The Friends

Friends of Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1996 to assist the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation in the restoration, preservation, interpretation and promotion of Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse.  Members actively participate in fund raising, grant writing and restoration efforts.  In addition, members assist the Park Interpreter with guided tours and programs.

Be Our Guest

The assistant keepers quarters on the second floor of the residence is available for rental year round.  Known as the “Lighthouse Cottage”, it contains 3 bedrooms (all with queen beds), living room, eat-in-kitchen and full bath.

In addition, the lighthouse is on the grounds of Golden Hill State Park operated by the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation.  The park offers a small boat launch facility, seven miles of trails, fishing and camping along the tranquil shoreline of Lake Ontario.  The campground accomadates tents, trailers and motorhomes of all sizes.  Completely furnished tent rentals are also available.

Contact Reserve America at or (800) 456-2267 for cottage and campsite rates, availability and reservations.

Old Time Lighthouse PhotoBuilt in 1875, the light was operated by the U. S. Lighthouse Board until 1939 when control  was transferred to the U. S. Coast Guard.  Over the years, the light was lit by various methods, initially oil, followed by kerosene, a coal fired steam generator and finally municipal electricity in 1903.  With its original 3rd order Fresnel lens, the 70' high light was visible 18 miles into Lake Ontario.

Upon assuming control, the Coast Guard enlarged the keepers quarters to house both the keeper and assistant as well as their families.  At the same time, a fog signal building was constructed adjacent to the light. The double diaphone signal could be heard 10 miles into the lake (and 5 miles inland).

The facility was decommissioned in 1958 and sat vacant for nearly 40 years.  Today, after extensive renovation by Friends of Thirty Mile Point in conjunction with the State of New York, the lighthouse tower, keepers quarters, fog signal building, outhouse and coal building are all open to the public.  Also on the grounds are two original kerosene storage houses and the carriage building.

Thirty Mile Point Light