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Where can I stay at a lighthouse? Are there any lighthouses where I can be a volunteer keeper? Are there lighthouses where you can rent the keeper's quarters for a vacation? Many lighthouse enthusiasts often wish to know where they can experience the life of a lighthouse keeper, even if just for a short time. Fortunately, there are a variety of opportunities in 15 different states. The following list is a work in progress, as circumstances and prices change over time. Please contact the organizations directly for current information and available opportunities. This information is provided as a courtesy by the United States Lighthouse Society, who receives no royalties of any kind for the listings. If you are aware of opportunities that are not listed or can provide updated information on any of the listings, please send the details to info@uslhs.org.


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Alaska

     Alaska - Bed & Breakfast
Cordova Rose Lodge
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Location: Cordova, Alaska
Contact: 1314 Whitshed Box 1494, Cordova, AK 99574, (907) 424-7673
Email: info@cordovarose.com
Facility: The Lodge is located on the shore of Orca Inlet on a barge with its own lighthouse. It offers 11 guest rooms and 2 private cabins, including the Gear Shed building which sleeps 8 persons. In addition to breakfast, other meals are offered as well as adventure packages. A Cordova Rose Lodge staff member will meet you at the Airport.
Info: www.cordovarose.com/main.html
Rates & Availability: http://www.cordovarose.com/rates_reservations.html

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California

     California - Bed & Breakfast
East Brother Light Station
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Location: On East Brother Island, 2 miles north of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
Contact: 117 Park Place, Point Richmond, CA 94801; (510) 233-2385
Email: info@ebls.org
Facility: Located on an island, 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco. Guests can stay in one of five available rooms, four in the lighthouse and one in the original fog signal building. Stay includes a multi-course gourmet dinner in addition to breakfast. Open year round.
Info: www.ebls.org
Rates & Availability: http://ebls.org/?page_id=66

     California - Hostels
Point Montara Lighthouse
Type: Hostel
Location: 20 miles south of San Francisco
Contact: Ayh-Hostel, 16th Street/Hwy 1, Montara, CA 94037; (650) 728-7177
Email: info@montarahostel.org
Facility: Located 25 miles south of San Francisco, guests are accommodated in both shared and private rooms in former Coast Guard quarters and the historic fog signal building. All guests share fully-equipped kitchens, common rooms and bathrooms with hot showers. Special rooms for families and couples are available by reservation.
Info: www.norcalhostels.org/montara
Rates: www.norcalhostels.org/montara/rates

Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Type: Hostel
Location: 26 miles north of Santa Cruz
Contact: Pigeon Point Road/Hwy 1, Pescadero, CA 94060; (650) 879-0633
Email: info@pigeonpointhostel.org
Facility: Located 50 miles south of San Francisco, this hostel provides accommodations in the restored lighthouse keeper's quarters. Guests can opt for shared or private rooms.
Info: www.norcalhostels.org/pigeon/
Rates: www.norcalhostels.org/pigeon/rates/

     California - Vacation Rentals
Point Arena Lighthouse
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: 135 miles north of San Francisco
Contact: Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc, P.O. Box 11, Point Arena, CA 95468;
(707) 882-2777 or (877) 725-4448
Email: palight@mcn.org
Facility: One mile north of the city of Point Arena, CA and 135 miles north of San Francisco. Six rentals are available ranging in price for $125 - $225 per night. Accommodations sleep two up to units that are fully equipped cottages that accommodate six and are pet friendly. Discounts offered for United States Lighthouse Society members.
Info: www.pointarenalighthouse.com/lodging.html
Availability: www.webervations.com/magic-scripts/resbook.asp?memberid=PointArenaLighthouse
Rates: www.pointarenalighthouse.com/rates.html

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse (Lighthouse Inn)
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: 3 miles north of Mendocino
Contact: Mendocino Coast Reservations; 707-937-5033 or 800-262-7801, MendocinoVacations.com
Facility: Just north of Mendocino, California, the Inn is housed in the restored, turn of the century, Head Lightkeepers House overlooking the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and Light Station. Inn is sur-rounded by a 300-acre Nature Preserve with views of the coastal bluffs, headlands, wildlife, and the Pacific Ocean. 4 bedrooms with queen beds. Max Occupancy 8. Two additional 1 bedroom, 1 bath cottages are also available.
Info: www.pointcabrillo.org

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Florida

     Florida - Vacation Rentals
Katie's Light (Thomas Point Replica)
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: Fernandina Beach
Contact: 614 N Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, (800) 772-3359
Email: info@ameliaislandvacation.com
Facility: Located on Amelia Island, Florida this is a replica of Thomas Point Shoals lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay. 3 bedroom, 1 ˝ bath - Sleeps 8. Kitchen, dining room and entertainment area. Open year round.
Info: www.ameliaislandvacation.com/Houses/KatiesLight
Rates: www.ameliaislandvacation.com/Houses/KatiesLight/#rates

New Canal Replica
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: Santa Rosa Beach area near Grayton Beach State Park, 20 miles east of Destin. 529 Old Beach Road
Contact: http://www.oldfloridabeach.com/contact
Facility: House is a replica of the New Canal 1892 Lake Pontchartrain Lighthouse, featuring spectacular gulf views from the lamp room on forth floor level. Each bedroom has private bath and powder room. Two separate living rooms with a large kitchen and a 1950's style dining area that comfortably seats 14; Sleeps 14; 3 king, queen, 2 twin, 2 sofa sleeper.
Info: www.oldfloridabeach.com/rentals

