Lighthouse Associations &
Preservation Societies

There are a number of Lighthouse Associations in Michigan whose missions are to preserve and promote the historic significance of these "Towers of Light" that guided ships during the early years of Great Lakes shipping. These non-profit Associations offer membership and except tax deductible donations to perform their valuable work of preservation and programing. Join a Lighthouse Association today and get connected with our rich Great Lakes maritime history.

Today, assisting financially with Lighthouse Preservation is closer than you think. Getting involved with a great group of people who are interested in saving these Beacons of Light is within your reach. In fact, using the list below, "It's literally at your fingertips". Join, Become a Member, Get Involved, Meet new Friends, Make a Donation today!

PO Box 229, Paradise, MI 49768

Keeping a statuesque tower standing tall on the remote southerly shore of Lake Superior is the mission of the Crisp Point Light Historical Society. Support the effort to preserve an amazing light with true intrigue and enchantment.

P.O. Box 307
Drummond Island, MI 49726
This distinctive lighthouse which dates back to 1931 has been beautifully restored. Help maintain this unique sentinel as a time-less guardian to the entrance to the lower St. Mary's River.


670 Lighthouse Road
Eagle Harbor, MI 49950
The Keweenaw County Historical Society, a not-for-profit 501©(3)* organization, was established in 1981 to preserve and share the history of the county. It has over 1,200 members, many of whom are life members. It operates a number of museums that are open to the public in the summer, publishes a quarterly newsletter and several booklets, runs various programs for adults and children in the summer, maintains an archive of relevant documents, and actively maintains various historical properties. See their website for information on supporting their efforts.


P.O. Box 205
Rogers City, MI 49779
The Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, complementary buildings & the Calcite Pilot House. The Society's goal is to restore and maintain the lighthouse as a nautical museum. Your memberships and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The restoration and maintenance of the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse is funded primarily by donations, gift shop sales and memberships. Your donation or membership, in addition to supporting this effort, entitles you to a 10% discount on gift shop purchases and ensures that you will receive two newsletters per year with information about current progress on the lighthouse and plans for upcoming events. For an application contact them through the link on their website.

P.O. Box 601
Frankfort, MI 49635-0601
The Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse, Inc, a 501(c) organization, was founded to support the restoration, preservation and maintenance of this historic landmark Under a lease agreement with the county, owner of the lighthouse, the Friends manage the Point Betsie site. The mission of the organization is to support Benzie County in the restoration and maintenance of the Point Betsie Lighthouse facility through advocacy, fundraising and volunteers. Our goal is to promote related educational opportunities for the benefit of all, while maintaining the historical and environmental integrity of the site. We welcome you to lend a hand as a docent, gift shop salesperson, or have skills in grounds maintenance, carpentry, planning special events, writing and publicity, or as an all-around helper. Your volunteerism could be a "one-shot" contribution or a regularly scheduled donation of your talents.

Project c/o Alger Historical Society
P.O. Box 201
Munising, MI 49862
Constructed of wood, the light first opened for service in 1868. The Grand Island East Channel Light Rescue Group was formed to preserve this special rustic landmark. Great strides have taken place, but more funding assistance in needed. Help save this unique structure by donating today.

P.O. Box 43
Northport, MI 49670 USA
The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum offers its members benefits such as free admission to the museum (for members and their guests), a discount in the Lighthouse Gift & Camp Store, a quarterly newsletter, and more. See the Membership Link at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum for details. The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum also accepts bequests, gifts of stock, real estate, boats, and vehicles. Visit the Donations page for more information. Consider joining the "Wickie" Circle, a special group of contributors. ("Wickie" is a nickname associated with lighthouse keepers because one of their jobs was to trim the wick on the lighthouse lamp so it wouldn't smoke and create a sooty film on the lighthouse lens.) A "Wickie" pledges a minimum annual gift of $300 to support the operations of The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum. This special group is invited to exclusive events and special considerations.

