Wisconsin - Volunteer Host Keeper
Devils Island Lighthouse, Raspberry Island Lighthouse, Michigan Island Lighthouse & Sand Island Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: All of the lighthouses are located in Lake Superior and a part of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore near Bayfield.
Contact: (715) 779-3397
Application Procedure: Download an application at: www.nps.gov/apis/supportyourpark/upload/2007VIPapplication.pdf
Application: Email completed application to APIS_Volunteer_Coordinator@nps.gov or
Mail it to: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Attn: VIP Coordinator, 415 Washington Avenue, Bayfield, WI 54814.
Length of tour of duty: Lighthouse volunteers commonly commit to staying at their light station for 3-4 weeks with one trip to the mainland for supplies.
- Devils Island Lighthouse: www.nps.gov/apis/historyculture/devils-light.htm
Facilities: The Devils Island brick "Queen Anne" style keeper's house has one bathroom with a flush toilets; potable hot and cold running water; and limited DC electricity.
Duties: The Devils Island keeper can expect to climb up and down the tower stairs many times on a summer weekend. There is one campsite on the island, near the dock on the south end.
- Michigan Island Lighthouse: www.nps.gov/apis/historyculture/michigan-lights.htm
Facility: The keeper's quarters is a two-story brick house built in 1929. There is no running, potable water. Volunteers pump water from the lake into a tank that gravity feeds to the kitchen. This water needs to be filtered or boiled. There is an outhouse behind the quarters. There is one overhead light in the kitchen area.
Duties: The light station has two towers. One is the oldest of the Apostle Islands lighthouses; the other is the tallest. Climbing the towers and the steep dock stairway will provide plenty of exercise. The island is remote and visitation is comparatively light. There is one campsite.
- Sand Island Lighthouse: www.nps.gov/apis/historyculture/sand-light.htm
Facility: The brownstone Sand Island lighthouse is not used for housing. Volunteers stay at East Bay in a modern two bedroom cabin with solar powered lights, hot and cold running water. Other than ceiling lights, there is no electricity. There are two docks, one adjacent to the cabin and another about two hundred yards away.
Duties: Campground host duties occupy much of the lighthouse volunteers time. There are two group sites and three individual campsites on Sand. The lighthouse is two miles from the quarters and volunteers have to walk the trail which is flat, but can be muddy.
- Raspberry Island Lighthouse: https://www.nps.gov/apis/learn/historyculture/raspberry-light.htm
Facility: The main residence in the north half of the lighthouse includes a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and four bedrooms. One bedroom is designated for the volunteers. The residence has limited electricity for a few light fixtures, and the bathroom is equipped with a flush toilet, sink, and shower with hot and cold water.
Duties: Volunteers assist the Seasonal Park Rangers with lighthouse tours, greeting visitors as they arrive via the cruise boat or other types of water transportation, and helping with maintenance work during downtime.
Pottawatomie (Rock Island) Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: Located on Rock Island off the northern tip of the Door Peninsula.
Contact: Friends of Rock Island, 126 Country Club Drive, Clintonville, WI 54929; (715) 823-6873
Facility: Facility has no electricity or running water. Water is available from an outside pump and there is a propane heater and stove. One week tours of duty for up to 6 adult volunteers (with a total of 10 maximum with children). Transportation to the lighthouse from the dock is provided. Available Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
Duties: Volunteers give tours, operate a small gift shop, and perform minor maintenance duties.