The Disabled Traveler's Companion


Our trip through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan includes Whitefish Point and the Tahquamenon Falls. Whitefish Bay is where the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, a 729-foot freighter that was hauling a heavy load of taconite (small iron ore pellets) from Superior, Wisconsin to Detroit, Michigan, was caught in a severe storm. The ship was trying to make it to safety during that storm that eventually claimed the ship and crew.

There is accessible parking but there are no hash lines to allow space for a lift to be deployed.

The shipwreck museum is on the left and the gift store is farther back.


There are many displays at the museum and there is an entrance fee.  Below are a couple photographs of displays but the one a photograph cannot do justice to is the bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald that sank in a fierce storm November 10, 1975.  Viewing the bell is a humbling experience.



The gift shop is the building with the pillars.  The ramp is on the far side of the building.


The rest room is in the same building as the gift shop and is on ground level.


This building has an accessible room for overnight stays for anyone who would like to experience a stay at Whitefish Point Light Station.  Follow the sidewalk on the right and this takes you behind the building where there is a wheelchair lift.


The photographs below are of the accessible room.  The bed can be moved.




Whitefish Point is easy to get around as we pass by the lighthouse.  The living quarters at the lighthouse is not wheelchair accessible, but while waiting for the family to tour it there is a building behind it that sells fudge.










































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