Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association - 231-845-7417

White River Light Station

10 AM - 5 PM

The White River Light station was built in 1875, just four years after the Great Chicago fire. A channel was dug in 1870 between Lake Michigan and White Lake to facilitate the access of lumber schooners. The ship captains were headed to the sawmills which were located on White Lake, a tributary of the White River and adjacent to the majestic pine forests. Eventually, passengers traveled on steamships from Chicago to enjoy the summer resort activities of the White Lake area.  The beautiful brick building still reverberates with the character and stories of such prominent residents as the first keeper. Captain William Robinson came from England and served 47 years with his wife Sarah and their large family of thirteen children. Many significant keepers followed, including a woman offering years of brave and dedicated service Francis Marshall.  Francis also holds the distinction of serving as the last female lighthouse keeper in Michigan.  The light station was decommissioned in 1960 and opened its doors as a museum in 1970 under the ownership and management of Fruitland Township.  Today, SPLKA, a non-profit that proudly manages four lighthouses along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, operates the White River Lighthouse. You can climb to the top of her tower or wander around the museum and grounds.  Don’t miss viewing the original Fourth Order Fresnel lens on display in the museum.  To get to the museum take US-31 to White Lake Dr exit. Turn right (heading west) on to South Shore Drive. Turn left and continue following Museum Signs to the end of Murray Road.


Summer days are for unwinding and what better way to enjoy a summer’s  evening than relaxing along the water on the lawn of the White River Light Station.

Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association is kicking off summer with a Movie Night at the Light on June 6th and outdoor concert series this summer on the lawn on July 25th , Aug 6th , and Aug 12th . New this year, SPKLA will be offering a Yoga class on the lawn on Aug 21st

These family friendly events are free to the public. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy time together watching a movie, or listening to folk inspired music while visiting and exploring the White River Light Station. The museum and tower will be open for the standard admission charge. 


June 6th  Movie night at the Light! Finding Nemo begins at dusk

July 25th We welcome back W.M.I. Dulcimer Friends at 2pm
The musicians will be playing dulcimers, guitars and fiddles to mention a few.
Click Here For More Information on W.M.I Dulcimer Friends

August 6th We welcome Ghosts of the American Road at 7pm 
Originally from Texas, their   story telling through songs has mesmerized their audiences all over the country. 
Click Here For More Information on Ghosts of the American Road

August 12th  We welcome Sweet Wednesday at 7pm
From Boston, Ma., folk artists Dave Falk & Lisa Housman make up this talented duo.
Click Here For More Information on Sweet Wednesday

August 21st  Yoga on the lawn. Brought to you by White River Yoga.
 Bring your yoga mat or large towel and water to drink and join SPLKA for Yoga. Beginning at 9:30am In case of rain- we will have Yoga on the lawn on August 28th.

For further information please call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga at 231-740-6662

White River Light Station's Regular Hours Are:
Tuesday-Sunday 10-5, Closed Monday.
Tower & Museum Tours - Adults: $5, Children 12 & Under: $2


Shining Light Award

Purpose: To honor and recognize someone who has made an outstading contribution in helping SPLKA to fullfill its mission. This award will be given out at the SPLKA annual meeting each year.


Contact Us

  • Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association
    P.O. Box 673, Ludington, Michigan, 49431