     Florida - Volunteer Host
Garden Key (Fort Jefferson) Lighthouse & Dry Tortugas (Loggerhead Key) Lighthouse (Dry Tortugas National Park)
Type: Volunteer Host
Location: Approximately 65 miles west of Key West in Dry Tortugas National Park.
Contact: Dry Tortugas National Park, P.O. Box 6208, Key West, FL 33041, 305-242-7700
Email: Email via the link on the following page: www.nps.gov/drto/supportyourpark/volunteer.htm
Facilities/Duties at Garden Key: The hosts are responsible for the daily operation of the primitive park campground, composting toilets and public changing rooms. Hosts typically work a minimum of 40 hours per week greeting campers, interacting with visitors, operating the park bookstore and assisting park staff with a wide variety of activities such as maintenance, beach cleanup, clerical work or resource monitoring. Lodging is available for two people sharing a very small 150-square-foot quarters unit with bunk beds. The unit is equipped with basic cookware and a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, countertop convection oven, electric skillet and gas grill. There is no stove. Most volunteer duties at Garden Key must be performed daily, so volunteers do not have scheduled days off each week.
Facilities/Duties at Loggerhead Key: Veterans of the Garden Key Host program sometimes move on to serve as keepers of Loggerhead Key. These volunteers live at Loggerhead for a four week period and perform all aspects of daily operation including maintaining a photo voltaic hybrid power system and water systems. Volunteers maintain and improve facilities on the island, collect refuse from the beaches, and notify park staff of any Cuban refugee landings. Volunteers on Loggerhead Key are expected to provide a minimum of 32 hours per week of service.
Info: www.nps.gov/drto/supportyourpark/current-volunteer-opportunities.htm

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Maine

     Maine - Vacation Rentals
Goose Rocks Lighthouse
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: Between Vinalhaven and North Haven Islands in Penobscot Bay
Contact: Maine Office, 179 Main Street, North Haven, ME 04853; (207) 867-4747
Email: info@beaconpreservation.org
Facility: Caisson style lighthouse located offshore near the eastern entrance to the Fox Islands Thorofare, which passes between Vinalhaven and North Haven Islands (nearest town is North Haven). It can accommodate up to 8 guests or be used for longer visits. Minimum donations have been established to provide a full range of amenities to supporter-guests and maximize Beacon Preservation's ability to restore and maintain the lighthouse.
Info & Rates: www.beaconpreservation.org/content/publish/gr_stay.shtml
Availability calendar: http://beaconpreservation.org/calendar/

Little River Lighthouse
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: On Little River Island near Cutler
Contact: Friends of Little River Lighthouse, P.O. Box 671, East Machias, ME 04630; (207) 259-3833
Email: LittleRiverLight@LighthouseFoundation.org
Facility: On Little River Island at the mouth of Cutler Harbor near East Machias, Maine. Three guest bedrooms, two with double beds and one with two twin beds. Two shared full baths. Transportation to island is provided. Open July through September.
Info & Rates: www.littleriverlight.org/Overnight.html

Pemiquid Point Lighthouse
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: 38 miles southwest of Rockland near Yellow Head
Contact: Newcastle Square Vacation Rentals, 277 Main Street - Suite 3, Damariscotta, ME 04543; (207) 563-6500
Email: nsvr@mainecoastcottages.com
Facility: Weekly rental is a one-bedroom, one bath apartment on the second floor of the keeper's house at Pemiquid Point Lighthouse, near Bristol, Maine. Maximum occupancy is 4 (two twin beds and a double sleep sofa).
Info & Rates: www.mainecoastcottages.com/cottageSnapShot.aspx?propNum=105

Robinson Point Lighthouse Station (Isle Au Haut)
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: On Isle Au Haut south of Stonington
Contact: Keeper's House Inn and Cottage Rental, Robinson Point Lighthouse Station
PO Box 26 - Isle au Haut, Maine (ME) 04645; (207) 460-0257
Facility: Weekly rental mid May to mid October - 2 weekly rentals. (1) The Lighthouse Woodshed: two bedrooms, bath, kitchenette with dining nook, large living room. (2) The Keeper's House: Three bedrooms, two baths, lightkeeper's house on the National Register of Historic Places, includes dock and mooring.
Info & Rates: www.keepershouse.com
Availability Calendar: www.keepershouse.com/availability-redirect.htm
***As of the fall of 2010, this property was for sale - Check the website before contacting***

Whitehead Light Station
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: On Whitehead Island, 10 miles south of Rockland
Contact: PO Box 242, Brunswick, ME 04011; (207) 594-2402 Winter: (207) 729-7714
Email: info@whiteheadlightstation.org
Facility: Located on Whitehead Island in Penobscot Bay, near the town of St. George. The entire facility, comprised of the 7 bedroom Lightkeeper's house on 11.1 acres, is offered for rent by the week during parts of June, July, August, September and October. Three of the bedrooms have one double bed, two have two twins, and two have two doubles. All bedrooms have their own bathroom.
Info: www.whiteheadlightstation.org
Availability Calendar & Rates: www.whiteheadlightstation.org/rentals.html

     Maine - Volunteer Host

Seguin Island Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host
Location: On Seguin Island, 2 ˝ miles south of Popham Beach
Contact: Friends of Seguin Island, 72 Front Street, Suite 3, Bath, Maine 04530; (207) 443-4808
Facility: Summer caretaker position lasting from Memorial Day until Labor Day with lodging in the keeper's quarters.
Duties: Duties include greeting visitors, providing tours of the Lighthouse and Museum and maintaining the grounds and buildings. Keepers should be in good health, have First Aid training and be all-round handy persons. Prospective caretakers should be aware that during foggy weather, the signal blows continuously (twice every 30 seconds).
Info: http://seguinisland.org/Join%20Us/spend_the_night.html
For more information, please email: keeper@seguinisland.org

