• Tawas Point Lighthouse - East Tawas, Michigan

      Photo by Megan Edwards
      This lighthouse was put into operation in 1876 and was active until 2002. Today it is a historical attraction managed by the Michigan Historical Center. There is a small museum and store onsite. 85 steps to the top of the lighthouse provide great views of Lake Huron and the surrounding area. The tower is 70 feet tall and the Fresnel lens light could be seen for 16 miles. The tower used to be on the shoreline, but the point has been gradually growing in recent years. Beautiful walking trails lead to the point and there is a small cafe located at the adjacent beach. Wear shoes, there are sticks and other lake debris in the sand.

      If you go:
      The lighthouse is located in the Tawas Point State Park. There is a daily use fee of $9 for non-Michigan residents to enter the park and $2 fee to tour the lighthouse. Tours are offered April 1st to mid-October, but be sure to check the site as the hours change based on the season. Camping and beach activities along Lake Huron are available and this area is bird migration area.


      938 Tawas Beach and Point Road
      East Tawas, Michigan 48730 USA

      Mailing address:
      Tawas Point State Park
      686 Tawas Beach Road
      East Tawas, MI 48730 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Park information
      +1 (989) 362-5041

      +1 (800) 447-2757