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Contact:  Tel 231-436-5580    Fax 231-436-5466  Mail  PO Box 219, Mackinaw City, MI 49701  Email  info@gllka.com

With the success of our restoration of the St. