Tawas Point State Park, East Tawas

Tawas Point Light is located in the Tawas Point State Park off Tawas Bay in Lake Huron in Baldwin Township in Northern Michigan.HistoryIn 1850, Congress appropriated $5,000 for the construction of a lighthouse. In 1852, construction started, and the lighthouse was commissioned in 1853. After the lighthouse was built, many problems were encountered. Shifting sands caused the point to be extended by nearly a mile. The original light was a 5th Order Fresnel lens, later upgraded when the building was replaced.In 1867, the Inspector of the lighthouse said that the lighthouse was wearing down to the point where they should consider renovating it. The Lighthouse Board ignored his request to put more money in the lighthouse because they had bigger problems at hand in Ottawa Point. The waves caused sand build-up by the Point, which added almost a mile, more of land. The lighthouse was so far inland that mariners were unable to see the lighthouse's light. To add to the problem this lighthouse was known for its dim light. With all these problems combined, it caused a shipwreck from Captain Olmstead's schooner "Dolphin". He blamed the lighthouse stating that it was too dim to see the light. This caused the Lighthouse board to reconsider their option at renovating or rebuilding a new one. In 1875 Congress approved a $30,000 amount for a brand new lighthouse. They finished building the lighthouse sometime in 1877.It was originally known as Ottawa Point. The name was officially changed to Tawas Point in 1902. The point is a substantial hazard to navigation. Additionally, because it is tucked behind the point, Tawas Bay is an ideal shelter from storms, wind and waves out of the north and northeast. The point juts out into Lake Huron, and has been getting much larger over time. A map is available, which shows the accretion. The original light was begun in 1852, and completed in 1853. The light was fueled at various times by lard oil, then kerosene, and the current light is of course now electric. This is the second lighthouse on the point.
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  • September 7, 2017
    Beautiful lighthouse. There are trees, sand and the sound of waves and wind in the distance. There is a cute little souvenir shop onsite too. The person running the shop was very nice. Would recommend...  more »
  • September 4, 2017
    The view from the ground is nice. I don't have a head for heights so I've never been to the top. My boyfriend has went all the way up in the past and he says it is beautiful, as have other people I've...  more »
  • August 27, 2017
    The East Tawas lighthouse was nice stop on out trip. We only came because we like to visit lighthouses. The was the first lighthouse tour for the volunteer lighthouse keepers. They did a very good job...  more »
  • June 9, 2017
    Camped here one night before continuing on but I wish I could have spent a week. Nice campsites, clean facilities, awesome mix of easy access to town and relaxing in a natural setting. Truely fantastic.
  • July 3, 2017
    Price increased along with increased hostility by the park "rangers" enforcing an 11pm park quiet time... This is camping, there shouldn't be a repercussion for talking around a campfire past 11pm...let's not forget they don't have water hook up on site either.
  • June 15, 2017
    Nice park and bathrooms the dog beach is a park bench at the end of a wooden path no place to layout dogs not aloud on trails
  • November 18, 2016
    Great state park. Cabins are nice, bathrooms are nice. Awesome beach.
  • June 20, 2017
    Cool place to explore with the pup

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