crisp point - state of michigan

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3,810 acres.


2 1/2 miles on Lake Superior and 1 1/2 miles along Brown Lake

Land Description

The land offers enhanced recreational opportunities for many, including those who visit the Crisp Point Lighthouse, which is located adjacent to the tract. The inland portions of the forest are managed for long-term sustainability, and the dune and beach areas are protected so that generations to come may enjoy the dunes and the great variety of wildlife found there, including several threatened and endangered species.

Trail Description

Short trails near the lighthouse and visitors center. For more details, visit


Starting in the late 1980s, Tad Malpass pieced together several parcels to create what is now Crisp Point. When he was ready to sell the land, he wanted to ensure it was protected. A partnership began with Malpass, LTC, longtime land conservationist John Woollam, the Michigan DNR, and the U.S. Forest Service. In 2012, the land officially came under ownership of the State of Michigan. Today, we can walk the beautiful Lake Superior shore where members of the Life Saving Service and later the U.S. Coast Guard once walked on stormy nights between stations at Crisp Point and Vermilion Point, as they watched for ships in danger. Today we can savor the beauty and power of the lake and the wild rugged loveliness of this beautiful land that is now permanently protected.


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