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Maryland

     Maryland - Bed & Breakfast
Sharps Point Lighthouse
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Contact: 1423 Sharps Point Rd, Annapolis, MD 21409; 410-757-0248
Facility: This is a modern replica of a circa-1875 screwpile cottage-type lighthouse. It has a working light recognized as a private aid to navigation. Three queen-bed rooms with in-room full private baths.
Info: http://travelassist.com/reg/md101s.html

     Maryland - Vacation Rental
Cove Point Lighthouse
Type: Vacation Rental
Contact: 3500 Lighthouse Boulevard, Lusby, MD. 9 miles north of Solomons and an hour south of Washington, DC and Baltimore; 410-474-5370
Facility: 2 ˝ story keeper's duplex. Two rental units, each with 3 bedrooms, 2 ˝ baths, washer and dryer, Wi-Fi, updated kitchens and central heat and air. Available for 3, 4, or 7 day periods. Rent one or both sides of duplex.
Info:www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/exhibits/cove-point-lighthouse.php#Rent

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Massachusetts

     Massachusetts - Bed & Breakfast
Bass River (West Dennis) Lighthouse
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Contact: One Lighthouse Inn Road - Box 128, West Dennis, MA 02670; Phone (508) 398-5658
Email: inquire@lighthouseinn.com
Facility: The Lighthouse Inn reactivated its lens in 1989 and is now known as the West Dennis Light. The Inn features sixty-one rooms and cottages (with working fireplaces) spread across nine oceanfront acres. Seasonal, open May through October.
Info: www.lighthouseinn.com
Rates: www.lighthouseinn.com/cape-cod-vacation-rentals-hotels-beachfront-lodging-rates.asp

     Massachusetts - Vacation Rentals
Plymouth Lighthouse (Gurnet Light)
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: On the Gurnet Peninsula, 8 miles south of Duxbury
Email: dolly.bicknell@comcast.net
Facility: On Gurnet Point in Plymouth Bay. Nearest cities: Plymouth and Duxbury, MA. Renovated (2007) keeper's house has 4 bedrooms, 2 full bath house that can sleep 14. Two bedrooms have queen size beds and the other two are set up as bunkrooms for kids.
Info & Rates: http://www.buglight.org/keepersquarters.htm

Race Point Light Station
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: Near Provincetown
Contact: Race Point Lighthouse, P.O. Box 570, North Truro, MA 02652; (508) 487-9930
Email: racepointlighthouse@comcast.net
Facility: Located at the northern tip of Cape Cod, near Provincetown. Two accommodations are available: (1) Whistle House - Remodeled in 2007, the Whistle house has one bath and two bedrooms, each with one full size bed and a bunk bed (sleeps 8). Available for stays of 2-7 days. You will need your own four-wheel drive vehicle. Weekly over sand permits are available from the National Park Service. (2) Keeper's House - Rent one, two or all three upstairs bedrooms (sleeps about 11), which also has a complete kitchen. A Race Point representative resides in the bedroom located on the first floor and maintains responsibility for all activities at Race Point. The half-bath on the first floor and the full-bath on the second floor are shared. Transportation is provided to and from the Keeper's House.
Info: http://racepointlighthouse.org/keepers.html or http://racepointlighthouse.org/whistle.html

     Massachusetts - Volunteer Host

Cape Ann Light Station
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: On Thacher Island near Rockport
Contact: 617-335-1799. Send resumes and rationales for interest to: 155 South St., Rockport, MA 01966
Email: sydneywedmore@comcast.net
Facility: Lodging is in one of the keeper's houses
Duties: Duties include welcoming guests to the island, offering tours and performing basic maintenance. Skills in carpentry, mechanical aptitude and landscaping are preferred. Keepers must be able to operate a boat and tractor equipment as well as possess a basic knowledge of CPR.
Info: For information about the Thacher Island Association http://www.thacherisland.org/

Bakers Island Light Station
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Property: Bakers Island Light Station, 10 acres on Bakers Island in Salem Sound, MA. The station includes the Bakers Island Light, the Keeper's House, the Assistant Keeper's House, Lantern House, Fog Horn Building and Oil House. http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/bakers-island.html
Job summary: Volunteer keepers for 12-14 week summer season from June - September (couple preferred). Require 35-40 hours per week of maintenance, repair, painting, mowing and brush clearing. The house is not suitable for children under 6 because there is lead paint.
Location: Bakers Island in Salem Sound is approximately 16 miles north of Boston, MA. The island is 3 miles from the City of Salem and 1 mile from Manchester-by-the-Sea. Adjacent to the light station property, there is summer colony with 55 homes. The summer residents are protective of their privacy, and the island is currently not open to the public.
Lodging: The volunteer light house keepers will be given the full use of the Main Keeper's House - a rustic 3 bedroom Victorian house operating 'off the grid' with solar power. There is limited electricity but it is sufficient to run a small refrigerator, LED lights and it will charge cell phones and computers. There is no WiFi. Well water is available in kitchen and in the cold water shower. All drinking water must be brought to the island. There is one slow flushing toilet and a septic system. House is lightly furnished but with enough chairs and beds for 4 people.
Duties: The work includes basic landscaping, maintenance and repairs. Exterior and interior work is needed on the Keeper's House. The Assistant Keeper's House needs considerable interior work. The pathways and area around the houses and lighthouse must be regularly mowed and the brush trimmed. Skills in carpentry, painting and basic landscaping are required. Skills in plumbing, masonry, electricity, plaster and a good aptitude for mechanical systems are highly desirable. During the summer Essex Heritage volunteers will be available to assist the Volunteer Keepers - although primarily just on weekends.
Access: To transit the 1-3 miles between the mainland and the island, there is a 16' Whaler with 50hp outboard motor. To reach the island, the Whaler is moored and all goods and passengers must transfer to small dinghy and row ashore to land on the stone beach. Volunteer keepers must have boat handling experience, must be comfortable navigating on the open water, and must be agile enough to handle landing on the beach and hauling the dinghy above high tide.
Background: Essex Heritage manages the Bakers Island Light Station. Essex Heritage is a regional non-profit whose mission is to preserve and promote the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County, a congressionally designated National Heritage Area. For information about Essex Heritage go to www.essexheritage.org
Contact: call 978-740-0444. Send or email resumes and reasons for interest to: Essex Heritage, ATTN: Annie Harris, 221 Essex Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Email: emilyl@essexheritage.org

