On July 25, 2014, Presque Isle Lighthouse was transitioned from a private residence for park staff to a public building for visitors. The purpose is to learn about the rich maritime history of Presque Isle Lighthouse.
The newly formed non-profit Presque Isle Light Station Corporation signed a thirty-five-year lease with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
This action will allow for the restoration of the site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors now have the opportunity to tour the lighthouse on a regular basis during the summer season. You can support the restoration process by making a donation, becoming an annual member, volunteering, or visiting the lighthouse.
- To establish and support efforts in the restoration and preservation of the Presque Isle Lighthouse to a period of significance.
- To acquire and maintain safekeeping of the buildings/grounds, artifacts, and historical records.
- To create educational and recreational opportunities that accurately interpret the maritime history of the Presque Isle Lighthouse for the public.
- Preserve the Presque Isle Lighthouse for future generations.
Did You Know?
- The Lighthouse tower from the ground to the top of the tower is 68' high.
- The Lighthouse welcomed 45,000 visitors for the 2018 season with over 16,000 climbing to the top of the tower.
- Visitors came from all 50 states and 39 foreign countries.
- There are two other lights in the Erie area, North Pier Light and the Land Lighthouse.