Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper Job Openings

tawas.jpg The Tawas Point State Park is looking for vacationing volunteers willing to work as guest Light-keepers for free and pay $275 for rent per week. Guest Lighthouse keepers will live on the second floor of recently renovated Lighthouse keeper’s quarters. This lighthouse vacation retreat includes a modern kitchen, bath, and two bedrooms.

Upon arrival, Guest Lighthouse keepers will be trained to greet visitors, explain the history of the Lighthouse, and work in the gift shop and museum.

For more information about the new Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper Program, please contact the Tawas Point Lighthouse Museum Store at (989) 362-5658 or the Tawas Point State Park at (989) 362-5041.

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the lighthouse is open for tours on weekends. Climbing the Tower provides a spectacular scenic view of Tawas Point. For more tour information, please call (989) 362-5658. Tawas Point Lighthouse is managed by Tawas Point State Park which also offers camping, picnicking, hiking and other seasonal activities.

blue_starLighthouse Background:

Tawas Point Lighthouse was built on Ottawa Point and was First Lit in 1853 for mariners seeking a harbor of refuge in Tawas Bay from the squalls of Lake Huron. A 45-foot high rubble stone Tower was illuminated by Lewis Lamps with silvered reflectors exhibiting a Fixed White Light 54-feet above lake level.

Due to poor construction and the reshaping of Ottawa Point, the Lighthouse was rebuilt in 1876. The present 68-foot high brick tower was First Lit in 1877 exhibiting a Fixed White Light illuminated by a Fifth-order Fresnel lens 70-feet above lake level.

The Lighthouse was refitted with the present Fourth-order Fresnel lens in 1891 and exhibited a new Light characteristic, a 25-second White Light and 5-second eclipse every 30-seconds, on Sep 1, 1891. In 1902, Ottawa Point was changed to the name, Tawas Point.

The Lighthouse was automated and the station closed in 1953. The ownership of the Lighthouse was transferred to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 2001. The state has been restoring the Light Station to its early twentieth century appearance.

Currently, the Lighthouse exhibits a Occulting White Light every 4-seconds with a Red Sector (Red from 045° to 135° ) illuminated by a Fourth-order Fresnel lens 70-feet above lake level to visible range of 16 nautical miles.

blue_starMap Location:
For a Map Location of the Lighthouse, please visit the Google Map of the Tawas Point Lighthouse
For Directions and more Lighthouse history, please visit Terry Pepper’s Tawas Point Light web page.

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About Debbie Dolphin

Lighthouse author and photographer living in New England

Posted on June 12, 2008, in Lighthouse Keepers, Open House, Parks, Preservation News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Hi Mary,

    Thank you for your vacation tips for Lighthouse Lovers visiting Tawas Point Lighthouse.

  2. Tawas Point Lighthouse is a very peaceful place to stay and there are many lighthouses and maritime sites to visit along the shore.

  3. Hi Billy Warhol,

    We have heard that the Lake Erie Quadrangle has more mysterious shipwrecks than disasters in the famous Bermuda Triangle.

    Thank you for your book recommendation!

    A quick search online reveals Dr. David Frew has also written following books “Kiss of the Devil Wind: The Sinking of The Steamship Gerken” , “Long Gone: The Mystery of the Marquette & Bessemer No. 2” , and “Interrupted Journey: the Saga of the Steamer Atlantic” in his “Lake Erie Quadrangle Shipwreck Series.”


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  4. There’s an amazing book called The Lake Erie Quadrangle – Waters of Repose
    on all the Shipwrecks on the Great Lakes*

    Thank heavens for these Lighthouses or there would be many more*


  5. Hi Linda,

    A vacation like this would be great and needs a Bio-gas perpetual motion vehicle for improved vacation economy. Perhaps, Edna Gauftengooten can inspire Speedcat Motor Company to mass produce Bio-gas PMVs for Americans? 😉

  6. What a great idea for a vacation! Too bad I’m not going to be anywhere near Lake Huron this summer.

    Linda’s last blog post..Amanda’s Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat or Why I Was Wearing a Mask!

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