March 7, 2020
This fan page dedicated to those who have visited/want to visit this beautiful, historic landmark. Sharing memories about Point Iroquois Lighthouse (along with pictures) is very much encouraged and appreciated. We have a beautiful boardwalk, access to the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior, a gift shop, museum, 1950's exhibit, and a tower that is able to be climbed. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated and are vital to keeping the lighthouse maintained and open to the public.
March 7, 2020
Good I-500 Weekend everyone.
Blue Jays resting in the birch in front of the lighthouse
The day after the storm.
We never get tired of Milky Way and Point Iroquois photos.This one is amazing! Thanks for sending this and letting us share your photo, Mike. If anyone is interested, Mike Moberley has a website, visit mikemoberleyphotography.com to see more.
U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes
On this day in 1989:
"Coast Guard buoy tender Mesquite was working off the tip of the Keweenaw, removing a buoy marking a 3-foot shoal when a number of minor errors cascaded into disaster. First of all, they were pulling a buoy at night with rising seas and strong winds. Next, Gull Rock light off of Manitou Island was not working that night, so getting a good visual fix on the Mesquite’s position was difficult. Finally, an Ensign was at the wheel – although under the direct supervision of the Captain. After the buoy was wrestled aboard at around 3:00 in the morning, the Captain ordered the Ensign to back off about 1,000 yards. This was done at a speed of 3 knots (slowly). When the Captain decided that they had backed far enough, he left the bridge. Moments later, there was a loud crash as the ship hit the reef. Wind and currents had carried them closer to shore than expected.
Damage Control found three compartments flooded including the engine and motor rooms. The crew worked for three hours to save their ship – but at 6:17 in the morning, the order to abandon was given. All 53 crew members donned survival suits and went over the side into three life rafts and the ship’s motor surfboat. The passing freighter Mangal Desai responded to the distress call. Picking up about 15 on each pass, the Desai slowly collected the Mesquite’s crew. Three with slight injuries were air lifted by helicopter to Hancock, MI with the Captain and two other officers accompanying them.
The rest rode to Duluth on the Desai. Although there were initial plans to salvage the tender, she was too badly broken by the grounding and a series of winter storms for that to be practical. The Mesquite was decommissioned on January 31, 1990. Eventually, she was moved off of the ledge into about 120 feet of water to serve as a dive attraction." Via Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society - GLSPS
Just now 🙂
Half a minute... too cold to be longer!
Here is a look out our window this morning. The waves are running parallel to the shore and it looks like Lake Superior wants to cook up something wild for us!
October 27, 2019
Blueberries run free in Paradise
The Wild Blueberry Festival in Paradise, the blueberry capital of Michigan and an integral part of the local heritage, begins Aug. 16 to 18.The festival
It is now that special time when the Monarchs that are born now will live a lot longer and make a very long journey.
Had a tour boat visit today.
Some of our happy visitors
In case you or someone you know has more than an interest in ships! Check out this opportunity!
Please send completed applications to [email protected]!
Anybody remember these fine folks? This is Billie and Larry Price. They were volunteer caretakers here in the summer of 2017. Our good friends, Graz and Riinii Shipman, who started out this season had to move on unexpectedly due to personal reasons. Without hesitation, Larry and Billie were gracious enough to drop everything in Texas to come back and help us out. We are very sad to lose Graz and Riinii here at Point Iroquois. We were looking forward to having them here to share their experiences with our lighthouse visitors, but having friends like Billie and Larry is a true blessing! Welcome back! We are so glad to have you!
Please, everybody give them a warm welcome and let them know that we appreciate their generosity and spirit.😍
Found this one by Michael Collins Photography, taken 7/14/2019. Very nice!
Beautiful day today.
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse in Michigan's Upper Peninsula! https://www.sewardswoodncrafts.net/collections/lighthouses-of-michigan-photography Hope you enjoy the photos and thank you for sharing! :-)
Milky way fun
We were playing under the night skies out at Iroquois Point Lighthouse when I saw this view I knew I had to set up and take a shot! This was done using a star tracker with 6 of the same images stacked to help bring out some amazing details and colors of the stars & Milky Way! Hope you enjoy the photos and thank you for sharing! Prints are available at: https://www.sewardswoodncrafts.net/collections/lighthouses-of-michigan-photography/products/michigan-photography-point-iroquois-milky-way-4542
Point Iroquois Lighthouse's cover photo
Happy Independence Day! These are the best fireworks! Our morning sunrise photos were taken by our caretaker, Riinii.
