Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association - 231-845-7417

White River Light Station

SEASON DAYS HOURS
MAY 26 - NOVEMBER 4 TUESDAY - SUNDAY
CLOSED MONDAY
10 AM - 5 PM
Oct 1 - NOVEMBER 4 Diminished Hours 11 AM - 4 PM


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 Francis Marshall.  Francis 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.


EVENTS AT WHITE RIVER LIGHT STATION

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 26 - SEPTEMBER 30 FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM
OCTOBER 1ST - NOVEMBER 4TH FROM 11 AM TO 4 PM

JUNE 23: 9:30 AM
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 30. For further information call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga 231- 740 -6662

JULY 14: 7:00 PM
Wyatt and Shari Knapp: Known for their sparkling vocals, lush harmonies, and tasteful blend that sets them apart, this personable and engaging husband-wife duo has warmed the hearts of audiences throughout Michigan and beyond.  While remaining true to their traditional and Americana roots, their music reaches into genres as rich and diverse as bluesy folk, “high lonesome” bluegrass, and timeless classics of the 1940’s.  Shari’s rhythm guitar provides a pleasing foundation for Wyatt’s finger-style and flat-picking guitar leads, as the two serve up fresh arrangements of obscure covers, time-tested favorites and original tunes for audiences of all ages.
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JULY 21: 9:30 AM
Yoga at the Light: Join Mitch Colman for Yoga at the lights. Rain date will be July 28th.

JULY 25: 2:00 PM
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.

JULY 28: 7:00 PM
Bob Hausler Bio:Bob Hausler Award winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, and entertainer Bob Hausler has entertained thousands of people in his career.  As a session guitarist he has played on hundreds of recordings. As a songwriter his songs have been pitched to or recorded by artists like: Alabama, Jon Anderson, Randy Travis, Laurie Morgan, Laurie Middlebrook, Cheryl K. Warner, and others. He is currently working on his second solo recording project. This will be a follow up to the 2014 release "Family, Friends, and the Good Life. An emotional singer, Bob loves to let the song come from the heart. At home in front of a crowd of thousands or in the intimate setting of a small club, he performs with energy and soul. Known for his high-spirited performance and endless energy, Bob reaches out to his audience in a very personal way. As the founder and former president of the Mid-Michigan Songwriters Guild, he spends a lot of time helping others develop their songwriting skills.
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AUGUST 3: 7:00 PM
Ghost of the American Road:People across America are saying this emerging duo’s performances leave them feeling as if they’ve “just read a great book.”

From a one-bedroom farmhouse in the middle of 180 acres in Texas, Ghosts of the American Road is the latest brainchild from acclaimed songwriter Kevin Higgins and his talented musical partner, Barbara Malteze. Performing coast-to-coast, this duo has logged over 380,000 miles and collected seven Texas Music Awards along the way. Inspired by Higgins’ cinematographic compositions, Ghosts of the American Road create beautiful music. Defying comparisons, one thing’s for certain…no other artists come close to sounding like them. This is “American Music” where all styles come together at a distinctly original musical crossroads.
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AUGUST 18: 9:30 AM
Yoga at the Light:

Join Mitch Coleman as he host Yoga at the light for one last time this summer. Our rain date is Aug.25th   

AUGUST 18: 7:00 PM
Oceania Drive Trio: Oceana Drive Trio (formerly known as Beech Grove Trio) performs acoustic Americana, Roots and Rock music. If you like music with grit and a soulful edge, then Oceana Drive Trio is sure to please. RUTHIE EILERS packs a vocal punch that covers almost every genre with raw authority. She has performed professionally for more than three decades, and plays mandolin for Oceana Drive Trio. FRANK GALANTE is a Brooklyn, New York native, and plays steel, acoustic and classical guitars. Frank has studied guitar with some of the world's best instructors; he also sings lead and harmonies. ANDY HENLEY plays the Double Bass and Electric Bass for Oceana Drive Trio. Andy is a pure bassist with amazing talent as an improv musician. He graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with a degree in Jazz, Bass and Piano. 
Come out for an evening of fresh musical perspective!
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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:
Tuesday-Sunday 10-5, Closed Monday.
Tower & Museum Tours - Adults: $5, Children 12 & Under: $2

 

Shining Light Award

Purpose: To honor and recognize someone who has made an outstading contribution in helping SPLKA to fullfill its mission. This award will be given out at the SPLKA annual meeting each year.
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Contact Us

  • Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association
    P.O. Box 673, Ludington, Michigan, 49431
    231-845-7417,
    splkadirector@gmail.com