MLC abides by the Volunteer Protection Act, read the full policy here.


Scheduled for Monday, May 2, 5:30- 7 pm at NOAA Station, 1431 Beach Street, Muskegon, MI 49441

Please RSVP if time allows to: muskegonlights@gmail.com or just come that evening to learn more about volunteering and climb the lighthouse!

Call 844-MLIGHTS or email muskegonlights@gmail.com for more information, or follow the event on Muskegon South pierhead Light on Facebook.

More than 108 years of constant use and weathering the elements for the South Pierhead light has left the lighthouse in need of repairs. We plan to kickoff a capital campaign in 2016 to raise the necessary funds for complete restoration.  Volunteers are needed for a crucial portion of this plan- the opening of the lighthouse for tower tours in the 2016 season: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12-4 pm.

You can get involved and learn more at the United Way Volunteer Get Connected website.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light- Open for Tower Tours in 2016


The primary responsibilities of Volunteer Keepers include the following: Volunteers greet visitors to the lighthouse and provide historical information about the lighthouses. Everyone receives complete training in advance, and they may be asked to operate the lighthouse gift shop, accept admissions fees and give tours to the top of the towers. Volunteers may be busy, dependent on the day and the weather. Keepers who are on site during the spring and fall months may also be asked to provide student tours and programs for large numbers of school groups. Volunteers are asked to learn basic historic information about our lighthouses. They must be energetic, friendly and feel comfortable speaking to the public. While it is preferable they can climb the stairs of the tower and handle money in the gift shop, there are various other opportunities that exist to meet everyone’s needs and abilities. Volunteers provide visitors with a fun, informative and educational experience at the Muskegon lighthouses.

Muskegon Lights History:

The 1903 Muskegon South Pierhead Light (MSPL) boasts a reused lantern room from the 1871 lighthouse, honoring unique historic facets of its past. The MSPL is open for regular tours for the second year in 2016. See our TOURS page for hours of operation.

The Muskegon South Breakwater Light (MSBL) was built in 1931. MLC celebrates its 85th anniversary with the first public opening of the light in 2016, as part of the Muskegon Bright Lights Festival.

Mother nature has taken her toll on both lighthouses since they were built, leaving the structures in need of extensive repair. Both lighthouses require complete interior and exterior restoration.

Plans for the Muskegon South Pierhead Light, where tours are given to raise funds and awareness, include some interior modifications for increased safety and accessibility. Plans are underway to broach work on the pier towards a few projects with the Army Corps of Engineers, such as construction of an ADA ramp and installation of a grating to cover the current tripping hazard and trench in the pier.


The Alpena Lighthouse is in need of volunteers for various activities such as fundraising, organizing and giving tours, planning special events, grant writing, publicity, general house keeping and cleaning the lighthouses interiors regularly, etc. Your volunteerism could be a “one-shot” contribution or a regularly scheduled donation of your talents.

We hope to locate dedicated community residents and volunteers to not only help restore these historic treasures, but doing so will create a new community resource for both children and adults. With your help, we will succeed in preserving and maintaining these historic properties for your use.

NOTE: At this time, there is no lodging available of any type at the lighthouses, and volunteers must provide their own lodging and food for Tours of Duty as Volunteer Lighthouse Keepers.

MLC DISCRIMINATION POLICY- The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy prohibits discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. The lighthouse towers are not ADA accessible for example, but other volunteer opportunities exist.

Privacy Act Statement: Collection and use of personal information is for use by Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy only. The data will be used to maintain official records of volunteers and not shared outside of Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this online form below or download the PDF version and mail it in to us and you will be contacted.

http://muskegonlights@gmail.com You may also email directly to muskegonlights@gmail.com and our Executive Director will contact you.

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy (MLC) is an IRS registered 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to promote the preservation of Michigan’s lighthouses and lifesaving station structures and the artifacts associated with them. MLC works to help restore lighthouse and life-saving structures and create appropriate reuses of these properties.