Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association - 231-845-7417
White River Light Station
MAY 27 - OCTOBER 30
TUESDAY - SUNDAY
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.
EVENTS AT WHITE RIVER LIGHT STATION
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.
***IN CASE OF RAIN, EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP OFFICE***
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. Description Nomination