White River Light Station

May 24th, 2019 - September 30th, 2019
Monday - Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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October 1st, 2019 - October 27th, 2019
Diminished Hours
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The White River Light station was built in 1875, just four years after the Great Chicago fire. A channel was dug in 1870 between Lake Michigan and White Lake to facilitate the access of lumber schooners. The ship captains were headed to the sawmills which were located on White Lake, a tributary of the White River and adjacent to the majestic pine forests. Eventually, passengers traveled on steamships from Chicago to enjoy the summer resort activities of the White Lake area.  The beautiful brick building still reverberates with the character and stories of such prominent residents as the first keeper. Captain William Robinson came from England and served 47 years with his wife Sarah and their large family of thirteen children. Many significant keepers followed, including a woman offering years of brave and dedicated service Frances Marshall.  Frances also holds the distinction of serving as the last female lighthouse keeper in Michigan.  The light station was decommissioned in 1960 and opened its doors as a museum in 1970 under the ownership and management of Fruitland Township.  Today, SPLKA, a non-profit that proudly manages four lighthouses along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, operates the White River Lighthouse. You can climb to the top of her tower or wander around the museum and grounds.  Don’t miss viewing the original Fourth Order Fresnel lens on display in the museum.  To get to the museum take US-31 to White Lake Dr exit. Turn right (heading west) on to South Shore Drive. Turn left and continue following Museum Signs to the end of Murray Road.

2019 EVENTS AT W.R.L.S.

Summer days are for unwinding and what better way to enjoy a summer’s  evening than relaxing along the water on the lawn of the White River Light Station.

These family friendly events are free to the public. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy time together watching a movie, or listening to folk inspired music while visiting and exploring the White River Light Station. The museum and tower will be open for the standard admission charge. 

***IN CASE OF RAIN, EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP OFFICE***

WHITE RIVER IS OPEN MAY 24 - SEPTEMBER 30 FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM
OCTOBER 1ST - OCTOBER 27 FROM 11 AM TO 4 PM

June 21 :9:30 am Yoga 
Yoga at the Light: Bring your yoga mats or large towels and water to drink and join SPLKA for Yoga. In case of rain we will have yoga on the lawn on June 28. For further information call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga 231- 740 -6662

June 22: White River Light Station Concert  7pm Concert Featuring Wyatt and Sheri Knapp
 Known for their sparkling vocals, lush harmonies, and tasteful blend that sets them apart, this personable and engaging husband-wife duo are a must see.   7:00 to 8:30 pm     
http://www.wyattandshari.com

July 12th: Story Time on the Lawn of the White River Light Station @ 11:00 am,
Rain location for Story Time will be the White Lake Library

July 12th White River Light Station Concert 7 pm Concert Featuring “Rough and Tumble”
Prolific song writers, performers and born travelers; Pennsylvania-born Mallory Graham and California-born Scott Tyler have lived in their 16’ camper since 2015, making tire tracks nationwide since 2011 as a traveling Folk-Americana duo. Their history goes back as far as New England in the fall of 2007 and as close as going from friends to bandmates to married bandmates. The story is as linear and circular as any. This Americana duo is excited to be part of our lighthouse concert series.
http://www.theroughandtumble.com

July 19: 9:30 am Yoga
Yoga at the Light: Join Mitch Colman for Yoga at the White River Light Station. Rain date will be July 27..

July 19: White River Light Station Concert 7 pm Concert Featuring: “Steel Doin’ It”
In 2002, Steel Doin' It was born from a community education class taught by Glen Miller at Spring Lake High School.  The group of eight is composed of Grand Haven and Spring Lake residents.  Sharon Rathbun, Rebecca Kaufman, and Scott Klempel play lead drums.  Handling the double seconds is Karen Cotton.  Ambre Slater is the woman behind the cello pans, and Diane Veneklasen plays the bass drums.  Setting the beat and playing the "toys" are Kevin Schmucker and Kelly Parker.  Kelly steps in as director and joins in on trumpet occasionally.  Our mission is to have fun while bringing the sounds of the Trinidadian steel pan to West Michigan.
http://www.steeldoinit.com

July 19th: Story Time on the Lawn of the White River Light Station @ 11:00 am.
Rain location for Story Time will be the White Lake Library.

July 26th: Story Time on the Lawn of the White River Light Station @ 11:00 am.
Rain location for Story Time will be the White Lake Library.

July 27 at 2pm Dulcimer Concert Featuring the “Western Michigan Dulcimer Friends”
Come enjoy a Saturday afternoon with a group of acoustic musicians that between them have decades of experience playing folk music, the music of our ancestors handed down thru time. This is the music played in grange halls for square dances. The musicians will be playing dulcimers, guitars and fiddles to mention a few. They play for the love of music. Bring your family, your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon of folk inspired music while visiting and exploring the White River Light Station. The museum and tower will be open for the standard admission charge.

August 9th:  6pm to 8:00 pm:  Music and Beer White River Light Station Featuring “Catfish and the Man”
Come enjoy your favorite Fetch Beer and the music of Catfish and the Man on the grounds of the White River Light Station. This family friendly event is a fund raiser for the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers, caretakers of the lighthouse. Beer and Wine as well as soft drinks and water will be available for purchase. Proceeds will continue to help support the mission to preserve, promote and educate the public and to make our lighthouses accessible.
https://www.facebook.com/catfishandtheman

August 16:   9:30 am    Yoga
Yoga at the Light: Join Mitch Colman for Yoga at the White River Light Station. Rain date will be August 24.

August 16: : White River Light Station Concert 7 pm Featuring “Fremont John"
A distinctive acoustic guitar style with resonate growl of a baritone voice is reason enough to listen to the music of Fremont John.  Whether it’s a remake of a classic or an original selection, the guitar work is sure to please and the stories surrounding the songs are delightfully entertaining.
http://www.fremontjohn.com/

August 21th: Story Time on the Lawn of the White River Light Station @ 11:00 am.
Rain location for Story Time will be the White Lake Library.


The rain location for all of the music events is the Fruitland Township Hall.
Concerts start at 7 pm and go until 8:30pm
Tower is open for climbing during the music events. Standard admission price
Admission is only for the tower concerts are free.
White River Light Station's Regular Hours Are:
Monday  through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
Tower & Museum Tours - Adults: $5, Children 12 & Under: $2 


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