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Help us keep the lights open while living the dream inside a lighthouse!


Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA) is a non-profit organization seeking to preserve and promote Big Sable Point, Little Sable Point, Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouses, and White River Light Station.  Clean and comfortable accommodations are offered in Ludington State Park and Silver Lake State Park grounds, where you can enjoy the sand dunes and evergreen forests on your way to work at Lake Michigan among friends.  One week and two week tours are available, May-October. 

How long are the Keeper Tours at each light?

White River Light Station: Daykeeping only 

Big Sable Point Lighthouse: 2 Week Tour 

Little Sable Point Lighthouse: 1 Week Tour 

Ludington North Breakwater: 1 Week Tour 

What are the Keeper’s Duties?

Our volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. There are no pets allowed. Duties include cleaning, tower tours, historical interpretation, welcoming guests, taking admissions, gift shop/cash register, light maintenance duties, stocking, and grounds work. If you live locally and can’t commit to one or two weeks- you can still be involved. We encourage those of you living locally to join our day keeping programs to help with keeping the lights open!

When can we sign up to Volunteer?

Our volunteer opportunities are available on a first come first serve basis with the discretion of the operations manager. Each year in October there will be a notification emailed out to the membership with a date we will begin accepting applications for the following year. Once the registration date opens you are able to submit applications and they will be date stamped once received by SPLKA.

Note: You can electronically fill and submit your application by clicking the buttons below.

Steps to volunteer:

  1. Become a Member of SPLKA, visit the membership page on the website for more information.
  2. Fill out an application for either day keeping or resident keeping (or both!).
  3. Pay the application fee, you can do this online at the bottom of this page. 

Note: All of the above steps must be completed for your application to be processed. 

To download and print click button below.
2023 Resident Keeper Application

To download and print click button below.
2023 Day Keeper Application

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