P.O. Box 219
Mackinaw City, MI 49701-0219
This premiere preservation association was established in 1983, making it one of the nation's longest-lived lighthouse preservation groups. Their broad mission calls for "the preservation of lighthouses, the stories of those who kept them, and developing a new generation of preservationists". They have been very pro-active in preservation. Their first endeavor was the complete transformation of the 1873 St. Helena Island light station. Church groups, youth groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups have all assisted in bringing the location back to life. Over the years, 21 Boy Scouts have successfully undertaken Eagle Scout Service Projects and Girl Scouts have earned 3 Gold and 5 Silver awards for their work on the island.GLLKA also works to support other lighthouse groups throughout the Great Lakes and across the nation. GLLKA members serve on the Boards of both the American Lighthouse Coordinating Committee and the Michigan Lighthouse Alliance and numerous other lighthouse preservation groups. We have partnered with the Hiawatha National Forest in their work at the Round Island lighthouse, with St. James Township with their restoration of the Beaver Island Harbor lighthouse, and with Emmet County in the restoration and interpretation of the McGulpin Point lighthouse which the county purchased in 2008. GLLKA even lent a hand in the restoration of the Sandy Neck Lighthouse in Massachusetts by allowing that group to use patterns made for the restoration of the St. Helena lantern in casting new lantern components for the east coast lighthouse. GLLKA produces a 42 to 56 page newsmagazine "The Beacon", to keep members well informed. A key component in fundraising for their restoration efforts, GLLKA provides historical narration on numerous lighthouse cruises throughout the Straits of Mackinac every summer. We also arrange and host lighthouse excursions throughout the Great Lakes, all of which provide a unique combination of expert narration with the opportunity to experience many lighthouses which are normally difficult to see. GLLKA membership extends beyond the eight U.S. states and the Canadian province of Ontario that border the Great Lakes. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest and/or concern for our Great Lakes maritime heritage. You are cordially invited you to join and actively participate in the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. Your membership will say something very special about you. It not only shows that you care about our Great Lakes lighthouse heritage, but that you personally support the restoration of these magnificent structures for future generations to enjoy.

Membership includes quarterly receipt of The Beacon, which features a unique combination of photography, artwork, and articles designed to keep members informed of both lighthouse news and upcoming GLLKA events, as well as historical articles on Great Lakes lighthouses and keepers written by noted authors and historians. You may also receive special mailings from time to time which provide additional preservation and historical information, as well as member discounts on our excursions and merchandise. See link to website to learn more about this Leader in Preservation.

P.O. Box 126
Copper Harbor, MI 49918
Gull Rock Light Keepers (GRL) is a Michigan-based 501(c)3 nonprofit whose sole mission is to preserve and restore the Gull Rock Lighthouse. GRL was formed by Peter Annin, a former Newsweek correspondent who now organizes educational fellowships for environmental journalists in the Great Lakes region and throughout North America. Gull Rock Light Keepers now aspire to salvage the Gull Rock Lighthouse from its significant state of disrepair by raising the extensive funds necessary to stabilize the structures, stanch the deterioration and begin the long process of restoration. You can help restore this Historic Beacon by getting involved (and/or) donating to the effort.


c/o John Gronberg
145 Crestwood Drive
Holland, MI 49424
The Holland Harbor Lighthouse Historical Commission has been responsible for the up-keep of "Big Red" since February of 2007. This well know lighthouse is very distinctive and a favorite for photographers. You can help keep "Big Red" in pristine condition by making a donation.


P.O. Box 8
Harbor Beach, MI 48441
The Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society was formed in 1982 to address the deteriorated condition of the Harbor Beach Lighthouse. In 2010, the GSA, USCG and State of Michigan transferred the lighthouse and the rights to continue occupying the bottomlands to the City of Harbor Beach. In 2011 a very successful first season of tours began. The Society and it's members are very proud of the restoration effort undertaken by President Skip Kadar, Ron Klebba and all of our volunteers. Our tours are a first rate journey into the past and present, and our docent volunteers are well trained and organized by Pam Semp. The lighthouse is restored to an early 20th century style, full of antique furnishings and other period pieces that approximate the lifestyle of a keeper and his family. The view from the Gallery Deck is the best in Huron County. Get involved (and/or) donate to a worthy cause that is accomplishing much. Look for the DONATE and JOIN links at their web site.


P.O. Box 381
L'Anse, MI 49946
The non-profit Huron Island Lighthouse Preservation Association was formed in January of 1999, with their stated purpose being "preserving the historical and architectural features of the Huron Island Lighthouse and adjacent properties for future generations." This Association has a daunting task and your support is definitely needed. This lighthouse located between L'Anse and Marquette is hard to get to and subject to the wilds of Lake Superior. Use the contact address to help.