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Michigan

     Michigan - Bed & Breakfast
Big Bay Point Lighthouse
Type: Bed and Breakfast
Location: On Lake Superior 4 miles east of Big Bay and 30 miles north of Marquette
Contact: #3 Lighthouse Road, Big Bay, Michigan 49808; (906) 345-9957
Email: keepers@BigBayLighthouse.com
Facility: Located on Lake Superior thirty miles north of Marquette and four miles east of Big Bay. The 14-room inn has seven guest rooms with private baths, a common living room, and library, as well as a sauna. Open year-round
Info: www.bigbaylighthouse.com
Rates: www.bigbaylighthouse.com/home3.html

Jacobsville Lighthouse
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Location: On Lake Superior near Jacobsville, just north of the mouth of the Portage River
Contact: 38741 Jacobs Street , Lake Linden, Michigan, 49945; (906) 523-4137
Email: mditty23@netzero.com
Facility: Located on Keweenaw Bay off the east side of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Five guest rooms that can be occupied by up to 2 people in most rooms. 4 rooms with a queen size bed (H-Cap Rm with 2-single beds). One room with a separate private sitting room and one small single room with a single bed for an extra person. Open year-round.
Info & Rates: www.jacobsvillelighthouse.com

Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Location: On Lake Superior 8 miles north of Ahmeek, 25 miles northeast of Houghton
Contact: Five Mile Point Road, P.O. Box 298, Ahmeek, MI 49901 (906) 337-1744
Facility: Eight rooms each with a king or queen-sized bed and private bathroom. Two rooms have whirlpool bathtubs and a balcony overlooking Lake Superior. Open year-round.
Info: www.sandhillslighthouseinn.com

Whitefish Point Cost Guard Station
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Location: On Lake Superior 11 miles north of Paradise
Contact: Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum - Whitefish Point, 18335 N. Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI 49768; (888) 492-3747
Facility: Located adjacent to the Whitefish Point Lighthouse about an hour from Sault Saint Marie. The restored 1923 Coast Guard Lifeboat Station Crews Quarters offers five themed rooms with queen size beds and private baths. Open all year.
Info & Rates: www.shipwreckmuseum.com/crewsquarters
On-Line Reservations: http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/online-reservations-12/

     Michigan - Vacation Rentals
Middle Island Lighthouse
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: In Lake Huron on Middle Island, 2.5 miles offshore, 10 miles north of Alpena
Contact: Middle Island Bed and Breakfast, 5671 Rockport Road - Middle Island, Alpena, MI 49707; (989) 884-2722
Facility: Middle Island is located 2 ˝ miles offshore and about 10 miles north of Alpena, Michigan. There are seven buildings on the island, including the light tower. The former Foghorn building can be rented on a daily or weekly basis and accommodates up to eight people. Includes transportation to and from the island. Open May-September.
Info: www.middleislandkeeperslodge.com
Rates: www.middleislandkeeperslodge.com/2010Rates.html

Pointe Bestsie Coast Guard Life Saving Station
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: On Lake Michigan 5 miles north of Frankfort, near the southern end of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Contact: Northern Rental Management, 584 Beulah Highway, Beulah Michigan, 49617; (888)326-2352
Email: info@northernrental.net
Facility: Historic coast guard station and guest cottage. Both are located next to the Point Betsie Lighthouse with private Lake Michigan frontage. The Coast Guard station home has 6 bedrooms, 3 ˝ baths and a full kitchen. Sleeps 14 with 1 queen, 2 doubles, 2 twins, and 3 sets of bunk beds. The guest cottage has 1 bedroom, 1 bath and a full kitchen. Sleeps 4 with 1 queen bed and sleeper sofa.
Info: http://www.pointbetsie.org/keepers_apt_rental.html

     Michigan - Lighthouse Keeper for a Fee
DeTour Reef Lighthouse
Type: Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Location: Off shore in Lake Huron, approximately 1 mile south of DeTour Village, Michigan. Transportation to and from the Lighthouse by USCG licensed boat captain included in fee.
Contact: DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society, P.O. Box 307 - Drummond Island, MI 49726; (906) 493-6609
Email: keepers@drlps.com
Facility: Keepers reside at the fully restored off-shore lighthouse Friday through late Sunday (3 days/2 nights) - Mid June through August. Accommodates up to 6 individuals - singles and couples may apply. Longer and mid-week programs will be considered.
Duties: Include cleaning and light maintenance tasks, assisting with tours and keeping a log. Must be in good physical condition and able to climb vertical 20-foot pier ladders.
Rates: $220 for non-members or $200 for DRLPS members per person for 3 day program.
Info: http://www.drlps.com/visit/KeeperProgram.aspx

