Whitefish Bay

The Whitefish Bay Lake Superior shoreline is one of the most scenic places in Michigan. While the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan is packed with natural wonders, few places draw more attention than this community on the southern shores of Lake Superior. If you have an hour to spare, a drive along the 20 miles of the Whitefish Bay National Scenic Byway along the shores of Lake Superior will be richly rewarded. Or you could take the slow route, stopping along the way to experience the culture and outdoor adventure of Whitefish Bay Michigan, from the quiet sandy beaches, fishing piers and boat launches to the museums and lighthouses.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum  Image: Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

In the northern Great Lakes the weather can change quickly—as anyone who has heard Gordon Lightfoot’s song, “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” knows. The ship was just one of many that met a sad fate when the conditions turned sour. The Fitzgerald’s bell is part of the artifacts on display at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum on the Whitefish Bay Lake Superior shore. It’s part of a complex — much of which is free to visit — that includes a boathouse, a lookout tower, boardwalk, and birdwatching site among other places overlooking Whitefish Bay Michigan.

Whitefish Point Lighthouse

Whitefish Point Lighthouse
Whitefish Point Lighthouse

Also part of this Great Lakes complex, the lighthouse is one of the oldest on Lake Superior and still guides boaters to safety in good weather and bad. Recently restored, the guiding light has been standing since President Lincoln ordered that the original light be updated. Today, the lighthouse is open to tours through the end of October along with the keepers quarters and other historic buildings hugging the shores of Whitefish Bay Lake Superior.

Whitefish Bay Fishing

Abundant fishing opportunities are readily available around Whitefish Bay Michigan — an hour north of the Mackinaw Bridge. Local anglers who know where the fish are biting lead charters and are available to give advice. Within the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, it’s easy to find streams and ponds stocked with yellow perch, northern pike, and walleyes. This is also a popular spot for birdwatching within minutes of Whitefish Bay.

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