P.O. Box 76, Chassell MI 49916
The Keweenaw Waterway Lighthouse Conservancy (KWLC) is dedicated to preserving Lake Superior's Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light. Founded in 2014, the organization is committed to keeping the history of this iconic light station alive for future generations of Great Lakes explorers to appreciate and visit. Built in 1920 and one of the last lighthouses to be put into service on the Great Lakes, the Lower Entrance Light continues to shine at the mouth of the Keweenaw Waterway nearly a century later. KWLC acquired the lighthouse in 2016 through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act and needs your help to restore it to its former glory!

Michigan Secretary of State
Renewal By Mail Unit
Lansing, MI 48918
Show your support in assisting with the preservation of Michigan's Lighthouses by purchasing a Special Lighthouse License Plate. These distinctive license plates can be used on your non-commercial passenger car, pickup truck, van, or motor home. With its striking red-and-white stripes, the White Shoal Lighthouse is set against the blue waters of Lake Michigan to symbolize the need to preserve all 124 of Michigan's lighthouses. You can order the Special Lighthouse Plate by mail, fax, or at any Secretary of State branch office. The plate will be mailed to you within 14 business days from the date the plate is ordered.

To purchase a plate by mail or fax, complete and print
the Lighthouse Preservation License Plate Order Form

300 North Lakeshore Blvd.
Marquette, MI 49855
Keeping a rich maritime heritage alive, the Marquette Maritime Museum appreciates your support. Marquette has always played an important role in Great Lakes shipping. Responsible for iron ore that helped built a Nation, the mining and related shipping of ore, necessitated the placement of a Harbor beacon to the busy port city. The Museum overseas operations at both the Museum and Lighthouse. A very interesting attraction the preservation of this rich history is only made possible through museum visitation proceeds, donations, and memberships. The hard working board of directors is always looking for more members to assist in continuing the success of this truly interesting joint attraction/landmark.

P.O. Box 225
Birmingham, MI 48012
Phone: 248-288-5155
The preservation of the Mendota Lighthouse became the dream of one man. Gary Kohs, owner of Fine Art Models in Birmingham, Michigan purchased the lighthouse and set into motion an aggressive plan to bring the lighthouse back to life. Fortunate to locate and restore Mendota's Fourth Order Fresnel Lens, on July 5, 1998 at exactly 9:45 p.m. in front of approximately 3,500 onlookers, he threw the switch, and once again Mendota returned to the U.S. Coast Guard Charts as a working lighthouse sending its white light almost fourteen miles into Lake Superior every twenty seconds. Local residents were interested in preserving the fresh water marshes around the area of the lighthouse. After much effort a Nature Conservancy was established. This is definitely a story with a happy ending. Learn more at the informative website.

P.O. Box 3249
Traverse City, MI 49685
The Michigan Lighthouse Alliance was founded 2003. It is comprised of over 50 nonprofit organizations of lighthouse preservation groups and lighthouse stakeholders from around the State of Michigan. The Michigan Lighthouse Alliance accepts donations to help fulfill their mission to build a network of lighthouse stewards and stakeholders and provide long-term sustainability for lighthouse preservation efforts in Michigan.

P.O. Box 973
Fenton, MI 48430
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy (MLC) currently owns the Muskegon Lighthouses and is working to preserve them. The MLC is a registered IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation in the state of Michigan. Your help is vital to save these Lights for future generations to enjoy. For more details on the conservancy visit their website.

Box 23203
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: 248-625-8181
The Michigan Lighthouse Fund was formed to make sure our state's great beacons are preserved. By creating a substantial fund which can generate grants and loans to these groups, the fund will be helping to ensure that these uncomplaining watchtowers get the help they need to stand for centuries more. Various Lighthouse stewards who care for Michigan's historic lighthouses united to form the Michigan Lighthouse Alliance. The mission of the Alliance is to offer assistance during the transfer, and assist lighthouse stewards who are working to preserve and maintain the structures after the transfer. You can support their worthwhile cause. Visit their web site for details.

5671 Rockport Rd/Middle Island
Alpena, MI 49707
The Middle Island Lighthouse Keepers Association is hard at work preserving a truly unique lighthouse with a intriguing location near Alpena, Michigan. Members of the Association benefit with discounts on ferry service to the Island, Free Tower Climbs, Events, and more. Get involved and become a member. Check out their website for more information.

