Favorite thing: The Great Lakes ore frieghters today are typically 1000-1200 feet in length. They ply the waters of Lake Superior only from early May until late December, when ice in the lake makes passage impossible. (Occasionally Lake Superior will freeze completely over.) Here at Whitefish Point the freighters pass very close to the shore.
Whitefish Point is also a birders' paradise. Migratory birds in the tens of thousands stop here, especially during the spring and fall seasons. There's a small shop and visitors center to explain the imporance of Whitefish Point in the delicately balanced bird ecology of North America.
Fondest memory: FACT OF THE WEEK:
An estimated 4-5 MILLION birds are killed each year in the U.S. from collisions with cell phone and other communication towers. Birds can become disoriented by the lights and fly until exhaustion, or die when they collide with the tower or its guy wires. What you can do: Encourage local governments and your cell phone provider to adopt measures such as the use of white (not red) strobe lights that can reduce bird mortality. Learn more at www.towerkill.com.
Favorite thing: The most famous recent Lake Superior shipwreck was the Edmund Fitzgerald, a 900-foot iron ore freighter which went down near Whitefish Point in a raging November storm in the 1970s. The entire crew was killed, commemorated in that Gordon Lightfoot song. The museum features an exhibit which offers several possible factors that led to its sinking. There are also artefacts, diagrams, and charts of many of the other shipwrecks nearby.