Grand Traverse Lighthouse
Type: Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Location: On Lake Michigan in Leelanau State Park, 8 miles north of Northport
Contact: Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, PO Box 43, 15500 N. Lighthouse Pt. Road, Northport, MI 49670; (231) 386-7195
Email: gtlthse@triton.net
Facility: Former assistant's quarters with a fully-equipped modern kitchen, living room, two bedrooms each with two twin beds, and a bath and a half accommodating up to four adults at a time.
Duties: Duties include greeting visitors, providing historical information about the lighthouse, helping in the gift shop and other miscellaneous duties. Season runs April to December.
Rates: $390 for members or $440 for non-members per person for two weeks, or $195 for members or $220 for non-members per person for one week.
Info: http://www.grandtraverselighthouse.com/keeper-program/
Availability Calendar: www.grandtraverselighthouse.com/calendar/

Mission Point Lighthouse
Type: Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Location: At the end of Old Mission Point, 17 miles north of Traverse City, Michigan
Contact: 231-223-7324 or 231-645-0759
Email: info@missionpointlighthouse.com
Facility: The Keepers’ Quarters has one bedroom (2 single beds) and a well equipped kitchen. Keepers provide their own linens and food. Maximum occupancy is 2 adults. Children and pets are not allowed. One parking space is available directly behind the lighthouse.
Duties: Climb the 37 steps to the tower to clean the windows, sweep & vacuum. Perform routine ground maintenance, light housekeeping and some maintenance projects (painting, repairs, etc.). Maintain visitation records and help with gift shop duties.m
Rates: $200/couple per week
More Information: http://www.missionpointlighthouse.com/documents/KeeperappandHandbook.pdf

St. Helena Island Lighthouse
Type: Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Location: On Saint Helena Island in Lake Michigan, 7 miles west of the northern end of the Mackinac Bridge
Contact: GLLKA, P.O. Box 219, Mackinaw City, MI 49701; (231) 436-5580
Email: info@gllka.com
Facility: Housing opportunities are varied and are dependent on the groups scheduled on the island. Volunteer keeper openings are available from mid-June through mid-August, with tours of duty ranging from a minimum of 5 days through the entire two month period, based on the volunteer's availability.
Duties: Volunteers will be transported by boat from Mackinaw City to St. Helena Island and will spend their entire tour of duty on the island before being returned to Mackinaw City. Duties can include painting, sanding, cooking, washing dishes, dusting, hand-pumping and carrying water, serving as a tour guide, and clearing brush and weeds.
Fees: $100 to cover cost of transportation (www.gllka.com), $20/day for food and incidentals. Must be a member of GLLKA. For membership information visit (www.gllka.com)
Info: www.gllka.com/preservation/lights/sthelena/volunteer/st_helena_volunteer.htm

Tawas Point Lighthouse (Tawas Point State Park, East Tawas, Michigan)
Type: Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Location: On Lake Huron in Tawas Point State Park near East Tawas
Contact: Tawas Point Keeper Program, 686 Tawas Beach Road, East Tawas, MI 48730; (989) 362-5658
Facility: Keepers stay in the keeper's quarters on the second floor of the lighthouse residence. Maximum occupancy is four people at any one time
Duties: One or two weeks stays. Duties include greeting guests, providing information about the history of the lighthouse, helping in the gift shop, taking care of the various artifacts located in the lighthouse museum and light maintenance (e.g. sweeping sidewalks, picking up trash, etc.). Keepers must be at least 18 years old and may work up to 8 hours a day.
Fees: $225 per person per week Memorial Day through Labor Day
Info: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-54463_18595_18614-195075--,00.html

     Michigan - Volunteer Host Keeper
Au Sable Point Light Station
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: On Lake Superior, 13 miles east of Grand Maris in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Contact: Pam Baker, Volunteer Coordinator - (906) 387-3700; or Gregg Bruff, Heritage Education Program Manager - (906) 387-2607 x 208
Email: Pamela_Baker@nps.gov or Gregg_Bruff@nps.org
Facility: Volunteers live on the second floor of the keeper's house which includes a kitchen, indoor bathroom, small living room, and one bedroom. Two to four week tours of duty available June through September.
Duties: Operate the contact station consisting of a small bookstore and museum. In addition to light maintenance, hosts assist a ranger with interpretive tours of the lighthouse.
Info: http://www.nps.gov/piro/historyculture/ausablelightstation.htm
(Click on Volunteer Opportunity)
Application: Submit volunteer application at www.nps.gov/volunteer

Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington North Pier Light & Little Sable Point Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: All three lighthouses are on Lake Michigan: Big Sable Point in Ludington State Park, 8 miles north of Ludington; Ludington North Breakwater in Ludington; Little Sable Point in Silver Lake State Park, 32 miles south of Ludington.
Contact: PO Box 673, Ludington, MI 49431; (231) 845-7343
Email: bsplka@t-one.net
Facility: Housing is provided for all volunteer lighthouse keepers, onsite at Big Sable and nearby for both Little Sable and the Ludington North Breakwater Light. There is a $25/single and $40/couple or family administrative fee and you must be a member of Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association (www.splka.org).
Duties: Duties include cleaning, tower tours, historical interpretation, and operation of a gift shop. Applicants should make every effort to visit our lighthouses before applying to be a keeper. 4-7 volunteers are scheduled for each tour of duty. Two week tours at Big Sable; One week tours at Little Sable and Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouses.
Info: http://www.splka.org/_mgxroot/page_10782.html

