Welcome to Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society


Welcome to the Harbor Beach Lighthouse! Our third season was very successful with visitors and residents enjoying the guided tours. 2014 Tours will begin June 21st and continue through August 30th. The charter boat leaves from the Harbor Beach Municipal Marina. Experience the boat ride with harbor and breakwall information and learn about the history of this communityʼs most recognizable landmark. Our Preservation Society tour guides provide you with a glimpse of the life of a lightkeeper, answer questions, and even take photos!! Be sure to bring your camera! You donʼt want to miss the “portlight” photo op on the gallery level. Itʼs one of a kind and will make a wonderful souvenir memory to last a lifetime.

Gift certificates for 2014 tours are available now! The certificates are undated so they flex to your schedule.  They make great gifts for the Holiday Season or any occasion for the hard to buy for person in your life!! It is certainly a gift that will not be forgotten. Our Gift Shop is the perfect place to pick up gifts or stocking stuffers for the pharologist—lighthouse fans. A great way to remember their trip to the lighthouse or the Harbor Beach area. We have something for everyone.

How about a romantic tour for your sweetheart?

valentine's day heart imageHard time thinking of a gift for Valentine’s Day? How about getting your special sweetheart a romantic tour of our beautiful lighthouse? Tickets are only 20 bucks apiece and you’re promised a great afternoon together. Sneak a kiss on the deck, get your picture taken together through our famous portal, and learn something new about one of the greatest treasures in Huron County.

We’ll even supply a greeting card with your order. Your gift certificates will come in a beautiful Harbor Beach Lighthouse greeting card with plenty of space where you can add your very own prose to the one you love. It makes a great unique gift. Visit our gift shop for the gift certificates plus many other special items that your sweetheart will love.

They said “I do…”

picture through portalStanding proud and tall since 1885,  the Harbor Beach Lighthouse has seen her share of Harbor Beach history. On June 5, 2013, there was another first at this community’s most recognizable symbol.  Debbie and Bill Cardew, from Clifford, Michigan, exchanged their wedding vows before family and friends at the base of the lighthouse with the Rev. Mark Ryan officiating.   It was a dream come true for the couple and the Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society was thrilled to have them choose Harbor Beach for their very special day.   Best wishes to the happy couple and please come back to visit again soon!

Visit the photo gallery for more pictures.


What a glorious 2012 tour season this has been! For those of you planning to visit the Harbor Beach Lighthouse this summer, you have one more Saturday to get it done. Saturday, September 1 will be the last tour of the season. The weather has cooperated nicely, visitors have enjoyed the informative and inspiring history lesson and many are making plans for repeat visits with family and friends in 2013. Plan to be at the Harbor Beach Municipal Marina next Saturday by 10am to secure your spot…or better yet, register right now at harborbeachlighthouse.org. We look forward to meeting you! Continue reading

Saturday, June 30, 2012

It was another great day for Harbor Beach Lighthouse tours…sunshine, blue skies and gentle breezes.  Tour guides for the day were Laura Henderson,  Brian and Diane O’Connor, Toni O’Neill, Scott Richardson, Andrea Schumacher and Annette Sweet.  J-Lyn Charters, Janice and Kenny provide the transportation and another great Saturday tour in in the books.  Make sure to plan your tour soon with advance registration and payment available here on this site.  July is a busy month and we hope to see you soon at the Harbor Beach Lighthouse.

Welcome PRIDE OF MICHIGAN and Sea Cadets to Michigan’s Thumb

Pride of Michigan Vessel

Pride of Michigan

Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 15, 2012

Experience the Noble Odyssey Foundation and its research and training vessel, “Pride of Michigan” up close and personal in Michigan’s thumb.  Mark your calendar and plan to join your friends to learn about the Noble Odyssey Foundation’s  mission of Exploration, Research and Education with projects related to the natural history of the aquatic environment, primarily in the Great Lakes.  In the process, they develop maritime interests and skills of young people, such as Naval Sea Cadets of the Great Lakes Division.  The lighthouse preservation groups of Port Austin, Pte Aux Barques and Harbor Beach will also showcase their wonderful pieces of nautical history with special events, tours and presentations for the public to learn about our local lighthouses. Continue reading

Inaugural Season for Tours Big Success

A beautiful stretch of summer weather graced the thumb of Michigan in 2011.  While it appears the area  is still struggling with the economic woes prevalent in many areas of the United States, the Lake Huron shoreline community of Harbor Beach experienced a new burst of excitement and enthusiasm.    The summer  was highlighted by the inaugural season of tours of the Harbor Beach Lighthouse.  Continue reading