Lighthouse Keeper Program
DeTour Village, MI
Tour the DeTour Reef Light, located at the mouth
of the St. Mary's River in Lake Huron.
The Lighthouse was constructed in 1931 using the 1861 original tower, spiral stairs, watch room and lantern from the on-shore DeTour Point Light, which it replaced. Major restoration of the light was completed in 2004. DeTour Reef Light was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March of 2005 and received the Michigan Governor's 2005 Award for Historic Preservation.
Resident weekend lighthouse keepers program offered during the summer. Contact us if you would like to spend a weekend on the DeTour Reef Lighthouse. The lighthouse has been restored and offeres a bedroom with a double bed & 2 bunks, and a kitchen. Keepers take care of cleaning and maintaining the light house, help with the guided tours, keep a log, and prepare their own meals.
Visitors to the area might also like to visit the Maritime Museums in DeTour Village and on Drummond Island.
Tours to DeTour Reef Light include boat transportation to and from the DeTour Harbor Marina, light refreshments on the lighthouse and a guided tour. Each tour is limited to six individuals, assuring personal attention by the tour guides. The tours are approximately two hours long and are limited to 5-6 people per trip. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour all spaces of the lighthouse. The tours are led by trained DRLPS tour guides and the resident DeTour Reef Lighthouse Keepers.
Cruise the Historic St. Mary's River on Fathers Day.
DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society's (DRLPS) annual entertaining and educational cruise up the St. Mary's River is scheduled for Fathers Day, departing for the day trip from DeTour Village in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula and returning by bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
Experience this popular lighthouse benefit cruise that will take you to the offshore DeTour Reef Light, up the historic St. Mary's River that connects Lake Huron to Lake Superior, and through the famous Soo Locks on board a 65-foot double-decker boat. Enjoy the narration of the rich history of the area and take photos of the beautiful scenery, lighthouses, old coal docks, freighters passing by, and the largest waterway traffic system in the world at the Soo Locks.
Boat boarding begins at 9:40 a.m. at the DeTour Village Ferry Dock and returns via chartered bus from Sault Ste Marie at 6:00 p.m. Ticket cost includes a morning light buffet, a fabulous lunch, snacks, tour narration, cash bar, and prizes. A portion of your ticket is tax-deductible as allowed by law. All profits go to the preservation of the DeTour Reef Light which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
For River Cruise tickets, please
contact DeTour Reef Light Preservation Sociey: Phone: 906-493-6609
E-mail DRLPS at DRLPS@lighthouse.net or call 906-493-6609 or 906-493-5648.
Photographs DeTour Light Preservation Society
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