fine. But would not recommend... More 

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