Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the wise use and conservation of this gem that is Tawas Point State Park.
Adhering to its mission statement, the Friends organization works to support and improve the park through funding of projects, recreational equipment, and interpretive programs and by volunteering to assist park staff with projects and events.
Click here to download an application form.
There are several levels of membership from which to select.
Keeper - $20/year which includes unlimited $2 admission to the lighthouse for one person.
Keeper's Family - $40/year which includes unlimited $2 admission to the lighthouse for two adults and their children.
Keeper's Family Plus - $75/year which includes unlimited $2 admission to the lighthouse for two adults and their children plus two guests.
Guardian of the Light - $300 includes all of the above for the lifetime of the member and member’s family.
All memberships include a 10% discount at the state-managed gift shop in appreciation for the support of Tawas State Park given by Friends members. In addition members receive minutes of the Friends meetings and newsletters.
The Friends organization began as an informal volunteer group formed to assist Tawas State Park staff with improving the park. It was formally incorporated in 1992 with written by-laws and a mission statement. In 2019, a total of 28 members completed 2478 number of hours working on various projects in the park and at the lighthouse. In addition, they welcomed 2913 visitors at Friends-sponsored events. Since 2013, the following projects and equipment have been funded or purchased by Friends nonprofit efforts:
Our members at work!
Here is a cumulative total of the number of hours spent in projects and events supporting Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park for the past few years. Our dedicated team has a wide range of interests and we can always use more members to help us fulfill a myriad of goals. Activities include greeting visitors at the lighthouse, help with restoration projects such as the oil house and gift shop repair, selling merchandise, building the Fourth of July float, staffing the golf outing, decorating the lighthouse for the Halloween and Christmas events, and more!
2018: 32 volunteers donated 1290 hours
2019: 34 volunteers donated 2140 hours
2020: 27 volunteers donated 1144 hours
2021: 40 volunteers donated 1623 hours
2022: 35 volunteers donated 1798 hours