The Peninsula Point Light
The Peninsula Point Light Stonington Reviews
The Peninsula Light Aug 13, 2008
The Peninsula Point Light is located on the northern end of Green Bay on Lake Michigan. It separates Little Bay de Noc from Big Bay de Noc in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The light can be reached by driving three miles east from Rapid River, Michigan, on Highway U.S. 2, then south along County Road 513 about 15 miles to the tip of Stonington Peninsula. The drive itself is scenic, past rustic farms and rural countryside.
The square tower stands 40-feet and is open for visitors to climb its cast iron, spiral stairway to the black ten-sided lantern room. Views are spectacular and well worth the drive: Escanaba, across Little Bay de Noc to the west; Fayette, across Big Bay de Noc to the east; and the chain of islands stretching from Garden Peninsula of Upper Michigan to the northern tip of Door County in Wisconsin.
Built in 1866, the Peninsula Light operated until 1936 when the Minneapolis Shoals Light was commissioned and went into service. That light can also be seen from the tower - on the lake about 7 miles due south. A light-keeper's house was originally attached to the brick tower but was gutted by fire in 1959 and torn down. Its foundation can still be seen. Though unattended, the tower and grounds are well-maintained and make a fine spot for an afternoon lunch with picnic tables and elevated fire pits. Fossils can be found along the sandstone lakeshore.
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