Lighthouse is CLOSED for the season
The regular schedule is daily May-October & weekends in November
HOWEVER, due to the Covid-19 virus, this year it is unclear what date we
will be open for visitors to the lighthouse. When we know
the opening date it will be posted here and on FaceBook.
Park is always open.
BE A LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER!
Our Keeper Program is very popular and unique.
Scheduling keepers for the 2020 cancellation list only.
If you would love to stay water-front in a Traverse City historic icon, are high-energy, appreciate
Michigan history, enjoy waking up to a million dollar waterfront view, love meeting and
speaking with visitors from every state and many foreign countries . . .
you may be a perfect lighthouse keeper at Mission Point Lighthouse!
First read the handbook and check out the KEEPER PROGRAM tab and keeper testimonials
Please click here for the application procedures, here for the handbook, and here to view the calendar.
In-season keepers (May - November) must apply with a partner.
More questions? Contact the Lighthouse Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or go to heading KEEPER PROGRAM (click tab)
Mission Point Lighthouse
Mission Point Lighthouse has been a Traverse City and Old Mission Peninsula icon for decades. Located at the north end of a picturesque drive along M-37 through cherry orchards and vineyards, Mission Point Lighthouse stands as a classic piece of Michigan history. While it no longer guides mariners through West Grand Traverse Bay as it did from September 10, 1870 until it was decommissioned in 1933, Mission Point Lighthouse now offers visitors a peek into what life was like around the turn of the century for lighthouse keepers and for others who lived
and worked in the area at the time.
Lighthouse Park guests are invited to enjoy self-guided historical tours through the lighthouse for a small fee (climb all the way up to the tower!), to visit our quaint gift shop, to peek into the historic Hessler Log Cabin, to explore the miles of unspoiled trails that run through and around the park (many of which are just as historic as the lighthouse itself), to picnic, to photograph, to watch for birds and other wildlife, to stroll the beach, to gaze out at the sunset, and to simply relax. We hope to see you there!
This historic building is owned by Peninsula Township and run by the township, the Lighthouse Manager and caring volunteers. Visit our Facebook Page to keep up to date on news and events.
LIGHTHOUSE - IS NOW CLOSED for the season. Park, trails and beach are open daily until 10pm all year. The park is handicap accessible but not the lighthouse since it is historic.
Admission Fees (May - October, November weekends)
First floor of museum FREE, however, there is a small fee to see the 5th Order Fresnel lens, 2nd floor museum and experience the stair climb to the tower with awesome beach views:
$4 each - ages 13+, $2 each - ages 6-12, FREE for ages 5 and under (parking is always FREE)
HOURS: 10-5 daily, November weekends only (Fri-Sun) Noon-4.
*All proceeds from admissions benefit the Mission Point Lighthouse
and its preservation, restoration, and interpretation.
NOTE: The lighthouse gift shop does not sell beverages or food, no dogs or strollers allowed inside the lighthouse. The lighthouse has NO indoor public toilet facilities, however the park grounds has outdoor toilets.
Mission Point Lighthouse is owned by Peninsula Township so it is non-profit and primarily volunteer run. We frequently receive donations for the house and the park. Donations by check can be mailed to the township at:
Peninsula Township, 13235 Center Road, Traverse City, MI 49686
Lighthouse Park has a free public parking lot - follow the signs. All buses and motorhomes must park on the road/M-37 - NO ENTRY into the parking lot. No street parking for any vehicle on the loop at the end of M-37. Overflow parking from the lot is on south-facing M-37 straightaway only.
Old Mission Peninsula was chosen as one of the top ten coastal drives in North America!
Looking for a new bike route? Bike to Lighthouse Park! Click here for an Old Mission Peninsula Bike Route Map.
LOST & FOUND
Contact the lighthouse first at 231-223-7324 then the Lighthouse Manager at 231-645-0759 or email@example.com.