Lighthouse Events

Artist drawing of Mission Point Lighthouse front view
This colorful art from Ruth Forrest is the 2020 winner! It is now on the lighthouse fundraiser wine. Available at Bowers Harbor Vineyards.
The 2020 Wine Label Art Competition winner is Ruth Forrest!
This beautiful artwork of Mission Point Lighthouse done by Ruth Forrest is on the lighthouse wine available at Bowers Harbor Vineyards
Historical black and white photo of rear of lighthouse
Historic Updates to Mission Point Lighthouse
Since Fall of 2016 we have been making changes to the south side of the lighthouse to fulfill a grant from SHPO to make the exterior of the house like it was in 1910 - small storage building moved to side of house, rear sidewalk installed, flowers planted around the house and new wood and wire fencing. More to come . . .

Log Cabin Day! CANCELLED
Log Cabin Day, was scheduled for June 25, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  It may be rescheduled . . . 

Log Cabin Day remembers a quieter and simpler era, when life was more rugged. A log cabin is a house built from logs. It is a fairly simple type of log house.

The Hessler Log Cabin in lighthouse park and
the Mission Point Lighthouse, as well as the Dougherty Mission House, will be open for viewing and tours. Exhibitors will be recreating crafts from the nineteenth century at each location, and some refreshments will be available.
Rainbow over water waves with large bush in foreground
Tower view of an October rain storm with high winds.
Two wooden ornaments carved with lighthouse
Dinner guests to the 2021 Michigan Lighthouse Festival will receive a unique exclusive custom wood ornament to commemorate this special event. Information will be posted in 2021 for this August event.
Artist wine lable blue drawing of lighthouse
2019 Fourth wine label winner is local artist Paul LaPort and this wine is now available at Bowers Harbor Vineyards.
Wine bottle with label of lighthouse art
Released June 2018 the 3rd Lighthouse Wine at Bowers Harbor Vineyards. Label art by Ruth Kitchen.
Wine bottle with pastel blue lighthouse art
Winning art from 2017 by Kathy Marks.
Wine bottle with label art yellow pastel lighthouse
2016 winning watercolor wine label art design
Sign and flowers at entrance to Bowers Harbor Vineyard
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
View of lighthouse with tower lantern deck with holiday lights
Tower lantern deck with holiday lights
​Michigan Lighthouse Festival August 2020 is in Traverse City
Hosted by our  Mission Point Lighthouse
In honor of our 150th Anniversary celebration, we are hosting the Michigan Lighthouse Festival. The festival will be August 7 - 8, 2020. The Michigan Lighthouse Festival celebrates Michigan Lighthouses and their contributions to our unique state history. Event begins at a special dinner at the Turtle Creek Hotel with unique entertainment by Joseph Smith as Augustin Fresnel, inventor of the fresnel lens, and more! August 7 is also National Lighthouse Day!
And for more information about lighthouses along Michigan's west coast, check out ​
M22 and M37 logos
New in 2019!
Grand Traverse Area Lighthouse Challenge

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - when visitors went to both Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport and our Mission Point Lighthouse, and did the climb, they received a special gift. (The lighthouses are 65 miles apart.)

Community Lighthouse Grounds Planting Event!
Friday, June 7, 2019 was our 2nd annual volunteer flower planting  event and lunch was served and volunteer t-shirts too for all the volunteers who participated.

Also the first week of Nov. 2019
more than 200 donated Spring bulbs were planted by volunteers in the flower gardens at the lighthouse. So in Spring of 2020 we will have lots of new colors in the gardens. First time to have Spring flowers at the lighthouse. Just in time for the
150th Anniversary! 

We still have more volunteer opportunities!  Please contact
Lighthouse Manager, Ginger Schultz, phone 231-645-0759

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend
For Saturday August 18th and Sunday the 19th, 2018 - we participated in a ham radio activity called International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend. Countries all over the world have become involved. Amateur radio operators in America set up portable stations at lighthouses and endeavor to make contact with each other.