Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association

Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association Dedicated to preservation of Great Lakes lighthouse and the stories of those who served at them. A registered non-profit association dedicated to Great Lakes lighthouse preservation and history
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Fort Gratiot Light, MI and its fog-horn tower on Lake Huron at the head of the St. Clair River in 1946
05/12/2020

Fort Gratiot Light, MI and its fog-horn tower on Lake Huron at the head of the St. Clair River in 1946

St. Helena Island Light Station
05/12/2020

St. Helena Island Light Station

Did you know that we now have TWO webcam's on St. Helena? Visit www.gllka.org's main page, scroll down to "Our Lighthouses" and you will see the buttons for both webcams. It is unfortunate St. Helena will not see any visitors this summer, but this is a great way to tune in and check out weather, water levels, and wildlife on the island any time of year!

Last glimmer of sunset at the "new" Presque Isle Light, MI of 1870 on Lake Huron - Photo by Michael W. Collins
05/11/2020

Last glimmer of sunset at the "new" Presque Isle Light, MI of 1870 on Lake Huron - Photo by Michael W. Collins

Night reflections at Point Betsie Light, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by Joe Holley
05/10/2020

Night reflections at Point Betsie Light, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by Joe Holley

Summer sunset at Ludington North Breakwater Light, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by Nick Bromley
05/09/2020

Summer sunset at Ludington North Breakwater Light, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by Nick Bromley

The motor vessel Manitowoc arriving this morning at Manistee, MI on Lake Michigan to off-load a cargo of limestone - Pho...
05/08/2020

The motor vessel Manitowoc arriving this morning at Manistee, MI on Lake Michigan to off-load a cargo of limestone - Photo by Chris Franckowiak

05/07/2020

To our GLLKA lighthouse friends and family,

We hope everyone is safe and healthy during these challenging times. We would like to update you on where we are today, which will likely change tomorrow.

In the past at this time of year, we would be enrolling participants for our lighthouse cruises, finalizing plans for opening the St. Helena Island Lighthouse and the Cheboygan River Front Range Light, planning for the needs of our docents and visitors to those lighthouses, and coordinating with boat captains for our summer schedule. Ordinarily, our main worry would be coping with record lake high water levels.

This brings us to 2020, the year of shelter-in-place, social distancing, and the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic. Lighthouse cruises, gift shop sales, and memberships are our main sources of income for supporting ongoing operations. Unfortunately, it looks like 2020 is going to be a rough year. We have made the decision to postpone until further notice our Northern Lake Michigan Lighthouse Excursion, which was scheduled for early June. Knowing that foot traffic into our gift shop will likely be down, our plans are to create a more visible online store. As birthdays, holidays, and other special events come up, we ask you to consider purchasing quality items from GLLKA via our website to help support us.

St. Helena Island Lighthouse will not be open this summer for our regularly scheduled lunch tours or for other group events. As an alternative, go to our website www.gllka.org and click on the link near the bottom of the main page (Live Video at St. Helena) to see live views of the harbor there. Bald eagles are nesting in the trees across the harbor from the lighthouse. Watch carefully and you may see them when they are in flight. The eagles have already been spotted multiple times this spring.

Our Cheboygan River Front Range Light will remain closed until further notice.

In the meantime, our dedicated staff, board of directors, and volunteers are working hard to navigate through these difficult times. We will keep everyone informed as updates become available and ask that you follow us on our website, www.gllka.org and on our page.

Please be safe and we hope to see all of you soon.

Jim Tamlyn
Executive Director
Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association

Little Traverse Light and fog signal bell tower in Harbor Springs, MI on Lake Michigan c.1940
05/07/2020

Little Traverse Light and fog signal bell tower in Harbor Springs, MI on Lake Michigan c.1940

Fairport Harbor Light, OH on Lake Erie c.1909
05/06/2020

Fairport Harbor Light, OH on Lake Erie c.1909

Starry, Starry night at Cana Island Light, WI on Lake Michigan - Photo by Derek Diehl
05/05/2020

Starry, Starry night at Cana Island Light, WI on Lake Michigan - Photo by Derek Diehl

Sherwood Point Light, WI overlooking the waters of Lake Michigan's Green Bay is the subject in this real photo post card...
05/04/2020

Sherwood Point Light, WI overlooking the waters of Lake Michigan's Green Bay is the subject in this real photo post card from 1900

Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association's cover photo
05/04/2020

Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association's cover photo

Spectacular summer sunset at South Haven, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by Walter E. Elliott
05/03/2020

Spectacular summer sunset at South Haven, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by Walter E. Elliott

A very good summer morning at Eagle Harbor Light, MI on Lake Superior - Photo by Craig Sterken
05/02/2020

A very good summer morning at Eagle Harbor Light, MI on Lake Superior - Photo by Craig Sterken

Dreaming of warm summer days at North Manitou Shoal Light, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo courtesy of North Manitou Light K...
05/01/2020

Dreaming of warm summer days at North Manitou Shoal Light, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo courtesy of North Manitou Light Keepers

Some restoration progress good news from Kewaunee, WI
05/01/2020

Some restoration progress good news from Kewaunee, WI

Our historic replica doors have been installed and they are beautiful! There has to be some finishing work completed so don't be alarmed by the unfinished look and pieces of random wood. The windows are made of tempered polycarbonate.

