Lighthouses in
Presque Isle, Michigan

Home of the Presque Isle Township Museum Society

Preserving Our Maritime History

Welcome!

Learn about Presque Isle's rich maritime history as you explore our two lighthouses, range lights, and museums . . . 

We are now open for the 2024 season, we look forward to welcoming you--our visitors, Museum Society members, and loyal volunteers--for another exciting season. We have many events and activities planned and you can check them out on our Events page for the most up-to-date information. To plan your visit, see our hours and directions.

Interested in learning more about the PITMS and our community-oriented activities? Take a few moments to read the 2023 Annual Report of the Presque Isle Township Museum Society.

You can also read our most recent PITMS Newsletter here.

Presque Isle Lighthouses Photo Contest 


May 24, 2024 – September 2, 2024

Welcome all photographers, regardless of skill level or experience!


Celebrate the beauty and history of our beautiful historic lighthouses!  Submit your best photos of the Presque Isle lighthouses in the Presque Isle Township Museum Society's annual photo contest. 


Photos will be accepted: May 24, 2024 @ 12:01 am – September 2, 2024 @ 11:59pm


Submit photos to photocontest@presqueislelighthouses.org


Contest Rules


Awards

People’s Choice Award

Old PI Lighthouse

New PI Lighthouse


Juror’s Awards

New Lighthouse

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place

Old Lighthouse

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place


Winning photos for Juried 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and People’s Choice award in each category will be featured on the PITMS website and social media.


Past winning photos may be viewed HERE.

WANTED: Keeper’s House Greeters

For lighthouse and Great Lakes maritime history enthusiasts, Presque Isle has much to offer, with its Old Lighthouse, Range Lights, New Lighthouse, and 1905 Keeper’s House. This summer will be the busiest ever at the Lighthouses with regular summer visitors and passengers from the 26 Viking Cruise Line excursion visits (see schedule below.)

 

Presque Isle Township Museum Society is recruiting volunteers to serve as greeters in the 1905 Keeper’s House Museum at the New Lighthouse from May through September.


If you love lighthouses and enjoy talking to people from around the world, this is the perfect opportunity to give back to your community. The 1905 House served as the residence for Presque Isle’s light keepers and later US Coast Guard personnel. Museum Society volunteers restored the house to its early 20th-century glory. Our greeters give each of our visitors a warm welcome and a brief introduction to the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family.

 

According to Joni Rogers, the Museum Society’s Volunteer Coordinator: “If you are looking for ways to meet others in the community and contribute a little of your time, this is the perfect way to do both. Whether you live here year-round or just for the summer, join with us and help us preserve, protect, and present the wonderful maritime history of Presque Isle.”

 

Museum Society volunteers are a close-knit, friendly group of people who enjoy working in a historic house museum, surrounded by antique furnishings and objects. Scheduling is flexible—volunteers select the days and shifts that fit their schedule. Training, coaching, and mentoring are provided. To learn more about volunteering in the Keeper's House, please email Joni Rogers at pilighthouses@gmail.org, leave her a message at 989.787.0814, or fill out this interest form.

For lighthouse lovers, Presque Isle is a must-see stop in Northern Michigan. Our 1870 Lighthouse is the tallest light on the Great Lakes that the public may climb. Our 1840 Lighthouse is one of the oldest lights on the Great Lakes. And our 1870 Harbor Range Light honors the small, dedicated group of women who were appointed keepers in a profession dominated by men. The beautifully restored 1905 Keeper’s House serves as a museum highlighting local history and the lives of lighthouse keepers and their families.

Easy to find! Hard to leave!

New Presque Isle Lighthouse

Presque Isle Happenings Calendar

Are you a local looking for events sponsored by Presque Isle community groups or a visitor looking for fun events during your vacation in Presque Isle?  Visit the Presque Isle Happenings calendar for all the fun and exciting events in Presque Isle!

 Preserving our Lighthouses


The Lighthouses of Presque Isle guided the mariners of the past and they continue to inspire us in our own day. So many feel a deep connection to these iconic monuments—they are a legacy that we celebrate locally, and it is our joy to share them with visitors from near and far.

In 2018, Presque Isle Township Museum Society (PITMS) & Presque Isle Township established the Presque Isle Lighthouses Restoration Fund. Administered by the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM), the fund supports the Township’s efforts to restore and preserve the Old and New Lighthouses and related buildings. Lighthouse Restoration Fund donations are accepted throughout the year, not just on GivingTuesday. We encourage you to make a donation to the Lighthouses Restoration Fund by going to Presque Isle Lighthouses Restoration Fund. or mailing your check to PITMS, PO Box 208, Presque Isle, MI 49777 

Contact Us

Presque Isle Township Museum Society

4500 East Grand Lake Road
PO Box 208
Presque Isle, MI 49777

Phone: 989.787.0814 (leave a message or send a  text)
Email: pilighthouses@gmail.com

Presque Isle Township
Old Presque Isle Lighthouse Gift Shop
Gift Shop: 989.595.9917
Township Hall: 989.595.2752

New Presque Isle Lighthouse Gift Shop
Gift Shop: 989.595.9917
Township Hall: 989.595.2752

Group and tour reservations: adminassistant@presqueisletwp.org

Facility and grounds rentals: 989.595.2752 or adminassistant@presqueisletwp.org

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