Ontonagon County Historical Society
422 River Street
Ontonagon, MI 49953
The Ontonagon County Historical Society owns and operates the beautiful Ontonagon Lighthouse. Contact them to help their efforts in showcasing this Lake Superior guardian in the Western U.P.

P.O. Box 97
Port Hope, MI 48468-9759

What started as a group of people performing a general clean up outing in 2002, soon resulted in the formation of the Point Aux Barques Lighthouse Society. Since the Society's formation the Lighthouse has been completely restored with a new cedar roof, new brick chimneys, complete exterior resealing and repainting, extensive interior work, and the installation of a climate control system. Current work includes the gathering of artifacts, items and history relating to the Lighthouse, Life Saving Station and the Great Lakes. Visiting the Lighthouse today is a wonderful trip for all ages into a past era. You can join the Society, Donate, and Assist.

Lou Schillinger, PARLA President
8265 N. Van Dyke Rd.
Port Austin, MI 48467

The Port Austin Reef Light Association is located on the Port Austin Reef in Lake Huron approximately 2 ½ miles north of the Port Austin Harbor and Port Austin, Michigan. The preservation of this lighthouse will be challenging and they will need your help. Your help would be so greatly appreciated, and your interest is critical to Save this Lighthouse. Make a donation, Join this worthy cause. See the contact information and website.

1115 Sixth Street
Port Huron, MI 48060
Phone: 810-982-0891
Responsible for the preservation and programming of both the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse and the Huron Lightship, the Port Huron Museum appreciates the support from community and maritime history partners. You can get involved in so many ways as a volunteer, sponsor, member, or by making a simple donation. Your support is critical to making the museum successful! Please help the museum continue to offer unique programs and truly special events. To see how you can help inquire today.

4500 E. Grand Lake Road
Presque Isle, MI 49777
989-595-5419 (1905 Keeper's House)
989-595-9917 (Gift Shop)

The Presque Isle Township Museum Society is a 501(c) non-profit organization that was formed in 1998. It is an all volunteer organization with a Board of Directors operating in accordance with its By-Laws. The Board oversees the volunteer staffing to operate the 1905 Lighthouse Keepers House, maintenance and safekeeping of Society property and the gift shop operation at both the Old and New Presque Isle Lighthouses.

P.O. Box 6363
Saginaw, MI 48608-6363
The Round Island Lighthouse Preservation Society was formed in 2009. The five original members of the society make up the board of directors. The board of directors have one thing in common. Each of them have been associated with Freeland Boy Scout Troop 323. Scout Troop 323 annually conducted a cleaning trip of the lighthouse each summer. An annual open house is held at the lighthouse July 12, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST. Support this important effort by becoming a member today.

P.O. Box 673
Ludington, MI 49431
Phone: 231-845-7343
The purpose of SPLKA is to restore and preserve Big and Little Sable Lighthouses and the Ludington North Breakwater Light, provide education to the public about the lights, and allow the public to have the opportunity to climb the towers. Volunteers are their strength. They play active roles in the program. The non-profit organization has over 450 members from across the country. You can become an active keeper or just support the mission of SPLKA through membership. Check out the website for information on this successful organization that is busy "Keeping the Lights of SPLKA".


Dept. SB P.O. Box 2051
Bay City, MI 48707-2051

Please support the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society by joining as a member. Your contributions go to support the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society projects and monthly programs, as well as the publication of the MODOC Whistle. All contributions to this 501-C3 nonprofit organization are tax deductible.

16 Beaumier Way
Escanaba, MI 49829
Phone: 906-789-6790
Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Delta County Historical Society is very grateful for donations that assist in the preservation of area history, and upkeep of the museum, archives and lighthouse. Memberships are available. Volunteers are always welcome to join to help with special events or on a regular basis. See the website for more information.

P.O. Box 15
Harsens Island, MI 48028

The SOSCLA, Save Our South Channel Lights Association, was created to raise public awareness and support for the preservation and restoration of the historic South Channel Lights. This effort will take many more years to accomplish. Your help and support is needed and really appreciated. Membership benefits will include a Range Lights newsletter, membership card and decal. Restoration efforts must continue in order to save this Beacon of Lake St. Clair heritage. Join the effort to save this lighthouse that has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. See the website for details.

