About

SJLighthouseToursLogo_6-17Public Tours of the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouses are offered seasonally (Memorial Day through Labor Day) by the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center. The City of St. Joseph took ownership of our Lights from the federal government in 2013 and has restored them through support from the Lighthouse Forever Fund.

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St. Joe Lighthouse Tours are made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Michigan Humanities Council. This activity is also supported by grants from the Berrien Community Foundation, and from Entergy – Palisades Power Plant.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL TOURS

Safety Notice: If the weather or lake conditions become hazardous, scheduled tours and open hours may be cancelled for safety reasons. Signage at Tiscornia Park will display the status of the current day’s Lighthouse Tours; please be advised that cancellation decisions typically occur at the last minute. 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 for parking at the self-serve machine in the parking lot.

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. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Ladder Height/Age Requirement: Height of 48 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 walking tour is cancelled due to conditions, please contact the Heritage Museum to reschedule your tour or request a refund. Private Tours and Bus Tours reserving a visit to the Lighthouse are non-refundable. Contact the Heritage Museum at (269) 983-1191 or info@theheritagemcc.org.