Want To Live In A Michigan Lighthouse This Summer? Applications Being Accepted Now

WWJ News
January 15, 2020 - 8:05 am

EAST TAWAS (WWJ) - How would you like to live in a lighthouse this summer? Imagine having your cup of coffee as you look out over the bay or being lulled to sleep by waves hitting the shore.

You and three others could stay at the Tawas Point Lighthouse along Lake Huron, near East Tawas in Iosco County, for two weeks at a cost of $75 per person.

Tawas point lighthouse

Lighthouse keepers are provided two weeks of lodging in the second‐story quarters, 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. The keeper schedule is designed to allow time to enjoy recreational activities while providing valuable volunteer services.

"The main job is to give tours of the lighthouse," lighthouse manager Laurie Perkins told WWJ's Beth Fisher. "We have probably 150, 200 people a day that come through the lighthouse in the summer, and the keepers get to act as the host."

In addition to providing information about the lighthouse and Tawas area, 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.

Perkins says they've already received about 500 applications. 

"It's going to be fun reading all the applications," she said. "We've got calls from people in Ohio and Illinois, Florida, Colorado, Australia. All kinds of inquiries."

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. No pets are allowed. 

Participants must be at least 18 and 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.

Interested individuals must complete the Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper application form online or print and send in the mail. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 7. For more information, click here