Tawas Point Lighthouse Visitor Information

Season Dates and Hours | Admission | Location | Parking | Amenities | Photography | Accessibility | Pets

Tawas Point LighthousePlease allow two hours for your visit. Lighthouse tours last approximately 45 minutes. Please allow additional time to visit the Lighthouse Museum Store and the Lighthouse Memory Walkway. 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.

2021 Season Dates and Hours

The lighthouse is closed for 2021, but thanks to the Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park and volunteer lightkeepers, outdoor programming will be offered on the following schedule. Please note that this schedule can change because of inclement weather or presenter availability.

  • June 1 - June 29: Tuesdays, Noon to 4 p.m.
  • June 30 - August 31: Daily, Noon to 4 p.m.
  • September 1 - October 18: Wednesdays through Mondays, Noon to 4 p.m.
The lighthouse museum store is open:
  • May 27 - September 6: Thursdays through Mondays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 10 - October 10: Fridays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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A Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport is required for entry to the park.

Unless otherwise noted, guided tours of the lighthouse are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 5 to 17; Children ages 4 or younger are free.

Tickets for the lighthouse tours are available at the Museum Store. Proceeds help fund the restoration of and exhibits for the lighthouse and lighthouse keeper's quarters.

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Tawas Point Lighthouse is located in Tawas Point State Park, off U.S. 23, 2.5 miles southeast of East Tawas.

Our address is:

686 Tawas Beach Road
East Tawas, MI 48730

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Free parking is available in the park for vehicles with a Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport.

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While visiting the Tawas Point Lighthouse, the following amenities are available:

  • The Museum Store gift shop
  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic area
  • Camping

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Personal photography without flash for private use is permitted in the buildings and on the grounds. Photographs may not be published, sold or otherwise distributed for commercial purposes.

Photography for weddings and other special events is allowed on the grounds and in the lighthouse during regular open hours with advance permission. Please contact us in advance to schedule a time.

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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.

Service animals are always welcomed.

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Pets accompanied by and under the control of their human friends are welcome on the grounds of this site. Pets may not enter any building. For more information, please see the Department of Natural Resources Pet-Friendly Rules.

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Please email us at MHCinfo@Michigan.gov or telephone 517-930-3806.


Updated 06/25/2021