Port Clinton Lighthouse
Location & Visitor information
The restored lighthouse is Port Clinton's second, built in 1896 and placed at the entrance of the Portage River where it remained active for 56 yrs. The light was decommissioned in 1952, when it was moved on orders of the U.S. Coast Guard. For more than 60 years, this lighthouse stood quietly on private property alongside the bank of the Portage River. Restoration of the lighthouse began in 2013 by the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy. On Aug 18, 2016, the lighthouse was moved to its permanent location at Water Works Park. Lighthouse lovers everywhere now have a rare opportunity to roam the interior of this unique structure while knowledgeable docents explain the importance of the pier light to local navigation and the important duties performed by the lighthouse keepers of yesteryear. Climb the wooden spiral staircase to the lantern room and view the fully-functioning fifth-order Fresnel lens, then walk out onto the gallery deck for a spectacular view of Lake Erie and its famous islands. NEW in 2018: A replica Lightkeeper's Boathouse located near the lighthouse will house historical displays and artifacts, keeper's rowboat, and gift shop. Hours will be the same as the lighthouse with no additional cost. Tours: May 25-Sept 2, Fri-Sun 12-4 pm. Special Tours: May 10-13; May 28; July 4; Sept 3; Sept 14-16; and Oct 13, 12-4 pm. Grounds are open year-round. Rates: $3/person.