Posted by: Kath Usitalo | May 26, 2010

Attention Lighthouse Lovers

Located at one of the few harbors of refuge on the north shore of Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula, Seul Choix (French for "only choice") Point Light dates to 1892. An active support group operates a museum and tours, opening for the season this Memorial Weekend.

Like lighthouses? Michigan boasts more than any other state in the U.S.—over 115, depending on who’s counting.

I’ve written about lighthouses in the past: click here for the story “Collecting, Celebrating Lighthouses,” including Michigan lighthouses that now welcome Bed & Breakfast guests.

In that post I mentioned the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, which is based in Mackinaw City. I’m plugging GLLKA again because it’s a wealth of information for lighthouse lovers who want to map a road trip around lighthouse locations, or take a boat excursion to view lighthouses.

If you’d like a taste of what it was like to tend to a lighthouse, GLLKA has a list of volunteer lightkeeper opportunities that offer this “pay to play” program. Every lighthouse is unique and so are the duties and length of service of the volunteer lightkeepers, but tasks typically involve greeting guests and giving tours, operating the gift shop, and doing light housekeeping (as in tidying up). And in most cases you pay for the privilege.

While in Mackinaw City visit Old Mackinac Lighthouse and nearby Great Lakes Lightkeepers Association

Also under the GLLK Resources button you’ll find lots of other lighthouse-related information, from lists of lights on the Great Lakes to tips on rescuing or even buying your very own lighthouse.

There’s also an online store for lighthouse collectibles, nautical song recordings, and more.

While in Mackinaw City stop and visit the GLLK office and gift shop, located across from the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

GLLK is a member-supported organization, so you may want to join their efforts to preserve and promote these Sentinels of the Inland Seas.

Visitor Info Clicks for lighthouses pictured:
Seul Choix Point Light is located east of Manistique
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is located in Mackinaw City

For more on visiting lighthouses in Michigan go to michigan.org

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