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686 Tawas Beach Road
East Tawas, MI 48730
Tawas Point Lighthouse is located in Tawas Point State Park, off U.S. 23, 2.5 miles southeast of East Tawas.
A Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport is required for entry to the park. Admission for guided tours of the lighthouse is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 5 to 17; Children ages 4 or younger admitted free. Admission for self-guided tours (limited availability; see schedule below) is $2 for all visitors ages 5 or older; children 4 or younger admitted free. Tickets are available at the Museum Store. Proceeds help fund the restoration of and exhibits for the lighthouse and lighthouse keeper's quarters.
2018 Season Dates and Hours
LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM STORE
- May 18 - 20: Tours begin at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- May 25 - September 3:
Friday, Saturday: Tours begin 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Monday, Thursday: Tours begin 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday: Lighthouse closed *
* The lighthouse will be open Wednesday, July 4, with tours at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- September 7 - October 7: Friday - Sunday, tours begin 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- October 12: Self-guided visits, 4-9 p.m.
- October 13: Self-guided visits, noon-6 p.m.
- October 14: Tours begin 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (regular fee)
- May 18 - 20: Noon - 6 p.m.
- May 25 - September 3:
Sunday - Thursday, noon - 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- September 7 - October 7: Friday - Sunday, noon - 6 p.m.
- October 12: 2-9 p.m.
- October 13-14: noon-6 p.m.
Tours and hours are subject to weather conditions. Visitors may call ahead.
We invite you to explore our online calendar, where you'll find all Michigan History Center events throughout the state.
How Much Time?
Lighthouse tours last approximately 45 minutes. Please allow additional time to visit the Lighthouse Museum Store and the Lighthouse Memory Walkway.
Even when the lighthouse is not open for tours inside, visitors can enjoy its exterior and grounds. There are other historic structures on site, including an oil house and a fog signal area.
The park also offers camping, picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing and a beach.
Pets:All pets must be accompanied by their owners, under control and on a leash no longer than six feet. Pets may not enter any building, nor are they allowed on beaches or hiking trails. For further information, please refer to the DNR web page, Pets in State Park Campgrounds.
The lighthouse is approximately 475 feet from the parking lot; the path is asphalt, then brick. Access to the tower is by 85 steps. Visitors who wish to tour the museum area without going to the top of the tower will encounter a total of seven steps and accompanying handrails.
Information will be made available in Braille, if lighthouse staff is given advance notice.
For More Information
Send us an e-mail or telephone 989-362-5658 or 517-362-5041.
Find out about college internship opportunities that may be available at this historic site.