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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Private Events

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Private Events

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse was established in 1889 and provides beautiful views of the Mackinac Bridge and Straits of Mackinac. Authentically restored quarters and exhibits, including the original lens, a chance to explore the second floor of the house, a movie, Shipwrecks of the Straits, and the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum make this “Castle of the Straits” a true gem of the Great Lakes.


If you wish to view Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, please call to schedule a visit. The lighthouse is open to the public, and you may also view it without an appointment. Dates and times fill up fast and are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Madisen Hansen
(906) 847-3328
207 W Sinclair, Mackinaw City, MI 49701


Schedule & Amenities

Private events may be scheduled at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse from early May through October. All reservations include a 3-hour time block with the exhibits available for viewing. In the summer months, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is available daily 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Event set-up and preparation may begin after 5:30 p.m. for reception/dinner functions. No vendor or guest will be allowed to enter before that time. Guests may begin arriving any time after 6:30 p.m. Events and clean-up must be concluded by 10:00 p.m.

In the case of inclement weather, the private event will be relocated to the buildings, located within the lighthouse. This property is not approved for tent usage.


All historic buildings will be open for guests. A historical interpreter will present a program highlighting the lighthouse’s history and lead guests up the tower.


A Mackinac State Historic Parks representative will be available throughout the private event to answer questions about the historic site.

Decorations must not in any way be affixed to, or otherwise endanger, museum buildings or collections. No tape and tacks of any type may be used to install decorations. Signage cannot be hung on the walls or within any windows.

It is the responsibility of the group to designate an individual to remove any decorations or other items immediately following the reservation; otherwise, the items will be removed and discarded by Mackinac State Historic Park staff. Mackinac State Historic Parks will not take the responsibility for storage of any items before or after the scheduled date.

Any special equipment brought onto a Mackinac State Historic Parks site must be approved prior to the day of the event. This includes lighting or amplifications systems.

Due to Mackinac State Historic Parks’ mission of preserving the natural integrity of the state park, only acoustic music is allowed. Use of amplification and sound systems must be approved by the Group Travel and Special Events Coordinator. Volume will be monitored by the Park Manager.

Properly licensed caterers are welcome at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Excessive alcohol consumption within MSHP buildings and grounds is strictly prohibited.

“No Smoking” policy is enforced for all Mackinac State Historic Parks buildings and grounds.

Electricity is available in the lighthouse, but accessibility to the outlet is limited.

The nearest restroom is in Michilimackinac State Park, about 100 yards away.

Parking for guests must be in the lot of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. The fence gate adjacent to the parking lot will be the designated entrance and exit.

Fees and Refund Policy

Rental Fee

A non-refundable $250 deposit must be made to secure Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse for a private event. Deposits can be made via check or credit card.

0-99 guests                                 $750

100 or more guests                   $1,500

Refund Policy

  • $250 is non-refundable under any circumstances.
  • Cancellations 30 days or less prior to reserved date are non-refundable.