Cheboygan River Front Range Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: On Lake Huron in Cheboygan.
Contact: Great Lake Lighthouse Keepers Association; (231) 436-5580
Email: info@gllka.com
Facility: Two volunteers (a couple or good friends) share a bedroom at the lighthouse.
Duties: Lead tours of the tower, clean the lantern daily and staff the gift shop. Volunteers also give tours of the Cheboygan Crib Light. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There is no fee but you must be a member of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (www.gllka.com).
Info: http://www.gllka.com/preservation/lights/crfrl/volunteer/crfrl_volunteer.htm

Crisp Point Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: On Lake Superior, 14 miles west of Whitefish Point.
Contact: Rick Brockway at (517) 230-6294 (cell) or at (517) 546-5283 (home)
Email: cplhs@sbcglobal.net
Facility: Volunteers stay in motels or tent/RV camp south of the lighthouse for one to eight days at a time in the summer. One keeper family at a time. Must be a member of the Crisp Point Light Historical Society (www.crisppointlighthouse.org).
Duties: Greet visitors, answer questions and let them climb the tower. Other duties include selling merchandise, cleaning up around the lighthouse and boardwalk and cleaning/restocking restrooms.
Info: www.crisppointlighthouse.org/volunteerkeepers.html
Availability Calendar: www.localendar.com/public/crisppointlighthouse.

Forty Mile Point Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: On Lake Huron, 6 miles north of Rogers City.
Contact: 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society, P.O. Box 205, Rogers City, MI 49779; (989) 785-2468
Email: abyrnes@i2k.net
Facility: You must supply your own RV. There are four (4) fully equipped RV parking spaces located just south of the open pavilion and there is a $25 non-refundable application fee per application.
Duties: Greet visitors and provide them with historical information about the light station, work in the gift shop, light house museum and pilot house and keep the buildings neat and clean.
Info: http://www.40milepointlighthouse.org/assist.html

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Minnesota

     Minnesota - Bed & Breakfast
Two Harbors Lighthouse
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Location: In Two Harbors, 20 miles north of Duluth overlooking the harbor on Lake Superior.
Contact: Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, 1 Lighthouse Point, P.O. Box 128, Two Harbors, MN 55616; (218) 834-4814 or 1-888-832-5606
Email: lakehist@lakenet.com
Facility: Four rooms, each accommodating 2-3 people. Open year round.
Info: www.lighthousebb.org

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New York

     New York - Bed & Breakfast
Braddock Point Lighthouse
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Location: On Lake Ontario, 20 miles north of Rochester.
Contact: (863) 984-4008 or (585) 366-4419
Email: ntown@tampabay.rr.com
Facility: Located 25 miles NW of Rochester. GPS address is 18 Clearview Ave, Hilton, NY 14468. Each room has one bed with a private bath, cable TV and wifi. Breakfast and a lighthouse tour are included in the rate.
Info: www.braddockpointlighthouse.com

Saugerties Lighthouse
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Location: On the Hudson River near Saugerties.
Contact: 168 Lighthouse Drive, Saugerties, NY 12477; (845) 247-0656 - Thu-Mon 8AM-4PM
Facility: It is open Thursday through Sunday nights year-round. There are two second floor bedrooms each with a double-bed. Two cots available to accommodate children. Unless you arrive by personal boat, you will need to carry your belongings along the 1/2 mile trail to the lighthouse.
Info & Rates: www.saugertieslighthouse.com/bed-breakfast/
Availability Calendar: www.saugertieslighthouse.com/bed-breakfast/availability/

     New York - Hostels
Tibbetts Point Lighthouse Hostel
Type: Hostel
Location: 3 miles from the village of Cape Vincent at the point where Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River meet.
Contact: Cape Vincent - Tibbetts Point Lighthouse Hostel, Cape Vincent NY 13618-3174; (315) 654-3450
Email: TibbettsPoint@hiusa.org
Facility: 26 beds with family rooms available. Self catering kitchen. Open May 15 to October 15.
Info: www.hihostels.com/affiliates/hiusa60050.php?country=US&city=a60050&AffiliateID=97060

     New York - Vacation Rental
Selkirk Lighthouse
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: At the mouth of the Salmon River in Selkirk
Contact: Salmon River Lighthouse Marina, 6 Lake Extension Rd, PO Box 228, Pulaski NY, 13142; (315) 298-6688
Facility: Located on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Salmon River in Selkirk. Lighthouse has three bedrooms and can accommodate up to seven people.
Info & Rates: www.salmonriverlighthousemarina.com/lighthouse.html

Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: In Golden Hill State Park on Lake Ontario, 21 miles west of Oswego
Contact: 9691 Lower Lake Rd, Barker, NY 14012.
Facility: The first floor is open for tours while the second floor is the portion that is available for rent. Can accommodate up to six people. Open year round.
Info & Reservations: Reservations can be made through reserveamerica.com website or by calling (800) 456-2267

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North Carolina

     North Carolina - Visitor Center Host Program
Bodie Island Lighthouse & Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Type: Lighthouse and Visitor Services Volunteer Program
Location: Both lighthouses are located in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Contact:
Bodie Island - Patrick Gamman at 252-473-2111 x9620
Hatteras Island (Cape Hatteras Lighthouse) - Jason Ginder at 252-473-2111 x9621
Facility: Volunteers are provided a trailer pad with full hook-ups in exchange for 32 hours/wk of work for a minimum of 6 weeks.
Duties: Depends on location: Greet visitors and answer questions at one of the three park visitor centers; Staff the base of the Bodie Island or enjoy the view from the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse while telling visitors about the natural and cultural significance of site. The schedule and amount of time worked will be negotiated. Training for all duties is provided. Uniforms are provided for volunteers who work with the public.
Current Opportunities: www.nps.gov/caha/supportyourpark/volunteer.htm

