Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association

Dedicated to the restoration and preservation of

Great Lakes lighthouses


GLLKA's 2020 Lighthouse Cruises & Events

Online registration now available!

Northern Lake Huron Lighthouse Cruise

September 7-9, 2020

This one of a kind Lake Huron Lighthouse Tour features 14 lighthouses on Northern Lake Huron. Departure will be at 8:00 AM from Sheplers dock in St. Ignace, Michigan. You will spend approximately 8 hours on the water viewing on and off shore light stations. This excursion features a two-night stay at the Kewadin Casino & Resort in St. Ignace. For more information check out the itinerary under the events tab!

$520 Double

$610 Single

Must be a GLLKA member to participate


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Closed for the 2020 Summer season.

St. Helena Island Light Station
EST. 1873
Cheboygan River Front Range Light
EST. 1880

Live video coming soon!





Originally consisting of an informal gathering of retired lighthouse keepers, their families and friends, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) was officially incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1983, making it one of the nation's longest-lived lighthouse preservation groups.

With a mission statement calling for "the preservation of lighthouses, the stories of those who kept them, and developing a new generation of preservationists", the Association's second President Dick Moehl realized the group needed to find a lighthouse to restore in order to fully bring its mission to reality.

Finding the abandoned 1873 St. Helena Island light station to be in deplorable condition, the group set its sights on adopting and restoring the abandoned relic. In 2004, we received the deed to the Cheboygan River Front Range Light, and fundraising for the restoration of that lighthouse is underway. We also work to support other lighthouse groups throughout the Great Lakes and across the nation.

To find out more about our accomplishments, visit the "GLLKA Chronology" page.




Members of GLLKA receive our quarterly magazine THE BEACON and can be involved in our volunteer programs and lighthouse events.



GLLKA is welcoming volunteers of all trades to work at our lighthouses or help lead lighthouse excursions.


We offer lighthouse cruises on the Great Lakes as well as various workshops and events at our lighthouses.



Our lighthouses undergo restoration work every year and is a continuous process.

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Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Tel:  231-436-5580


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