Enjoy a historic summer as a Tawas Point Lighthouse keeper

The Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper Program is now accepting applications for keepers for May 1 through Oct. 29. Those selected will get to live in the restored keeper’s quarters at the historic Tawas Point Lighthouse, located in Tawas Point State Park off Tawas Bay in Lake Huron.

Each participant pays a $75 per-person fee and provides roughly 35 hours of service each week in and around the historic lighthouse that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Keeper duties include greeting visitors, giving tours, providing information about the lighthouse and routine cleaning and maintenance. Keepers stay in the second story of the keeper’s quarters attached to the lighthouse. Accommodations include two bedrooms sleeping up to four adults, a modern kitchen, bath and laundry. Keepers must commit to a two-week stay at the lighthouse.

The lighthouse keeper program looks for teams of two, three or four adults – especially those with knowledge of lighthouse lore or Great Lakes maritime history – but there is no requirement for such a background. Prospective keepers should be physically able to climb up and down the 85 lighthouse stairs and have excellent customer service and public speaking skills.

The application and additional information are available at the Lighthouse Keeper Program webpage. For more information, contact dnr-tawaskeepers@michigan.gov. The application period is open through Feb. 1.