Michigan Accommodations

Michigan - Bed & Breakfast

Big Bay Point Lighthouse - USLHS Member and Lighthouse Vacation Auction Donor
Type: Bed and Breakfast
Location:  On Lake Superior 4 miles east of Big Bay and 30 miles north of Marquette
Contact: #3 Lighthouse Road, Big Bay, Michigan 49808; (906) 345-9957
Email: keepers@BigBayLighthouse.com
Facility:  Open year-round.  Located on Lake Superior thirty miles north of Marquette and four miles east of Big Bay.  
The 14-room inn has seven guest rooms with private baths, a common living room, and library, as well as a sauna.
Note:  This is a working lighthouse and a private aid to navigation with the brightest light on Lake Superior.  They
also have the original 3rd order lens and are in the process of making a small maritime museum.  
Info     Rates

Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn - Closed for 2020
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Location: On Lake Superior 8 miles north of Ahmeek, 25 miles northeast of Houghton
Contact: Five Mile Point Road, P.O. Box 298, Ahmeek, MI 49901 (906) 337-1744
Facility: Eight rooms each with a king or queen-sized bed and private bathroom. Two rooms have whirlpool bathtubs
and a balcony overlooking Lake Superior. Open year-round.  Gourmet breakfast each morningas well as an evening
dessert, accomplanied by piano music.  300 feet of private lakeshore.
Info     Email: info@sandhillslight.com






Whitefish Point Coast Guard Station - USLHS Member and Lighthouse Vacation Auction Donor
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Location: On Lake Superior 11 miles north of Paradise
Contact: Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum - Whitefish Point, 18335 N. Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI 49768;
(888) 492-3747 or (906) 635-1742
Facility: Located adjacent to the Whitefish Point Lighthouse. About 1.5 hours from Sault Saint Marie, Michigan. The
restored 1923 US Coast Guard Crews Quarters offers five themed rooms, most queen size beds and all with a private
bath. Open the last weekend in April through October. Please call or check online for room availability. 
(Facility photo by Chris Winters, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society) 
Info & Rates     On-Line Reservations

Michigan - Vacation Rentals

Charity Island Lighthouse
  Vacation Rental
Contact:  Charity Island Transport, Inc., P.O. Box 171, Au Gres, Michigan 48703
Facility:  Five bedrooms with 2.5 baths.  Sleeps 8.  Amenities include: Galley style kitchen with modern conveniences,
spacious living room provides panoramic views of Lake Huron and wrap around deck with lots of comfortable wicker
chairs. Round trip transportation is from either Caseville or Au Gres Michigan, AuGres being the preferred location from
Charity Island Landing & RV Park located 3728 E. Michigan Avenue, Au Gres MIchigan 48703.
Website page with rental information.

Eagle River Lighthouse
Type:  Vacation Rental
Location:  On Lake Superior in Eagle River, Michigan on the west side of the mouth of the Eagle River
Contact: Property Manager - 906-231-9762  (cell)
Facility:  Carefully restored 1850's lighthouse with 3000 sf of living space including gourmet kitchen, library, 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.
Interior opens onto 1200 sf of gorgeous deck and a four season sunroom.  Sleeps 6.  Summer – weekly rental only; Spring/Fall – 2 day minimum.
Email: jancole1663@yahoo.com

Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
Type:  Overnight stay for groups
Location:  2802 Omar St, Port Huron, MI 48060
Contact:  810-982-0891, X118.  Email: reservations@phmuseum.org for information and availability.
Facility:  Overnight at the Lighthouse.  Suited for scouts, youth groups, school groups and families, includes a tour of the entire facility,
highlighting the historic uses and the current renovation plans. A program relating to the site will be presented, then a snack and lights out!
Sleep in the newly-renovated duplex and have breakfast on your own the next day. Cost is only $25 per person and a minimum payment of
$500 is required.  A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due within two weeks of booking and the balance of your account is due two weeks
prior to your overnight.  Groups of up to 42 people can be accommodated.

Point Betsie Keepers Quarters
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: On Lake Michigan 5 miles north of Frankfort, near the southern end of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Facility:  Plush beds in 2 bedrooms with 1-Queen and 2-Twins; also a pull out sofa.  Sleeps up to 6.  Fully supplied modern kitchen and one
bathroom.  Breathtaking views from every room of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Manitou Islands.  Saturday to Saturday,
shorter term stays available only 60 days in advance of stay.  Bedding provided, BYO towels.

