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: 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. It is a working lighthouse.  Open year-round
Info: www.bigbaylighthouse.com
Rates: www.bigbaylighthouse.com/home3.html

Jacobsville Lighthouse
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Location: On Lake Superior near Jacobsville, just north of the mouth of the Portage River
Contact: 38741 Jacobs Street , Lake Linden, Michigan, 49945; (906) 523-4137
Email: mditty23@netzero.com
Facility: Located on Keweenaw Bay off the east side of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.  Two rooms that can be occupied by up to 2 people per room.  Optional separate private sitting room available.
Info & Rates: www.jacobsvillelighthouse.com

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: www.sandhillslighthouseinn.com  Email: sandhills@pasty.net

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 availablilty.  
Info & Rates: http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/crews-quarters-overnight-program/
On-Line Reservations: https://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/crews-quarters-overnight-program/crew-quarters-reservations/

Michigan - Vacation Rentals

Charity Island Lighthouse
  Vacation Rental
Location:  10 miles offshore in the middle of  Saginaw Bay.
Contact:  Charity Island Transport, Inc., P.O. Box 171, Au Gres, Michigan 48703
Facility:  Five bedrooms with 2.5 baths.  Sleeps 10.  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 wick chairs.  Round trip transportation is from Caseville.
Info: www.charityisland.net/rental/lighthouse-rental-info.html

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
Website:  www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3893239

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. Minimum of 20 people (or $500.00) is required to reserve a date, and a maximum of 40 may participate.
Website:  www.phmuseum.org/overnight-at-the-light

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.
Availability:  http://www.pointbetsie.org/reserve/reservation-calendar.html
Info: http://www.pointbetsie.org/reserve/keepers-quarters/  

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 fee.
Contact: DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society, P.O. Box 307 - Drummond Island, MI 49726; (906) 493-6609
Email: keepers@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 3 day program.
Info: http://www.drlps.com/visit/KeeperProgram.aspx

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.org
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: http://www.grandtraverselighthouse.com/keeper-program/
Availability Calendar: www.grandtraverselighthouse.com/calendar/

Mission Point Lighthouse - U.S. Lighthouse Society Member
Type: 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 sleper sofa in the living room, spacious quarters, free WiFi, cable TV, dining room and a well equipped kitchen. 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: Climb the 37 steps to the tower to clean the windows, sweep & vacuum. Perform routine ground maintenance, light housekeeping and some maintenance projects (painting, repairs, etc.).  Retail tasks in the busy gift shop and have visitors sign guest boat (May-Oct).  Winter keepers have the option of doing a weekend for $75 and no retail duties.
Rates: $200/couple per week, $370 for 2 weeks.
More Informationhttp://www.missionpointlighthouse.com/ and http://www.missionpointlighthouse.com/keeper-program.html

St. Helena Island Lighthouse
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.com
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 and 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.
Info: www.gllka.com/sthvolunteer.html

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: Susan Reece, 906-387-2607 ext 1208 or Scott Berry at 906-387-3700
Email: piro_information@nps
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 collowing summer at volunteer.gov.
Info: http://www.nps.gov/piro/historyculture/ausablelightstation.htm (Click on Volunteer Opportunity)
Application: Submit volunteer application at www.nps.gov/volunteer

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: bsplka@t-one.net
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.
Info: http://www.splka.org/_mgxroot/page_10782.html

Cheboygan River Front Range Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: On Lake Huron in Cheboygan.
Contact: Great Lake Lighthouse Keepers Association; (231) 436-5580
Email: info@gllka.com
Facility: Two volunteers (a couple or good friends) share a bedroom at the lighthouse.
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 no fee but you must be a member of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (www.gllka.com).
Info:  http://www.gllka.com/cheb-volunteer.html

Crisp Point Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: On Lake Superior, 14 miles west of Whitefish Point.
Contact: Rick Brockway 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, 6 miles north of Rogers City.
Contact: 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society, P.O. Box 205, Rogers City, MI 49779; (989) 785-2468
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.
Info: http://www.40milepointlighthouse.org/assist.html

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:  http://www.southfox.org/     More Keeper Info:  http://www.southfox.org/camper%20keepers.htm

Tawas Point Lighthouse (Tawas Point State Park, East Tawas, Michigan)
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper 
Location: On Lake Huron in Tawas Point State Park near East Tawas
Contact: Tawas Point Keeper Program, 686 Tawas Beach Road, East Tawas, MI 48730; (989) 362-5658 (Summer), 989-348-2537 (Winter) or Hilary Pine at dnr-tawaskeepers@michigan.gov
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, taking care of the various artifacts located in the lighthouse museum and light maintenance (e.g. sweeping sidewalks, picking up trash, etc.) and giving 10-15 minute tours of the lighthouse.  Keepers must be at least 18 years old and may work up to 8 hours a day.  Knowledge of Great Lakes maritime history is appreciated, but not required.  Keepers must have experience in customer service and public speaking.
Fees:  No fee.  Program runs mid-May-mid October.
Info: www.michigan.gov/tawaslighthouse

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