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"I can hear my granddad's stories of the storms out on Lake Erie, where vessels and cargos and fortunes, and sailors' lives were lost." ~ James Taylor, Millworker

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Toledo Lighthouse tours this weekend

Last month I reported that for the first time in over 50 years the public was being given an opportunity to tour the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse. That was during the Toledo Antique & Classic Boat Show. Unfortunately due to weather conditions the tour boat was able to land at the lighthouse on only one of the two days, so the Toledo Lighthouse Society let everyone know that they would be announcing future tour dates.

The upcoming tours are scheduled for Saturday, October 1 and Sunday October 2 between 10 & 4. The tours are weather dependent. There must be little to no wind for the tour boat to tie up at the lighthouse. If trips are canceled they will be posted on the Toledo Lighthouse Society website.  there is limited availability, so making a reservation in advance is required.

To tour the lighthouse, you have to be able to climb a rung ladder - about six rungs to the lighthouse deck - and sign a waiver of liability form. Flip-flops are not allowed and you must be physically able to climb the 76 steps to the top: three stories in the homelike part and three stories in the tower. Tours will be in groups of six, leaving from the marina at Maumee Bay State Park. The cost is $40 per person. The trip includes the boat ride to the lighthouse and the tour, which will last about one hour. In addition, all those touring are provided a ninety day membership to the Toledo Lighthouse Society.

To reserve a tour on October 1st or 2nd, send an email to including your name, address, phone number and your preferred time of 10am, 12pm, or 2pm. You will be given a time on the half hour in the two hour block. You will be called to provide a credit card number to hold the reservation.

If your would like to be notified of future tours send an email to Dan Hall at providing your name, phone and email. 

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