The exterior of Round Island Light, MI in the Straits of Mackinac across from Mackinac Island was restored nearly 30 yea...
04/30/2020

The exterior of Round Island Light, MI in the Straits of Mackinac across from Mackinac Island was restored nearly 30 years ago. Here is a photo of the abandoned lighthouse from 1974 taken prior to restoration which clearly shows decades of damage due to neglect, vandalism, and constant exposure to the elements.

Port Sanilac Light, MI on Lake Huron c.1906
04/29/2020

Port Sanilac Light, MI on Lake Huron c.1906

Beaver Island (Beaver Head) Light, MI on Lake Michigan c.1908
04/28/2020

Beaver Island (Beaver Head) Light, MI on Lake Michigan c.1908

04/28/2020
Whitefish Point Delays Opening- rough cut

Maritime museums around the Great Lakes have had to lay off employees and brace themselves for financial issues for months to come. All of this comes amid the fears of the devastation already caused by the virus to so many friends and family members. Here's a quick chat with the director of one of the most popular attractions in the Upper Peninsula, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point.

Maritime museums around the Great Lakes have had to lay off employees and brace themselves for financial issues for months to come. All of this comes amid th...

Update on the 2020 season at Rock of Ages Light, MI on Lake Superior
04/28/2020

Update on the 2020 season at Rock of Ages Light, MI on Lake Superior

Earlier this month the Rock of Ages LPS Board of Directors made the necessary decision to cancel the 2020 lighthouse restoration season. This decision was made due to 1) the risk that the spread of COVID-19 poses for volunteers who would be working in an extremely remote area far from medical care and 2) COVID-19 related disruptions that have made it logistically impossible to provide adequate supplies, equipment, and transportation for a successful restoration season. All restoration work slated for the 2020 season has been rescheduled for the summer 2021 season. We are disappointed to halt this year's planning and to miss a season of restoration, but we know that The Rock will still be there waiting for us to pick up where we left off when we get back in summer 2021!

Heavy wind and wave action at Frankfort North Breakwater Light, MI on Lake Michigan - April 18, 2020 photo by Brett Mart...
04/27/2020

Heavy wind and wave action at Frankfort North Breakwater Light, MI on Lake Michigan - April 18, 2020 photo by Brett Martin

Mirror, mirror on the water at Holland Harbor South Pierhead Light, MI on Lake Michigan - April 3, 2020 photo by David W...
04/26/2020

Mirror, mirror on the water at Holland Harbor South Pierhead Light, MI on Lake Michigan - April 3, 2020 photo by David W. Behrens

Ashtabula Harbor Light, OH on Lake Erie - Photo by Charles Robert  Hawker
04/25/2020

Ashtabula Harbor Light, OH on Lake Erie - Photo by Charles Robert Hawker

A beautiful summer day at South Manitou Island Light, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by James Gerndt
04/24/2020

A beautiful summer day at South Manitou Island Light, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by James Gerndt

We have a stockpile of Great Lakes maritime books on our shelves and are working on getting them all up on our online st...
04/23/2020

We have a stockpile of Great Lakes maritime books on our shelves and are working on getting them all up on our online store. Support our non-profit and purchase your books today at www.gllka.org/shop. Check back often as we will continue to add more stock daily! Thank you all for your support!

Rough seas at sunset at St. Joseph, MI on Lake Michigan - March 6, 2020 photo by Tom Johnson
04/23/2020

Rough seas at sunset at St. Joseph, MI on Lake Michigan - March 6, 2020 photo by Tom Johnson

Wind Point Light, WI on Lake Michigan by night - Photo by Christine Anderson
04/22/2020

Wind Point Light, WI on Lake Michigan by night - Photo by Christine Anderson

South Baymouth Front Range Light, Ontario, Canada on Lake Huron - Photo By Al Hillman
04/21/2020

South Baymouth Front Range Light, Ontario, Canada on Lake Huron - Photo By Al Hillman

TIME FOR PUBLIC COMMENT IS WINDING DOWN: The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting public comment through May 15 on ...
04/20/2020

