Department of Natural Resources
Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind stay at beautiful Tawas Bay? Tawas Point State Park is located on the shores of Lake Huron, near East Tawas in Iosco County. Sandy beaches combined with the warm shallow waters provide ideal swimming conditions. Large populations of migratory birds that flock to the park attract birdwatchers from near and far. The park has 193 campsites, several cabins and two miles of hiking trails. The most iconic feature of the peninsula is the Victorian‐era Tawas Point Lighthouse.
The Tawas Point Lighthouse is a popular landmark in the park and attracts visitors from around the world. The lighthouse keeper program offers the unique opportunity to spend extended periods of time immersed in the lighthouse experience. Two shipwrecks sit off the shoreline of Tawas Point, providing additional historical and educational value to visitors.
For just $250 per person, lighthouse keepers are provided two weeks of lodging in the second‐story quarters of the historic light keeper's dwelling which overlooks the scenic shores of Lake Huron. Accommodations include two bedrooms which can sleep four adults, along with a modern fully‐equipped kitchen, shower and bath. Free parking is also provided. The keeper schedule is designed to allow time to enjoy recreational activities on your own while providing valuable volunteer services.
The primary responsibilities of keepers include greeting visitors, giving tours, and providing information about the lighthouse and Tawas area. In addition to providing an informative and educational experience, keepers will be asked to perform basic facility maintenance, sweeping floors, removing trash, cleaning bugs off windows, sweeping outdoor walkways, and thoroughly cleaning the living quarters upon departure. The total commitment is about 35 hours per week.
The 2022 Lighthouse Keeper Program will take place from mid May through mid October. Keepers apply in teams of four; individual members must be at least 18 years old.
Application deadline: Feb. 11, 2022.
For further information, send email to DNR-Tawaskeepers@Michigan.gov or call 517-930-3806.
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