Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association (Michigan) looking for volunteer “keepers”

Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA), a non-profit organization, manages three historic lighthouses within a thirty-mile stretch of Lake Michigan’s shoreline.  Since 1987, members of SPLKA have worked tirelessly to restore, preserve, and make these lighthouses accessible.  SPLKA also operates a Volunteer Keepers program, which allows its members the opportunity to live and work at the lighthouses free of charge during a seven-month season, from May to October.

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Big Sable Point Lighthouse, 2007. U.S. Lighthouse Society archives.

SPLKA is currently seeking individuals to assist with its volunteer resident keeper program in 2019. Volunteers help the non-profit organization operate Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Little Sable Point Lighthouse, White River Light Station, and Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse.

Clean and comfortable accommodations are offered free of charge within houses in Ludington State Park and Silver Lake State Park grounds. One week and two week tours are available, May through October.

Applications for membership and for the Lighthouse Keeper program are available on the SPLKA web site at To learn more about the program email or call Rachel Bendele at 231-845-7417.

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