Our Mission

The mission of SPLKA is to preserve, promote and educate the public and make our lighthouses accessible to all. 

Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association provides equal employment and volunteer opportunities to all persons, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, height, weight, marital status, national origin, age, or disability.

 

SPLKA HISTORY

Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association, SPLKA, was formed in 1987 by a small group of Local Ludington residents, led by Mr. Dick Smith, dedicated to restoring and persevering Big Sable Point Lighthouse, located in the beautiful Ludington State Park. We have grown considerably from our humble beginnings and now have operating agreements with the State Of Michigan DNR, the City of Ludington and Fruitland Township to manage, restore and maintain: Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse and the White River Light Station.
The responsibilities of restoring and managing four historic lighthouses on the shores of Western Michigan have been demanding, but very rewarding as well. SPLKA has grown from to 725 individual members, many who sign up for the 420 weeklong shifts positions as volunteer lighthouse keepers during the busy tourist season. Our mission is to preserve, promote, educate the public and make our lighthouse accessible to all.

 

SPLKA TIMELINE

Circa 1970 - Last Government Keepers leave and Big Sable Points Light is boarded up.

1970-1987 - Nature and Vandalism take a toll.

1987 - Ludington concerned citizens “rescue” the light.

1987 - Big Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association (BSPLKA) is formed.

1991 - BSPLKA Incorporated as a Non-Profit 501 (c) (3)

2004 - BSPLKA acquires lease for Little Sable Lighthouse.

2006 - BSPLKA acquires lease for the Ludington North Breakwater Light.

2012 - BSPLKA acquires concession agreement for the White River Light Station

2012 - BSPLKA officially changes its name to Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association. (SPLKA)

2018 - SPLKA awarded Governors Award for Historic Preservation of four historic Michigan Lighthouses