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Big Bay Point lighthouse tour

Big Bay lighthouse
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Regular tours of this big brick lighthouse, now a bed and breakfast, give the general public a good look at the place, except for guest rooms after guests have checked in. The lighthouse dates from 1896, part of a plan to build a lighthouse every 30 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and reduce shipping collisions by using the lighthouses to establish shipping lanes at night. Downbound vessels heading east had to be able to see the lens from the decks of their ships, according to innkeeper and de facto lighthouse historian Jeff Gamble. Boats heading west had to be able to see the light from their masts. Today the lighthouse remains in use to mark Big Bay as a harbor of refuge.
The tour's highlight is the grand view from the parapet of the 65-foot tower, 125 feet above Lake Superior. It shows off the site at the end of a peninsula jutting out into Lake Superior east of Big Bay. Just below you can see meadows, forests, Lake Superior's rugged shore, and Lake Independence, with the Huron Mountains off to the west. The lighthouse's Fresnel lens can be seen in the Marquette Maritime Museum.

Lighthouse grounds are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at no charge. The smaller building is the fog signal house.
Go through the town of Big Bay, take Dam Rd. to east around bay, take lighthouse road to point. (906) 345-9957. Tours given June through September, Wednesday and Sunday at 1:00 and 2:00. $3/person. Not possible for wheelchairs; difficult for crutches.
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