Bed & Breakfast
Big Bay Point Lighthouse
Location: #3 Lighthouse Road, Big Bay, Michigan 49808 (On Lake Superior 4 miles east of Big Bay and 30 miles north of Marquette).
Contact: 906-345-9957. Email: keepers@BigBayLighthouse.com
Facility: Open April-November. The 14-room inn has five guest rooms with private baths, a common living room and library.
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.
Charity Island Lighthouse
Location: Charity Island is located 10 miles offshore in the middle of the Saginaw Bay.
Contact: 989-747-4078 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Au Gres being the preferred location from Charity Island Landing & RV Park located 3728 E. Michigan Avenue, Au Gres Michigan 48703. Details on renting the lightkeepers home can be found on the website below.
Eagle River Lighthouse
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). Email: email@example.com
Facility: Carefully restored 1850's lighthouse. 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, gourmet kitchen, library, gorgeous deck and a four-season sunroom. Sleeps 6.
Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
Location: 2802 Omar St, Port Huron, MI 48060
Contact: 810-982-0891, X118. firstname.lastname@example.org
Facility: Overnight at the Lighthouse. Suited for scouts, youth groups, school groups and families. Each overnight stay features a tour of the grounds, fog signal building and keeper’s dwelling, which concludes by climbing the oldest lighthouse in the State of Michigan! A program relating to the site will be presented, then a snack and lights out. Sleep in the keeper’s dwelling in bunk-style accommodations, then have breakfast on your own the next day. Groups of up to 42 people can be accommodated year round.
Point Betsie Keepers Quarters
Location: Point Betsie Road, Frankfort, MI. On Lake Michigan 5 miles north of Frankfort, near the southern end of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Contact: Email: email@example.com
Facility: Two 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.
Lighthouse Keeper for a Fee
DeTour Reef Lighthouse
Location: Off shore in Lake Huron, 3 miles south of DeTour Village, Michigan.
Contact: DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society. 906-493-6609. Email: ToursandKeepers@drlps.com
Facility: Keepers reside at the fully restored off-shore lighthouse. Accommodates up to 6 individuals - singles and couples may apply. Transportation to and from the Lighthouse by USCG licensed boat captain included in the fee.
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.
Grand Traverse Lighthouse
Location: Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, 15500 N. Lighthouse Pt. Road, Northport, MI 49670. On Lake Michigan in Leelanau State Park, 8 miles north of Northport
Contact: 231-386-7195 Email: firstname.lastname@example.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. Can accommodate up to four adults at a time.
Duties: Greeting visitors, providing historical information about the lighthouse, helping in the gift shop and other miscellaneous duties.
Mission Point Lighthouse
Location: At the end of Old Mission Peninsula, 17 miles north of Traverse City, Michigan where M37 ends.
Contact: Ginger Schultz, Manager. 231-645-0759. email@example.com
Facility: The Keepers’ Quarters has one bedroom (2 single beds), queen sleeper sofa in the living room, updated bathroom, 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, pets and RVs are not allowed. Keepers have secure storage for bikes, boards, kayaks etc.
Note: See the website for the keeper handbook, calendar and application process.
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 Wednesday off. The gift shop duties are Thursday – Monday. There are light daily housekeeping duties and for the off-season keepers some optional maintenance projects. Off-season, winter keepers have minimum of 3-night stay/cost is more but no retail duties required.
Rates: See website or contact the Manager.
Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse
Location: 7320 Lighthouse Road, Port Hope, Michigan 48468.
Contact: Mimi Herrington 989-768-0466. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facility: Your group of two to four adults can spend a week or more staying in the Assistant Keeper’s house overlooking the scenic shores of Lake Huron.
Duties: The primary responsibilities of Assistant Keepers include greeting visitors, helping in the gift shop and acting as docents by giving tours and providing information about the lighthouse. In addition, Assistant Keepers may be asked to perform basic facility maintenance such as sweeping floors and dusting. See website for additional information and fees.
