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.
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 22 - SEPTEMBER 30 FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM
OCTOBER 1ST - OCTOBER 25 FROM 11 AM TO 4 PM
June 19 :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 26. For further information, call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga 231- 740 -6662
July 10th White River Light Station Concert 7 pm Concert Featuring “Ark Harbor” 60’s Folk guitarists from Old Town Chicago, Jim Novak and Paul Cerny reunite to bring their unique blend of soft rock, blues folk and hauntingly beautiful ballads that will touch you heart.
July 17: 9:30 am Yoga
Yoga at the Light: Join Mitch Colman for Yoga at the White River Light Station. (Rain date will be July 24). For further information, call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga 231- 740 -6662
July 24: White River Light Station Concert 7 pm Concert Featuring: “Ghost of the American Road”
Texas music award winners this duo brings their unique sound and original
compositions back to the Western Michigan area. This is American music
where all styles come together at a distinctly original crossroads. https://ghostsoftheamericanroad.bandcamp.com/release
July 23 White Lake Community Library Family Night
6:30 pm on the grounds of the White River Light Station.
July 25 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 7th: 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 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.
August 19 Story Time at the White River Light Station
11:00 am Presented by the Montague Branch Library.
August 21: 9:30 am Yoga at the Light: Join Mitch Colman for Yoga at the White River Light Station. Rain date will be August 30.
For further information, call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga 231- 740 -6662
August 21: White River Light Station Concert 7 pm Featuring “Chris Kennedy and Eric Michael"
In the acoustic tradition, Eric and Chris perform a diverse repertoire of pop, folk, and country tunes. Whether singing in harmony or playing instrumentally, Eric and Chris are an engaging and dynamic duo."
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 applies.
Admission is only for the tower concerts are free.
White River Light Station's Regular Summer Hours Are:
Monday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
Tower & Museum Tours - Adults: $5, Children 12 & Under: $2