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.
The Lighthouse Keeper Program
For just $75 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 up to 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 2020 Lighthouse Keeper Program will take place from May 6 through Oct. 7. Keepers are required to participate for two consecutive weeks during this time. Keepers serve in teams of two to four people and can be made up of family members and friends. Keepers will be responsible for offering tours to the visiting public Wednesday through Monday afternoons at scheduled times. The lighthouse will be open Tuesdays with the aid of volunteers, giving keepers time for personal chores and sightseeing in the area.
Participants should be comfortable speaking to the public, in good health and able to climb the 85‐step lighthouse tower as a regular part of daily tours.
Other requirements include:
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Provide your own food, toiletries, and linens
- Pass a background check
- DNR employees are not eligible
- No pets are allowed
Orientation and Training
All lighthouse keepers selected to participate will be asked to attend a training session presented by DNR staff at Tawas Point State Park on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Information packets will be provided to all program participants, as well as additional orientation upon arrival.
Interested individuals must complete the Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper application form below (the form will be available starting Jan. 6). The form can be completed online or printed and mailed to the address below. The application will be open from Jan. 6, 2020 until Feb. 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
For further information contact Laurie Perkins via email or call 517-241-0731.
Mail applications to:
Michigan History Center
c/o Laurie Perkins
702 West Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48909