Heritage Museum 2019 St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
Public Tours of the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouses will be offered May 24 to September 8, organized by the Heritage Museum & Cultural Center. Following the major restoration completed in 2016, St. Joseph now has the only lighthouses located on a Lake Michigan pier which are regularly open to the public. The North Pier range lighthouses, along with their preserved “catwalks” or elevated walkways, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Do you know why the current lights were built of steel in 1907? Or why there are two lighthouses on the pier instead of one? Visit to learn more at our interpretive exhibition inside the lighthouse this season. Explore historic photos, maps, and reproductions. Catch a photo-opportunity with St. Joseph’s longtime Lighthouse Keeper, Captain Ollhoff! This exhibit on the pier was made possible by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a grant from the Berrien Community Foundation and a gift from Entergy – Palisades Power Plant.
2019 Schedule of St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
Public Walking Tours: The most comprehensive way to experience the lighthouse is to attend an hour-long guided walking tour of the North Pier, which includes a look into the outer light and culminates in a climb up to the lantern room inside the Inner Lighthouse. North Pier Walking Tours are scheduled for every Friday and Saturday, May 24 through September 8 departing from the beach at 10:00am. No reservations are required. Payment is made the day of. Tour begins at the donor wall near the parking lot end of the north pier. Cost is $10 per person. Children and young adults under 12 are $5. Anyone climbing the tower must be the minimum height of 45 inches tall.
Open Hours: Visit the Inner Light and Fog Signal 7:00pm to sunset on Wednesdays, 10:00am to 2:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 12:00pm to 4:00pm on Sundays. Volunteer guides help connect visitors to the Keepers who once maintained the lights and the many vessels who relied on them to safely make port. First floor is open to visitors free of charge. There is a $5 fee to climb to the lantern. Tickets are sold on site.
2019 Select Days with Special Open Hours:
June 21–Summer Solstice–7:00pm to dusk (in addition to regular hours)
July 12 and 13–Krasl Art Fair–7pm to dusk (in addition to regular hours)
September 1–Tri-State Regatta–8am to 10am (in addition to regular hours)
Check back for more special events at the lighthouse!
Private Lighthouse Tours: Available to groups and families for a non-refundable fee of $50. There is a charge of $10 per person on the tour. These are available when the lighthouse is not otherwise open. If you are interested in booking a private tour, please call The Heritage at 269-983-1191 or e-mail email@example.com.
Important St. Joe Lighthouse Tour Information
Safety Notice: If the weather or lake conditions become hazardous, scheduled tours and open hours may be cancelled for safety reasons. Check our Facebook, Instagram or our website the day of your visit for cancellations. Thank you for your understanding!
Parking at Tiscornia Park: The daily parking fee set by the City of St. Joseph is not included in the tour price. Please pay by cash or card at the parking lot’s self-serve kiosk.
Liability Release: All walking tour participants or the parent/guardian of minor participants will be required to sign a general liability waiver prior to the tour. The North Pier has many uneven walking surfaces and is subject to weather conditions including waves. There is a tall ladder and spiral stairs for those wishing to climb up to the lantern.
Ladder Height/Age Requirement: Height of 45 inches is required to climb the ladder up to the lantern. Adults who are responsible for youth under age 18 should use their knowledge of the young person’s ability to climb and descend the ladder alone, to determine if the youth should be allowed to ascend.
Recommended Attire: Comfortable closed-toe walking shoes are strongly recommended. No thong-type sandals will be allowed on the ladder. Please dress for the weather; tours may be held in the rain. Sunscreen and sunglasses are advised; skirts and dresses are not advised.
Refund Policy: If your pre-paid private walking tour is cancelled due to conditions, please contact the Heritage Museum to reschedule your tour or request a refund. Contact the Heritage Museum at (269) 983-1191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For More Information
For more information, please visit StJoeLighthouseTours.com. Follow our Facebook Page St. Joe Lighthouse Tours to connect with lighthouse information, event reminders, and updates about the current weather and status of scheduled tours and open hours. Follow our Instagram account at stjoelighthousetours. Contact us at the Heritage Museum by phone, (269) 983-1191, or by e-mail email@example.com.