Tours 2017-10-06T19:48:42+00:00

Tower Tours

Fall 2017 Tower Tour Schedule:

Saturdays in September
4:30-7:30 p.m.

Saturdays in October
3:30-6:40 p.m.

Closing Tour of 2017
Trick-or-Treating!
Saturday, October 28, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Docent-led Tower Tours Admission:
$2 … kids 11 and under
$3 … military and veterans
$4 … 12 and up

Please note:
Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Overview of the Tower Tour:
Climb the 48 foot tall Muskegon South Pierhead Light and experience the unique feeling of traveling back in time. Up two spiral staircases and a shipman’s ladder, this ironclad tower built in 1903 boasts unparalleled views from the lantern room at the tower top. Knowledgable, passionate volunteer Lighthouse keeper docents share the history of Muskegon’s lighthouses and other faces of the area’s maritime importance. Pre-sunset tours are offered all autumn long, with hours that vary in September and October. Our final tour is held on Halloween, when volunteers dress up in costume and Trick-or-Treating is offered at the lighthouse tower base. Kids in costume will climb for free on Halloween in the company of an adult admission.

No reservations are necessary and first come are first-served. The tour lasts about 15 minutes if there is no wait upon your arrival and the last tour is offered 15 minutes prior to closing. Parking is available at the beach or alongside Margaret Drake Elliot Park. Walk between the NOAA and USCG stations on the public visitor walkway to gain access to the pier. Climb a Michigan maritime castle as you help preserve our area lighthouses! Memberships and private tours are available by emailing muskegonlights@gmail.com or by calling 844-MLIGHTS.

2018 Muskegon Bright Lights Festival
Lighthouse Fun at Muskegon’s Shoreline Beach Castles as we celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light!
Saturday, August 18 from 1-8 p.m. at Muskegon South Pierhead Light

Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy (MLC) invites you to attend our annual Muskegon’s Bright Lights Festival, in celebration of the Michigan Maritime Festival. On Saturday, August 18, 2018, festival-goers can visit Muskegon South Pierhead Light, overlooking the award-winning Pere Marquette Beach and climb the tower to take in unparalleled views of Muskegon’s broad Lake Michigan shoreline, forests and beaches.

Visitors who wish to simply walk the Muskegon South Pierhead Light and Muskegon South Breakwater Lights are welcome anytime. However, the Muskegon South Pierhead Light (MSPL) tower is now open on a regular schedule for its second season in 2016. The Muskegon South Breakwater Light (MSBL) remains closed to the public until further restoration can be financed.

Special private group tours can be arranged by contacting the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy.

See the weather on the shore and get a bird’s eye view of the lights at these web cams. You can also explore the lights in any season by taking a virtual tour of the lighthouse here.


Sunset at Muskegon South Pierhead Light – Photo courtesy of Teresa Emory


MSPL visitor access through NOAA and Coast Guard public pathway – Photo courtesy of Teresa Emory