In the News

July 9, 2019

A photograph of Tawas Point Lighthouse, taken by Tammy Scott, graces the cover of the Lighthouse Digest July/August edition!


Tawas Point Lighthouse in the Detroit News!

January 31, 2020

Click here to read about our lighthouse and Keeper program.


Press Release:

Your Holiday Season Starts at Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park on November 30

November 3, 2019. East Tawas, Michigan. This Holiday season, make it a special time with family and friends as you are cordially invited to attend our “Christmas at the Lighthouse” event, to be held Saturday, November 30 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The lighthouse will be decked out in holiday finery for self guided tours, not only of the lighthouse main floor, but also the special climb up the spiral steps to the tower's lantern room for a unique winter perspective of Tawas, Tawas Bay, Lake Huron, and the ever changing Tawas Point.

The decorations include a tree adorned with ornaments like the ones used each year by the lighthouse keepers and their families, as well as some new decorations to view....including a very special Santa Claus collection that will delight all ages.

Although there is no cost to tour the lighthouse this day, donations are welcomed by the Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park to assist with future projects, such as the historical Oil House restoration, brick paver pathway project, native plantings, etc. We will also have our unique holiday cards, note cards and prints available for sale. These depict the lighthouse during the holidays and winter season by native Tawas artist, Mary Lou Peters, and area photographer, Renee Kaiser Bird. You can only purchase these through the Friends organization and they are perfect for giving as gifts or sending to those on your holiday list.

There will also be the traditional “Friends Members Only” Candlelight “Christmas at the Light” event from 4 - 6 p.m. that evening, which includes tours of the second floor lighthouse keeper quarters. Not a Friends member yet? We would love to share with you the benefits of being involved with our award winning Friends organization. You can support the lighthouse and state park activities as it fits your time schedule and interests, with a variety of membership levels and prices to meet your needs. We offer Friends Members Only events, as well as regular meetings and opportunities to care for and raise funds for the lighthouse museum and state park.

Although the lighthouse is currently closed for the season, the State Park and Campground are open year round for you to enjoy nature at Tawas Point State Park with a hike, snowshoe jaunt, cross country ski excursion, wildlife and bird watching, photography, and a great view of the stars and moon on those crisp winter evenings. The cabins are very popular during the regular camping season, yet staying in them in the "off" season is even more unique To make reservations call 1-800-447-2757 or visit: michigan.gov/dnr.

Is being a lighthouse keeper on your bucket list? If you are looking for an adventure, YOU could be a lighthouse keeper, too. Learn more about the 2020 Keepers Program and how you can apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity by checking on the Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park Facebook page, in the Files links, later this year.

(Note: Remember, a Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport is required for entry to all State Parks, so don't forget to get one when you renew your driver’s license or at the park itself)


June 30, 2019. East Tawas, Michigan. We invite you to help celebrate 100 years of Michigan State Parks at Tawas Point State Park and Lighthouse - enjoy another free family-friendly event on Wednesday, August 7, beginning at Noon and continuing throughout the afternoon under the tent on the Lighthouse Lawn.

Bring your family along to marvel at Lake Huron and Tawas Bay, take advantage of historical Tawas Point Lighthouse tours, bicycle, view astonishing kite boarding, peaceful kayaking, tasty picnicking, hiking, premiere bird watching, stand up paddle boarding, corn-hole games, free ice cream floats, and so much more.

Noon – 4 p.m: (Lighthouse and Event Tent Area)

  • Free self-guided lighthouse historical museum tours, including a trip up the tower to the lantern room, if you like, where you can view the entire breathtaking area, and see the beautiful 4th Order Fresnel lens in all its glory.
  • Share Your State Park Story: We want to hear the positive impact State Parks have had on you, and your family. Share your favorite story/stories of Tawas Point State Park, or any other Michigan State Park you have visited, as a part of the Centennial Celebration. Your video snippet or written story could end up on the Michigan DNR State Park and/or the Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park Facebook pages or websites. (with your permission, of course!) You ARE part of our history!!
  • Free Corn-hole activities: Always wanted to learn to play? Just want to toss some bags to see what all the fuss is about? Want to challenge friends and family to a fun time together making memories? We will have our new corn-hole boards set up for your enjoyment. Come one, Come all!

4 p.m: (Event Tent Area)

  • Meet and Greet Tawas native and award winning watercolor artist, Mary Lou Peters, along with natural photography artist, Renee Kaiser Bird!

Mary Lou designed and painted art prints of Tawas Point Lighthouse, which she donated to the Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park organization to use as note cards and holiday cards for a fundraiser to help with projects and events at the lighthouse and state park. Mary Lou just painted a new watercolor to be used for this year’s note and/or holiday card printing….and will be unveiling that print at the Event for all to see!

Mary Lou started this popular trend to help the Friends group raise funds ….. and now Renee Kaiser Bird, whose photograph of the lighthouse has garnered the most Likes on our Facebook page recently, is also kind enough to do the same thing with her photograph of the Lighthouse through the pines, which will be utilized in an upcoming note card printing. Stop by to meet both special artists and see their work.

  • Did someone say FREE Ice Cream Floats??? Back by popular demand, these delicious floats will be available in the event tent on the Lighthouse lawn, while supplies last. Through a special partnership with Friends of Historic Walker Tavern, you can taste the special root beer brew and have made famous...all while supplies last.

Please be sure to participate this entire year in the Michigan State Parks Centennial Celebrations. Learn more about exciting events going on around Michigan in 2019 at Michigan.gov/stateparks100. ; Like Us on Facebook at Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park, check out our website at www.tawaslighthousefriends.com, or contact us at info@tawaslighthousefriends.com. Our non-profit organization works to assist the Michigan History Center and DNR with various projects at the Tawas Point State Park and Lighthouse. Come join our friendly and passionate group - the more the merrier!


A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.