Driving Directions to Crisp Point



 


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This is not really a trip, it is more like an adventure. The trip is approximately 37 miles from Paradise, Michigan and takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes driving normally. The road goes through some of the best scenery in this part of the state and you will see some of the most undeveloped land in the Eastern States. At the lighthouse you are about 18 miles from a paved road, 23 miles from the nearest electricity, and 27 miles from the nearest gas station, restaurant, and grocery store. There are no conveniences at all past the Upper Tahquamenon Falls except for a telephone at Little Lake Harbor Dock. So make sure you have plenty of gas, maybe some snacks, something to drink, film for your camera (unless it's a digital!), and plenty of insect repellent as the mosquitoes and flies can get quite bothersome at times. Also note that due to sandy areas we do not recommend taking this trip with road motorcycles. Once you get off of M-123, the roads are all dirt or sand, are narrow and curvy in areas. As with any trip you take on public roads, you do so at your own risk. Please use caution and drive slow. Road conditions vary due to the weather and if the county road crews have been out, so we cannot guarantee that you won't get stuck. We also recommend turning your headlights on to help others see you. Watch out for ATVs on the dirt roads! 

 


Well here goes. The trip starts at the center of Paradise. This is at the intersection in front of the Paradise Inn. From here go west on M-123. If you were to go north at this intersection for about 11 miles you would reach Whitefish Point, home of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum (www.shipwreckmuseum.com), the Whitefish Point Light Station, and the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. This is also a very worthwhile trip and it is all on a paved road.

If you have a tripometer I would suggest setting it to zero at the intersection as all of the mileages have been taken from this point. Click on the photo links to the right of each direction to get an idea of what the area looks like. For those of you with GPS navigation systems, we suggest that you do not rely on them because we have heard that sometimes they take you on roads that only off road vehicles can get through.


 

NOTE: Although some of the best sunsets in the world are available here, we do not recommend staying after dark as it is very easy to get lost on the winding roads and people and/or help are not readily available. If you have a cellular phone you may want to bring it along, although you may not be able to reach anyone.
 
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Crisp Point Light Historical Society Webmaster: Cameron Lovett
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Last Modified September 11, 2016