Lighthouse Open House


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The second weekend of each month

October 12-13, 2024

November 9-10, 2024

Happy Veteran's Day!  Veterans climb for free!

December 14-15, 2024

January 11-12, 2025

February 8-9, 2025

March 8-9, 2025

April 12-13, 2025

May 10-11, 2025

Happy Mother's Day!  Moms climb for free!  

A $7/person donation is requested and appreciated.  All donations support the island and lighthouse.  We do not provide transportation to the island and lighthouse; getting to the island is up to you.  Please note - the dock is for use by state park personnel only.  Boaters must anchor or beach their boats.

Cancellations - please note!

Check our homepage for possible cancellations due to inclement weather.  Our decisions are based on the safety of our  volunteers. We will try to post cancellations the night before a scheduled open house, but always the day of a scheduled open house for sure.

Suggestions for a Fun Lighthouse Visit

  • Please wear shoes.  The boardwalk leading to the lighthouse is rough and splintered and can be hot.  Plus, shoes make the 123 steps up the lighthouse easier and safer.
  • Bring your wallet.  A $7 donation is requested to climb the lighthouse.  Cash, credit card, debit card, and Apple Pay are all accepted.  Also, the Friends have a variety of fun gifts available for purchase including our souvenir water bottle filled with pure, clean, delicious island water made ON THE ISLAND from sea water through reverse osmosis using solar energy - completely off the grid!   
  • Please be patient.  Only eight people are allowed in the lighthouse at a time.  There may be a line waiting to climb the lighthouse.  
  • Please be courteous to our volunteers who are there for your enjoyment of the lighthouse.  Without these volunteers, the lighthouse would not be open to the public.
  • Consider becoming a member of the Friends!  We are a group of people, like you, who love the island and lighthouse. 
  • Dogs are NOT allowed at the lighthouse or anywhere on the island.


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