TIME FOR PUBLIC COMMENT IS WINDING DOWN: The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting public comment through May 15 on its plan to demolish some of the buildings that comprise the Huron Island Light Station, MI on Lake Superior. Specifically these include the historical boathouse, fog signal building, tram railway, a USCG barracks from 1962, and various components of the electrical and plumbing infrastructure located near them at the western end of the island about 1/2 mile from the lighthouse. The lighthouse itself and those ancillary structures in its immediate vicinity are not in danger of being demolished. The full text of the proposed "Cultural Resources Management Plan and Environmental Assessment" may be found at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Huron
Please read the report thoroughly and send your comments and suggestions via email to the refuge manager at: [email protected]. Those of us engaged in the historic preservation of our Great Lakes lighthouses understand that not everything can always be saved. However, such decisions should always be made with careful consideration for once an old building is demolished, it is gone for good.
PLEASE MAKE YOUR COMMENTS BY E-MAIL to:
[email protected]
or by mail to:
Sara Siekierski
Refuge Manager
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
1674 Refuge Entrance Road
Seney, Michigan 49883

TIME FOR PUBLIC COMMENT IS WINDING DOWN: The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting public comment through May 15 on its plan to demolish some of the buildings that comprise the Huron Island Light Station, MI on Lake Superior. Specifically these include the historical boathouse, fog signal building, tram railway, a USCG barracks from 1962, and various components of the electrical and plumbing infrastructure located near them at the western end of the island about 1/2 mile from the lighthouse. The lighthouse itself and those ancillary structures in its immediate vicinity are not in danger of being demolished. The full text of the proposed "Cultural Resources Management Plan and Environmental Assessment" may be found at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Huron
Please read the report thoroughly and send your comments and suggestions via email to the refuge manager at: [email protected]. Those of us engaged in the historic preservation of our Great Lakes lighthouses understand that not everything can always be saved. However, such decisions should always be made with careful consideration for once an old building is demolished, it is gone for good.
PLEASE MAKE YOUR COMMENTS BY E-MAIL to:
[email protected]
or by mail to:
Sara Siekierski
Refuge Manager
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
1674 Refuge Entrance Road
Seney, Michigan 49883

Aerial view of Crossover Island Light, NY on the St. Lawrence River - Photo from the GLLKA files
04/20/2020

Aerial view of Crossover Island Light, NY on the St. Lawrence River - Photo from the GLLKA files

White Shoal Light, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by Michael W. Collins
04/19/2020

White Shoal Light, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by Michael W. Collins

Waning winter light at Grand Island East Channel Light, MI on Lake Superior - Photo by Patrick Hugener
04/18/2020

Waning winter light at Grand Island East Channel Light, MI on Lake Superior - Photo by Patrick Hugener

Golden sunrise at  Duluth North Pierhead Light, MN on Lake Superior - Photo by Jeffrey Doty
04/17/2020

Golden sunrise at Duluth North Pierhead Light, MN on Lake Superior - Photo by Jeffrey Doty

Address

707 N Huron Ave
Mackinaw City, MI
49701

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(231) 436-5580

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My great grand father John Thomas Trucker was the keeper at Sturgeon Bay WI . My mother Mary Lou was a big supporter of this association. I just found this pin in and old box.
Upper Portage Entry Lighthouse, Houghton Michigan
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, on the shores of Lake Superior.
Of general interest... From the National Archives:
Pointe Aux Barques
Some pen and inks I made years ago . Hope you enjoy .
I am new to this page and was excited to find it. I wanted to share my latest Lighthouse painting that I have done. As most of you know that this is Old Mission Point Lighthouse in Traverse City. I used acrylic paints on a 16x20 canvas. Would love some feedback.
Changing of the light patrol at Presque Isle, Michigan 1870 lighthouse. As the fire in the sky begins its slumber beneath the land, the silent sentinel fires up its beacon to stand guard against danger once more.
Are you aware of the intent for the US Fish and Wildlife Service to tear down the Huron Island Lighthouse Fog Signal Building and Boat House. Go to the Seul Choix Pointe Lighthouse Facebook site and read the letter with information. We need a united front to stop this action. Write letters or email letters to Sara [email protected] at the Seney Wildlife Game Refuge. The Michigan Lighthouse Alliance Group are already onboard. Thanks, Marilyn S. Fischer. Seul Choix Pointe Lighthouse, President and Schoolcraft County Historian
Split Rock Lighthouse near the end of winter.
Split Rock Lighthouse during Civil twilight yesterday afternoon on Minnesota's north shore. Best viewed full screen.
Morning light in Algoma, WI. Taken last weekend.