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Tawas Point Lighthouse Visitor Information
Season Dates and Hours | Admission and parking | Location | Parking | Amenities | Photography | Accessibility | Pets
Please 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.
2023 Season Dates and Hours
Tawas Point Lighthouse will be closed through the 2023 season as preservation work takes place on the tower of the almost 150-year-old structure. Stay tuned for information on outdoor programming.
Admission and parking
A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to the park. Free parking is available inside the park
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
While visiting Tawas Point State Park, the following amenities are available:
- The Museum Store gift shop
- Hiking trails - get tips on how to Recreate Responsibly
- Picnic area
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 Photographs may not be published, sold or otherwise distributed for commercial purposes.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.
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.
Pets accompanied by and under the control of their human friends are welcomed on the grounds of this site. Pets may not enter any building. See Department of Natural Resources rules and other information on Pet-Friendly Recreation.
For more information
Please email us at MHCinfo@Michigan.gov or telephone 517-930-3806.