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Oregon

     Oregon - Bed & Breakfast
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Type: Bed & Breakfast
Location: 11 miles north of Florence.
Contact: 92072 Hwy. 101 South, Yachats, OR 97498 USA; 866 -547-3696 (Recommend calling between noon and 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time)
Email: keepers@hecetalighthouse.com
Facility: Located 13 miles north of Florence, Oregon, the keeper's house is open year town. Facility has six rooms with queen size beds. Includes a seven course breakfast.
Info: http://www.hecetalighthouse.com/bed-breakfast/
Rates: www.hecetalighthouse.com/bed-breakfast/details

     Oregon - Volunteer Host Keeper
Oregon State Parks (Multiple Lighthouse Locations)
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Contact: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Volunteer Programs, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301; 877-225-9803. Applications should be sent to: Jill Nishball
Email: For general information about volunteering: volunteer.info@state.or.us
Facility: Oregon has a number of opportunities at their state parks for hosts at lighthouses, all of which provide RV sites for volunteers.
Duties: For a list of the potential opportunities along with a description of duties and accommodations go to the Host Directory at: http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/VOL/pages/index.aspx and click on any of the following state parks or lighthouses: Cape Mears, Cape Blanco, Coquille River Lighthouse, Heceta Head Lighthouse State Park, Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, Yaquina Bay Lighthouse State Park.
Current Openings: For a list of the current openings you need to go to the following website: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/VOL/docs/ParkHostOpenings.pdf
Volunteer info for Oregon State Parks: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/VOL/volunteer-getinvolved.shtml

Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: 4 miles north of Newport and 1 mile west of Agate Beach.
Contact: Katherine Fuller, Yaquina Head Volunteer Coordinator, 750 Lighthouse Drive Newport, Oregon 97365; (541) 574-3143
Email: kafuller@blm.gov
Facility: Hosts are provided. The three modern RV sites have complete hookups (50 amp, 35 amp, 110 volt, sewer, access to a satellite dish, shared telephone line), and picnic tables. Each site can accommodate a 45' RV plus a tow vehicle.
Duties: Hosts provide assistance to park interpretive staff with emphasis on interpreting the area's natural and cultural resources, environmental education, visitor safety, and resource protection. Hosts are typically stationed for 4-5 hours shifts at the lighthouse or interpretive center. Ability to repeatedly climb the 114 steps in the lighthouse required. Minimum 25 hours/week. Minimum two month commitment during the first year of hosting; one month for returning hosts.
Info: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/yaquina/files/PD_interpretive_host.pdf

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Rhode Island

     Rhode Island - Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Rose Island Lighthouse
Type: Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Location: In Narragansett Bay near Newport.
Contact: Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation, PO Box 1419, Newport, RI 02840; (401) 847-4242
Email: cornelia@roseisland.org
Facility: Several programs are available for staying in the second floor apartment including a Regular Keeper Vacation Week, Full-Time Keeper Week and Relief (Nightly) Keepers. You can also stay overnight in the 2 museum bedrooms on the first floor. See the website for details.
Duties: Duties are based on the Keeper Program selected.
Info & Rates: www.roseislandlighthouse.org/keeper_options.html
Availability Calendar (Apartment): www.roseislandlighthouse.org/availability11.html
Availability Calendar (Museum bedrooms): www.roseislandlighthouse.org/room_availabilty.htm

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Washington


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     Washington - Vacation Rental
North Head Lighthouse
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: 2 miles north of the Columbia River, 3 miles southwest of Ilwaco.
Contact: P.O. Box 488, Ilwaco, WA 98624, (360) 642-3078 or for reservations 1-888-CAMPOUT
Facility: Located at Cape Disappointment (formerly Fort Canby) State Park Two former lightkeeper's houses, each with 3 bedrooms upstairs (2 queens, one w/twin). Bathroom in each house is off the kitchen. Both houses can accommodate a maximum of six people and three cars. A two-night minimum stay is required from April 1 through September 30, with a three-day minimum on all holidays. One-night stays are possible from October 1 through April 1, Monday through Thursday nights.
Info & Rates: Residence 1 - http://capedisappointment.org/north-head-residence-1/
Info & Rates: Residence 2 - http://capedisappointment.org/north-head-residence-2/

Point No Point Lighthouse
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: On Puget Sound at the tip of the Kitsap Peninsula near Hansville.
Contact: 9005 Point No Point Road NE, Hansville, WA 98340; (415) 362-7255
Email: jeff@uslhs.org
Facility: Located at the tip of the Kitsap Peninsula on Puget Sound near the town of Hansville. Two bedrooms (1 queen, 2 twin beds), sofa sleeper, one bath and a fully furnished kitchen. The other half of duplex is the national office of the U.S. Lighthouse Society. Open year round.
Info & Rates: www.uslhs.org/vacation_rental.php

Point Robinson Lighthouse
Type: Vacation Rental
Location: On Maury Island (Vashon Island) across Puget Sound from Seattle.
Contact: Vashon Park District's headquarters, 17130 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, WA 98070 or
P.O. Box 1608, Vashon, WA 98070; (206) 463-9602
Email: lodging@vashonparkdistrict.org
Facility: Available for weekend and week-long stays in the two renovated keepers' quarters. Quarters A is a three-bedroom, two-bath house. Two rollaway beds are available for use in Quarters A for a maximum of eight overnight guests. Quarters B has two-bedrooms and one-bath. No more than four overnight guests at Quarters B. for up to six adults. Open year round.
Info & Rates: www.vashonparkdistrict.org/section_facilities/facilities_lodging_pg1.htm

