Saturday, July 1, 2017

Brimley, Michigan: Point Iroquois Light Station

There are several lighthouses along the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan. This is either the first or last one you'll encounter, depending on your direction.

The Point Iroquois Light Station overlooks the lake from Brimley. It opened in 1857, and had an important role in shipping. That's because it makes the journey into the Sault Ste. Marie area a little safer, as the region is the entry point to the St. Mary River. Authorities closed it as a working lighthouse in 1962 in favor of a beacon in the lake, but the place was later restored as an attraction.

The tower is 65 feet high, and you can climb it. I did, although it's not for those who don't like tight places. It's a nice view, though. Visitors may also walk along the shoreline.

It's all part of the Hiawatha National Forest, and there are a few displays and a gift shop in the "complex."  There aren't many places along this road to stop and admire the scenery, so this one is welcome.

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