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.

Cassondra Boothroyd, Special Events Coordinator

Types of Events

All events are expected to harmonize with the character, mission and public purpose of the site, such as dinners and receptions for convention and travel groups visiting Mackinaw City. Events celebrating birthdays, weddings, etc. are typically not permitted. Check with the Special Events Coordinator for more information on permissible events. In order to preserve the historical appearance of each site signs and decorations are restricted. Consult the Special Events Coordinator for more information.

Any properly licensed caterer can be contracted for your event at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Mackinac State Historic Parks does not offer a catering service.


Special events may be scheduled from early May through October. All rentals include a 3-hour time block for decorating, dinner, and clean-up. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is available daily 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the operating season. 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 6:00 p.m. Events and clean-up must be concluded by 10:00 p.m.


A deposit of $250.00 is required with application. Final payment must be received one month prior to the scheduled event.

  • Events hosting up to 1499 guests: $1,500.00
  • Events hosting 150 or more guests: $2,500.00
  • Tent (30’ x 60’) rental and set-up: $1,000.00

-Final payment is due day of event.


Contact the Group Travel Coordinator for an evening event application.


For more information:
Cassondra Boothroyd
(906) 847-3328
Box 370, Mackinac Island, MI 49757