     Washington - Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Browns Point Lighthouse
Type: Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Location: On Puget Sound, 11 miles from Tacoma.
Contact: Lighthouse Keeper's Program, Points NE Historical Society, 1000 Town Center, Suite 180, PMB 135, Browns Point, WA 98422; (253) 927-2536
Email: pointsnortheast@comcast.net
Facility: 3-bedroom historic lighthouse keeper's cottage, full kitchen, named "One of Ten Best Lighthouses to Sleep in" by Smartertravel.com
Duties: Conduct tours of the lighthouse grounds and facilities on Saturday afternoons and perform light chores. Tour of duty is Sunday to Sunday. Maximum of six people.
Fee: Weekly summer, $800; winter, $500 or nightly $125 (2 night minimum)
Info & Rates: www.pnehs.dreamhosters.com/lighthouse/?page_id=91
Availability Calendar: www.pnehs.dreamhosters.com/lighthouse/?page_id=1024

New Dungeness Light Station
Type: Lighthouse Keeper for a fee
Location: On the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the end of a 5 mile spit, near Sequim.
Contact: (360) 683-6638
Email: scheduling@newdungenesslighthouse.com
Facility: The Keeper's Quarters has 4 bedrooms, 2 w/Q, 1 w/Q & Dbl and 1 w/2 twin beds. Maximum capacity is 7 people. Two or three couples (or some combination of 4-6 adults and children) serve as Keepers each week. Children must be six (6) years of age or older. Keeper transport day is usually Saturday at low tide, which sometimes occurs in the middle of the night. Tides may require a Friday transfer, especially during winter months.
Must be a member of the NDLSA:
Join at http:// www.newdungenesslighthouse.com/join-lighthouse-association.html
Duties: Keepers perform maintenance duties at the Light Station including watering, mowing and trimming the lawn. They also give tours and provide historical information to the visiting public. The Light Station may not be suitable for the physically challenged. The duty of a Keeper is a physical job and includes giving tours of the light tower (74 steps!)
Info & Rates: www.newdungenesslighthouse.com/lighthouse-keepers.html
Availability Calendar: www.newdungenesslighthouse.com/Documents/Availability.pdf

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Wisconsin

     Wisconsin - Volunteer Host Keeper
Devils Island Lighthouse, Michigan Island Lighthouse & Sand Island Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: All of the lighthouses are located in Lake Superior and a part of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore near Bayfield.
Contact: (715) 779-3397
Application Procedure: Download an application at:
www.nps.gov/apis/supportyourpark/upload/2007VIPapplication.pdf
Application: Email completed application to APIS_Volunteer_Coordinator@nps.gov or
Mail it to: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Attn: VIP Coordinator, 415 Washington Avenue, Bayfield, WI 54814.
Length of tour of duty: Lighthouse volunteers commonly commit to staying at their light station for 3-4 weeks with one trip to the mainland for supplies.
Info: www.nps.gov/apis/supportyourpark/living-at-a-lighthouse.htm
Devils Island Lighthouse: www.nps.gov/apis/historyculture/devils-light.htm
Facilities: The Devils Island brick "Queen Anne" style keeper's house has two bathrooms with flush toilets; potable hot and cold running water; and limited DC electricity.
Duties: The Devils Island keeper can expect to climb up and down the tower stairs many times on a summer weekend. There is one campsite on the island, near the dock on the south end.
Michigan Island Lighthouse: www.nps.gov/apis/historyculture/michigan-lights.htm
Facility: The keeper's quarters is a two-story brick house built in 1929. There is no running, potable water. Volunteers pump water from the lake into a tank that gravity feeds to the kitchen. This water needs to be filtered or boiled. There is an outhouse behind the quarters. There is no electricity.
Duties: The light station has two towers. One is the oldest of the Apostle Islands lighthouses; the other is the tallest. Climbing the towers and the steep dock stairway will provide plenty of exercise. The island is remote and visitation is comparatively light. There is one campsite.
Sand Island Lighthouse: www.nps.gov/apis/historyculture/sand-light.htm
Facility: The brownstone Sand Island lighthouse is not used for housing. Volunteers stay at East Bay in a modern two bedroom cabin with solar powered lights, hot and cold running water, but no toilet. The outhouse is across the lawn from the cabin. Other than ceiling lights, there is no electricity. There are two docks, one adjacent to the cabin and another about two hundred yards away.
Duties: Campground host duties occupy much of the lighthouse volunteers time. There are two group sites and three individual campsites on Sand. The lighthouse is two miles from the quarters and volunteers have to walk the trail which is flat, but can be muddy.

Pottawatomie (Rock Island) Lighthouse
Type: Volunteer Host Keeper
Location: Located on Rock Island off the northern tip of the Door Peninsula.
Contact: Friends of Rock Island, 126 Country Club Drive, Clintonville, WI 54929; (715) 823-6873
Facility: Facility has no electricity or running water. Water is available from an outside pump and there is a propane heater and stove. One week tours of duty for up to 6 adult volunteers (with a total of 10 maximum with children). Transportation to the lighthouse from the dock is provided. Available Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
Duties: Volunteers give tours, operate a small gift shop, and perform minor maintenance duties.
Info: http://www.fori.us


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