Michigan - Lighthouse Keeper for a Fee

DeTour Reef Lighthouse
Type: Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Location: Off shore in Lake Huron, 3 miles south of DeTour Village, Michigan. Transportation to and from the Lighthouse by USCG licensed
boat captain included in the fee.
Contact: DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society, P.O. Box 307 - Drummond Island, MI 49726; (906) 493-6609
Email: keepers@drlps.com or DRLPS@drlps.com
Facility: Keepers reside at the fully restored off-shore lighthouse Friday through late Sunday (3 days/2 nights) - Mid June through August.
Accommodates up to 6 individuals - singles and couples may apply. Longer and mid-week programs will be considered. Duties: Include cleaning
and light maintenance tasks, assisting with tours and keeping a log. Must be in good physical condition and able to climb vertical 20-foot pier ladders.
Rates: $220 for non-members or $200 for DRLPS members per person for a 3 day program.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse
Type: Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Location: On Lake Michigan in Leelanau State Park, 8 miles north of Northport
Contact: Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, PO Box 43, 15500 N. Lighthouse Pt. Road, Northport, MI 49670; (231) 386-7195
Email: info@grandtraverselighthouse.com
Facility: Former assistant's quarters with a fully-equipped modern kitchen, living room, two bedrooms each with two twin beds, and a bath and a half 
accommodating up to four adults at a time.
Duties: Duties include greeting visitors, providing historical information about the lighthouse, helping in the gift shop and other miscellaneous duties.
Season runs April to December.
Rates: $150 per person
Info        Availability Calendar  

Mission Point Lighthouse - U.S. Lighthouse Society Member
: Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Location: At the end of Old Mission Point, 17 miles north of Traverse City, Michigan where M37 ends.
Contact: Ginger Schultz, Manager, 231-645-0759
Email:  missionpointlight@gmail.com
Facility: The Keepers’ Quarters has one bedroom (2 single beds), queen sleeper sofa in the living room, free WiFi, cable TV, updated bathroom
and laundry, dining room and a newly updated kitchen. All cleaning products are supplied. Keepers provide their own linens, towels and food. 
Occupancy is 2 adults and occasionally we can accommodate 3-4 (check with manager). Children and pets are not allowed. Two parking spaces
are available directly behind the lighthouse.
Duties: Primarily the in-season keepers (May-Nov) are busy with the retail shop from 10 to 5. Keepers must be able to climb the 37 steps to the
tower a few times daily to check the museum and at the end of the day to clean the windows, sweep & vacuum. Schedule is Tuesday to Tuesday
with Monday off. There is light daily housekeeping and for the off-season keepers some maintenance projects (painting, repairs, etc.). Off-season,
Winter keepers have the option of doing only a weekend stay and no retail duties required.
In-season Rates: $200/couple per week, $370 for 2 consecutive weeks   Off-season Rates:  Contact the Manager
Information           Additional Info                

St. Helena Island Lighthouse - Visit gllka.org for updated information for 2020
Type: Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Location: On Saint Helena Island in Lake Michigan, 7 miles west of the northern end of the Mackinac Bridge
Contact: GLLKA, P.O. Box 219, Mackinaw City, MI 49701; (231) 436-5580
Email: info@gllka.org
Facility: Housing opportunities are varied and are dependent on the groups scheduled on the island. Volunteer keeper openings
are available from mid-June through mid-August, with tours of duty ranging from a minimum of 3 days through the entire two
month period, based on the volunteer's availability.
Duties: Volunteers will be transported by boat from Mackinaw City to St. Helena Island or via a two miles trip from the south shore of the
Upper Peninsula in one of our 14 foot outboard powered Zodiacs.  Volunteers will spend their entire tour of duty
on the island before being returned to Mackinaw City. Duties can include painting, sanding, cooking, washing dishes, dusting,
hand-pumping and carrying water, serving as a tour guide 
and clearing brush and weeds.
Fees:  Please call the GLLKA office for the fee structure and the available time frames. The fee includes all meals, snacks,
beverages, consumables and transportation.
More Info          Volunteer Application

Michigan - Volunteer Host Keeper

Au Sable Point Light Station
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: On Lake Superior, 13 miles east of Grand Maris in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Contact: Scott Berry at 906-387-3700
Email: piro_information@nps.gov
Facility & Duties: Each year, the park uses volunteers to live at the light station and staff the museum and contact station and
help with tours.  A volunteer apartment on the second floor of the head keepers quarters includes a kitchen, indoor bathroom,
small living room and one bedroom.  Volunteers work for one month at a time, 40 hours per week:  June, July, August, and September. 
The park announces for volunteers at the end of December/beginning of January for the following summer at volunteer.gov.
Info  (Click on Volunteer Opportunity)   Application 

Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington North Pier Light & Little Sable Point Lighthouse - USLHS Member
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: All three lighthouses are on Lake Michigan: Big Sable Point in Ludington State Park, 8 miles north of Ludington;
Ludington North Breakwater in Ludington;
Little Sable Point in Silver Lake State Park, 32 miles south of Ludington.
Contact: PO Box 673, Ludington, MI 49431; (231) 845-7343
Email: splkadirector@gmail.com
Facility:  Housing is provided for all volunteer lighthouse keepers, onsite at Big Sable and nearby for both Little Sable and
the Ludington North Breakwater Light.
There is a $30/single and $50/couple or family administrative fee and you must be a member of Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers
Association (www.splka.org).
Duties: Duties include cleaning, tower tours, historical interpretation, and operation of a gift shop. Applicants should make every
effort to visit our lighthouses before applying to be a keeper. 4-7 volunteers are scheduled for each tour of duty. Two week tours at
Big Sable; One week tours at Little Sable and Ludington
North Breakwater Lighthouses.
More Info

Cheboygan River Front Range Lighthouse - Visit gllka.org for updated information for 2020.
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: On Lake Huron in Cheboygan.
Contact: Great Lake Lighthouse Keepers Association; (231) 436-5580
Email: info@gllka.org
Facility: Two volunteers per session; a couple or close friends.  The lighthouse has 2 bedrooms for accommodations.
Duties:   Lead tours of the tower.  Daily cleaning of the lighthouse is necessary and an important duty of the Keepers will
be to staff the gift shop. Keepers will also be responsible for building and grounds maintenance throughout the day. This may
include sweeping down buildings, mowing the lawn, trimming grass, changing light bulbs, etc. There will also be special
projects from time to time - ranging from carpentry, light demolition, painting, etc., depending on the individual keeper’s
skills and abilities. There is a nightly fee and you must be a member of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association.
More Info






Crisp Point Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: On Lake Superior, 14 miles west of Whitefish Point.
Contact:  Jamie Rolfe at (517) 230-6294
Email: cplhs@sbcglobal.net
Facility: Volunteers stay in motels or tent/RV camp south of the lighthouse for one to five days at a time in the summer.
One keeper family at a time. Must be a member of the Crisp Point Light Historical Society (www.crisppointlighthouse.org).
Duties: Greet visitors, answer questions and let them climb the tower. Other duties include selling merchandise, cleaning
up around the lighthouse and boardwalk and cleaning/restocking restrooms.
Info: www.crisppointlighthouse.org/volunteerkeepers.html
Availability Calendar: www.localendar.com/public/crisppointlighthouse

Forty Mile Point Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: On Lake Huron, 7 miles north of Rogers City.
Contact: 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society, P.O. Box 205, Rogers City, MI 49779; (989) 785-2468
Email:  fortymilepointlighthouse@gmail.com   
Facility: You must supply your own RV. There are four (4) fully equipped RV parking spaces located just south of the open
pavilion and there is a $25 non-refundable application fee per application.
Duties: Greet visitors and provide them with historical information about the light station, work in the gift shop, light house
museum and pilot house and keep the buildings neat and clean.






South Fox Island Lighthouse
  Volunteer Host Camper Keeper
Location:  South Fox Island Lighthouse, Michigan
Contact:  Phil von Voigtlander (231) 386-7922
Email:  philfvon@gmail.com
Facilities:  Independent camping.  Only amenities are a flush toilet, picnic table and fire pit.  You need to provide everything else,
include all your food for 2+ weeks.  Couples or small groups of friends are ideal candidates.   Transportation is provided to and
from the island.  Keepers now have the option to use bunk beds in the newly reconstructed lighthouse summer quarters.
Duties:  Provide tours for occasional visitors, grounds upkeep and restoration projects based on your abilities.  Current needs are
for finished carpentry in addition to  painting, ground maintenance and beach grooming.
Website       More Keeper Info  

Tawas Point Lighthouse (Photos by Michigan DNR)
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper 
Location: On Lake Huron in Tawas Point State Park near East Tawas, Michigan.
Contact: Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper Program,  Laurie Catherine Perkins, Historian, Tawas Point Lighthouse, Michigan History
Center, 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, Michigan 48909, 
Facilities:  Keepers stay in the keeper's quarters on the second floor of the residence.  Maximum occupancy is four people at any one
time.  Modern accommodations include two bedrooms, full kitchen, bathroom, washer and dryer and wifi. 

Duties: Two week stays only.  Duties include greeting guests, providing information about the history of the lighthouse through regularly
scheduled public tours and light housekeeping. Keepers must be 18 years old. No pets allowed.  Knowledge of Great Lakes maritime
history is appreciated, but not required.  Keepers must have experience in customer service and public speaking.
Fees:  Fees will be posted during the application process in January of each year.  Program runs mid-May-mid October.


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