Presque Isle Lighthouse
Open Memorial Day - Labor Day
The Presque Isle Lighthouse, one of Erie’s most treasured historic sites, is now open to the public. The Presque Isle Lighthouse had served as a private residence since it was completed in 1873.
The lighthouse is located at Lighthouse Beach near Beach 9, on the north shore of Presque Isle State Park, in Erie, Pennsylvania.
We are open for visitors in the summer season and look forward to seeing you in 2018!
Our Two Principle Goals
Our first goal is to restore the lighthouse and grounds to a significant period of operation from 1901 through 1927. There are several photos from this era that will help bring authenticity to this phase of the project. Included in this year's plans are the restoration of a wooden fence surrounding the site, in place of the current chain-link fence, and also a repainting of the oil shed to its original brick color.
Our second goal is to have the lighthouse open to visitors on a regular basis during the summer season. Efforts are underway to improve the surrounding grounds for the safety and convenience of our visitors. In addition to new public restrooms being installed by the DCNR, there will be a reconstruction of the existing garage to convert it into the Operation Center, a building that will include a waiting area, an office, and a gift shop. Safety lighting, new sidewalks and benches will also be installed, and safety repairs will be undertaken, wherever needed. Repairs are to be made to the lantern room along with an installation of a rail extension at the top of the tower
Come, Join The Fun!
In the summer of 2015 we had over 5,300 visitors, while being open for 30 days, only on weekends and only when the weather permitted a climb to the top of the tower. We're currently open every day except Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
To facilitate the restoration, the grounds improvements, and the lighthouse tours, we need volunteers, memberships and donations. See this website for more information on all of this, as well as lighthouse history, current news, and some great photos.