We always have the best flowers here at Point Iroquois! The reason our gardens are so beautiful is because we have dedicated volunteers who spend hours pulling weeds and tending to these precious beauties. Our Caretaker, Riinii has been awesome in doing this back~breaking work for you this spring, and we all get to enjoy the fruits of her labor. Thank you for all you do, Graz and Riinii. Your work has not been unnoticed!
U.S. Forest Service - Hiawatha National Forest
Safety Thought for Sunday: The wrong equipment puts you at risk.
These were taken from the lighthouse window only a half hour apart. The first one captured the sun on Gros Cap across the river in Canada, thirty minutes later the sun shone through on the American side and the dark clouds were on Gros Cap.
It's a beautiful day to get outside and walk the boardwalk with Dad!
Little view of Heaven at Point Iroquois Light☀️🙌🏻🙏🏻
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Point Iroquois Light at Sunset is a must when traveling in the U.P☀️
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Museum Ship Valley Camp
The Valley Camp had a special visitor behind the Ship today. Meet our Moose friend from Canada.
Moose on the loose in da Soo, eh!
This mornings passengers were treated to a special show. If you look closely, you will see a young moose swimming next to the tour boat Nokomis. While tired, the youngster made it safely out of the water and continued his or her wandering on land.
An eagle staff sitting out in front of the lighthouse today reminds me to invite you all to come meet the new caretakers. Graz and Riinii Shipman have accepted a new challenge here and we are very excited to have Native Americans back at the point! Stop by and say hello. You won't be disappointed.
Photos from Point Iroquois Lighthouse's post
Good morning! Lost a lot of snow here in the last 3 days.
Wanted to re-share this post from a year ago as we prepare for another great season here at Point Iroquois. Chris Irwin & Timothy Irwin have been so wonderful, but as seasons change so do the Caretakers. We enjoyed having you here and we will miss you guys, but in my heart I really think they're going to be frequent visitors to the area with all the new friends they made. 😍
We will be introducing the new caretakers soon, but for now, we salute you, Tim and Chris for giving your service to all of us who love this place and all She stands for.
Shout out to our volunteers!
This picture shows how truly dedicated our Point Iroquois Caretakers are. We are lucky to have people like Chris and Tim Irwin at Point Iroquois. They worked tirelessly all winter in order to keep the boardwalks and sidewalks clear of drifts, snow and ice so visitors could access the shoreline any day of the week and no matter what Old Man Winter had in mind; sometimes clearing drifts 4-6 feet tall and sometimes starting all over 2-3 times in one day.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! You guys are awesome!
Chippewa County Historical Society
It’s ice-breaking season once again in the area. Here’s an interesting photo of the well-known ice-breaker Mackinaw (now retired), probably taken somewhere on Whitefish Bay in the mid-1950s. The man on the left has binoculars and a camera hanging from his neck. Both men are wearing street shoes for their ice inspection tour. According to some brief research, the style of the ensign flying from the top of the ship’s mast was created ca. 1953, which helps us date the image. It carries the date 1790 on it, when the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service was established. We have overlaid an image of the ensign on the picture, adding a nice bit of color. The Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service were merged in 1915 to become the U.S. Coast Guard Service….now part of Homeland Security, since 2003. Walter Materna Collection neg. #501.1
Our special visitor yesterday was Zeusa! 💙
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This is a fan page dedicated to those who have visited/want to visit this beautiful, historic landmark. Sharing memories about Point Iroquois Lighthouse (along with pictures) is very much encouraged and appreciated. Point Iroquois Lighthouse provides several entertaining and enjoyable educational programs, has a beautiful boardwalk with access to the shoreline of Lake Superior, a gift shop featuring Point Iroquois souvenirs and related books, a museum depicting life at Point Iroquois through the ages, a 1950's exhibit, and the tower is open for exploration. There is no admission fee but donations are greatly appreciated and are vital to keeping the lighthouse maintained and open to the public.