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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.

2022 Season Dates and Hours

The lighthouse is open for tours Wednesday through Monday, noon to 5 p.m., from May 17 through October 17. The last tour each day begins at 4 p.m. Tours are given by lighthouse keepers; tickets available at the lighthouse museum store.

From June 7 through August 30, the Friends of Tawas Point sponsor Tuesdays at the Light. The lighthouse is open noon to 4p.m.; Donations gratefully accepted.

For your safety, to climb the 85 steps in the lighthouse tower:

  • You must always have your hands free. No carrying of children or belongings, including large bags or backpacks.
  • Beach attire is not permitted when climbing the stairs - this includes loose towels, open-toed shoes or flip-flops.
  • You must be physically able to make the climb and fit through a narrow opening.

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Admission and parking

A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to the park. Free parking is available inside 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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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.

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For more information

Please email us at or telephone 517-930-3806.

Updated 06/28/2022