St. Helena Island Lighthouse
Location: On Saint Helena Island in Lake Michigan, 7 miles west of the northern end of the Mackinac Bridge
Contact: Great Lake Lighthouse Keepers Association: 231-436-5580. Email: email@example.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. 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.
Location: On Lake Huron in Tawas Point State Park near East Tawas, Michigan.
Contact: Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper Program, Laurie Catherine Perkins. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilities: Two week stays only. 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 and bathroom. No pets allowed.
Duties: 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.
Fees: Fees will be posted during the application process in January of each year. See website below to sign up.
Volunteer Host Keeper
Au Sable Point Light Station
Location: On Lake Superior, 13 miles east of Grand Maris in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Contact: Email: email@example.com
Facility: A volunteer apartment on the second floor of the head keeper’s quarters includes a kitchen, indoor bathroom, small living room and one bedroom.
Duties: Each year, the park uses volunteers to live at the light station and staff the museum and contact station to help with tours. Announcements are made for volunteers at the end of December/beginning of January for the following summer.
Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Little Sable Point Lighthouse & Ludington North Pier Light
Location: All three lighthouses are on Lake Michigan shoreline. The Ludington North Breakwater Light sits about a half-mile off the shore on a pier head at Stearns Park Beach, west of downtown Ludington. Big Sable Point is within Ludington State Park, about 9 miles north of downtown Ludington. Little Sable Point Lighthouse, in Mears, Michigan, is about 30 miles south of Ludington, in Silver Lake State Park.
Contact: SPLKA 231-845-7417 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facility: Overnight accommodations are provided either on-site or at a nearby residence in the Ludington State Park or Silver Lake State Park, depending on the light for which you are volunteering. Resident volunteer keeper assignments are 1- or 2-week commitments. Resident volunteers must agree to a background check and pay the Resident Keepers housing fee ($30-$50). All volunteers must be a member of Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association (www.splka.org).
Duties: Resident and day keepers are responsible for a variety of tasks including: welcoming guests, historical interpretation, using the cash register to sell tower climb admissions and merchandise in the gift shop, gift shop inventory and stocking, cleaning and grounds work. Website
Cheboygan River Front Range Lighthouse
Location: On Lake Huron in Cheboygan.
Contact: Great Lake Lighthouse Keepers Association; 231-436-5580. Email: email@example.com
Facility: 2-4 volunteers per session; a couple or close friends. The lighthouse has 3 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.
Crisp Point Lighthouse
Location: On Lake Superior, 14 miles west of Whitefish Point.
Contact: Bill Beasley 989-859-1407. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facility: Volunteers stay in motels or tent/RV camp south of the lighthouse for one to five days at a time in the summer. Camping is only allowed for scheduled keepers. Akeeper groupmayhave 2-6 adults and they do not need to be related. Keepers 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.
Note: The sign up date is November 1 for the following season and dates fill up extremely fast.
Website General information Email: email@example.com
Forty Mile Point Lighthouse
Location: 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Park, 7323 US 23 North, Rogers City, MI. On Lake Huron, 7 miles north of Rogers City.
Contact: 989-734-4907. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facility: You must supply your own RV. There are four fully equipped RV parking spaces located just south of the open pavilion. These sites are for keeper program vollunteers only. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee, see website for application.
Duties: Greet visitors and provide them with historical information about the light station, work in the gift shop, lighthouse museum and pilot house and keep the buildings neat and clean.
South Fox Island Lighthouse
Location: South Fox Island Lighthouse, Michigan
Contact: Email: email@example.com
Facilities: Rustic amenities include an outdoor privy, picnic table and fire pit. You need to provide everything else, include all your food and potable water. Couples or small groups of friends are ideal candidates (with experienced team leader provided). Fee for transportation to and from the island. Keepers now have the option to use single or double beds in the 1867 lighthouse or assistant keepers’ quarters.
Duties: Provide tours for occasional visitors, maintain grounds, and paint and restore buildings and pathways based on your abilities.