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Live the life of a Victorian-era light keeper at Tawas Point Lighthouse

Contact: Chuck Allen, 989-362-5041 or Ed Golder, 517-284-5815
Agency: Natural Resources

Tawas Point Lighthouse

Jan. 28, 2014

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a fresh idea in vacation destinations. The DNR seeks volunteers to spend a week or two between March 1 and Dec. 20 acting as lighthouse keepers for the Tawas Point Lighthouse, located on the grounds of Tawas Point State Park along the shores of Lake Huron in East Tawas.

Volunteer duties include studying the lighthouse's rich maritime history, leading guests on lighthouse tours and other miscellaneous duties. In exchange for their work contribution, volunteers are able to stay in the newly renovated keeper's quarters for a cost of $250 per person, per week. The living quarters include two bedrooms, a modern kitchen and bath.

Serving as a lighthouse keeper allows vacationers to enjoy a unique lodging experience with spectacular views, while supporting and preserving a historical landmark.

"I feel blessed to have many memories of folks I met this week," former keeper Robert Ulrich wrote in the Lighthouse Keeper Journal. "Wonderful program, wonderful facility and wonderful memories."

The lighthouse keeper program is open to singles and couples 18 years old and older. Chuck Allen, supervisor at Tawas Point State Park, suggests that volunteers should be physically able to lead tours through the lighthouse and tower and perform housekeeping duties such as light maintenance or yard work. Applications and detailed information are available at

Dates and prices are effective through 2014. For details, call 989-362-5041 or 989-362-5658.

Tawas Point Lighthouse is one of 11 nationally accredited museums administered by the Michigan Historical Center, an agency within the Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. Located in Tawas Point State Park, off U.S. 23, 2.5 miles southeast of East Tawas, the lighthouse is open for tours from early May to mid-October, every day except Tuesdays.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking "YES" for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, nonmotorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can enjoy real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($30.50 annual; $8.40 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store at

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan's outdoor recreation and natural resources at

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