Tour the Lighthouse

Presque Isle LighthouseAbout the Presque Isle Lighthouse

Presque Isle Lighthouse is located on the north shore of Presque Isle State Park at Lighthouse Beach and is the second oldest lighthouse on Lake Erie’s shore. Completed in 1873, the brick tower with attached dwelling was home to nine U.S. Lighthouse Service keepers and their families until 1944. During the shipping season, the keeper climbed to the top of the tower 3 to 4 times each night with fuel to put in the lamp. The light beam from a single burning oil lamp was reflected through the fourth order Fresnel lens and was visible some thirteen nautical miles out into the lake. Two red flashes followed by four white flashes let the mariners know they were near the port of Erie. Now the light is automated. Climbing the 78 steps in the tower provides a nice view of Lake Erie.

Tour the Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is open for tours through the end of September 2016. The gift shop at the Lighthouse will also be open at this time.

During Tall Ships Erie weekend, hours are

Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sept. 10, 9:30 am to 7 p.m.

Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After Tall Ships weekend, the Lighthouse will be open for tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to 4:30 through the end of September.

Tickets may be purchased at the Lighthouse for $6 each. Tours are conducted every 30 minutes on the half hour. Each tour can accommodate 10 people; tours are first come-first served as tickets are purchased. There is no charge to visit the house, grounds or the gift shop in the “parlor.”

Learn more at PresqueIsleLighthouse.org. Additional questions? Please contact Eugene Ware at (814)450-3850.