Cheboygan River Front Range Light
Volunteer Program

If you have ever yearned to gain a glimpse of the lighthouse keepers life, while simultaneously assisting with the operation and maintenance of a historic lighthouse, you might consider serving as a volunteer keeper at the Cheboygan River Front Range light for a weekend during the summer season.

Two volunteers (couples or good friends) will share a bedroom at the lighthouse at no charge while providing an enjoyable and hospitable environment for visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Keepers will emphasize safety precautions for the visitors as they proceed up into the tower and regulate the number of people in the tower to two people in the lantern at one time. Daily cleaning of the lantern is necessary as well as sweeping down the tower stairs. An important duty of the Keepers will be to staff the gift shop. You will be trained to maintain a record of sales, collect cash, make credit card sales and make change. In addition, daily cleaning of the gift shop including dusting, vacuuming and sweeping will be necessary.

Since volunteer Keepers will work in pairs, you will be free to swap between gift shop and tour duties as you see fit. Keepers will also be responsible for building and grounds maintenance throughout the day. This may include sweeping down buildings, mowing the lawn, trimming grass, changing light bulbs, etc. There will also be special projects from time to time - ranging from carpentry, light demolition, painting, etc., depending on the individual keeper’s skills and abilities.

Located centrally downtown Cheboygan, the experience of serving as a weekend volunteer keeper at the Cheboygan River Front Range light offers a unique combination of staying in a historic riverfront lighthouse  while enjoying all the amenities of a bustling downtown area.

There is no charge for volunteering at the lighthouse. However, volunteers must be GLLKA members. For additional information contact us by any of the methods shown at the bottom of any page on this website.