905 S Seul Choix Pointe Road
Gulliver, MI 49840-9032
Phone: 906-283-3183
The Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan's Gulliver area, is operated by the Gulliver Historical Society, in cooperation with the DNR. The Society uses monies generated from Federal and State grants, private donations, fundraiser's, memorials, gift shop sales, historic book sales and the Adopt a Step and Brick programs to preserve this historic structure. The restoration of the site is being assisted by dedicated volunteers within the community. Our goal is to preserve the structures and promote an awareness and appreciation of our unique maritime history. The website has more information.

P.O. Box 851
Traverse City, MI 49685
John McKinney, President

The Fox Island Lighthouse Association, Inc. is organized exclusively for scientific, educational and charitable purposes. The purposes of the Fox Island Lighthouse Association, Inc. include preserving and protecting the historic character and landscape of the South Fox Island Light Station [...]; protecting the natural environment of the light station property; the future use of the light station property for education programs of island and maritime history and culture, arts and the study of the ecology of the island of the Great Lakes for the benefit of its membership and the general public; promoting historic preservation, land protection and stewardship on the South Fox Island. The Fox Island Lighthouse Association, Inc.'s purpose also includes broader activities related to historic preservation, cultural promotion and preservation, environmental education, natural resources conservation, scholarship, environmental policy and scientific research in and around the Great Lakes. The Fox Island Lighthouse Association, Inc. seeks active participation in all of these efforts from people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles.

P.O. Box 174
Harrisville, MI 48740
Linda Klemens, SPLH Coordinator
989-727-4703 - 989-464-2231

In 1982 the Alcona Historical Society leased the lighthouse and began a three-year restoration project. The interior of the keeper's house was completely restored, and the buildings were painted. Almost all of the work was done by volunteers. The lighthouse is of masonry construction on a limestone block foundation. The tower is 70 feet, 9 inches tall and is 16 feet in diameter at its base. The light is a 3.5 order Fresnel lens made in Paris, France. The light apparatus is still maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The keeper's house is now a maritime museum which is open to the public on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend. The lighthouse tower is open to the public for climbing at a nominal fee. The grounds are open all year. Memberships are available and you are invited to get involved.


P.O. Box 212
Alpena, MI 49707
Attn: Steve Tongue

Thunder Bay Island is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America, and is located adjacent to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve. The Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation organized in 1993, and is licensed to solicit by the State of Michigan. They are dedicated to the education, preservation and restoration of Thunder Bay Island and its historic light station The goal of the Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society is to repair, restore and perform maintenance on the historic structures on the island. Currently, visitation to the island is limited to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Coast Guard, and members of the Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society.

P.O. Box 1601
Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Join in the preservation of this silent and majestic lighthouse located at the western entrance of the Straits of Mackinac. The lighthouse was in service from 1851 to 1912. In its glory days the Waugoshance Lighthouse sported red and white horizontal stripes on a steel encased tower and stone walls five and one half feet thick. It has one of only three remaining "birdcage" lanterns left on the lakes. It is considered "One of the Most Endangered Lighthouses in the World" Help save this Light that has many stories to tell. Donate to the Cause.


400 West Portage Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was founded in 1978 by a group of divers, teachers, and educators to commence exploration of historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior, near Whitefish Point in Michigans' scenic Upper Peninsula. Today, this non-profit organization operates two museum sites on historic properties: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point; and the U.S. Weather Bureau Building, Soo Locks Park, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

The Shipwreck Museum is open to the public seasonally from May 1 to October 31; and the Weather Bureau is open year-round. Please call 800-635-1742 for exact hours.

The Shipwreck Society is a diverse organization that regularly publishes a newsletter, video/DVDs, booklets, and commissioned works of maritime art. Using its 47-foot Research Vessel David Boyd, the Society actively searches and documents historic shipwrecks each year during the diving season. The Society engages a team of highly experienced volunteer technical divers.
Museum visitation in 2010 was 59,945, with an annual operating budget of over $1.3 Million. The Society currently has 2,245 active members. The Shipwreck Society is a 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit organization; all contributions are tax deductible.Great Lakes maritime history abounds with the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society. Join as a Member of the trend setting organization. Members benefits include a wonderful newsletter subscription, and various programs. Become a stakeholder and support the efforts of this "Truly World-Class Museum, Lighthouse Preservation Society". Learn more at their website.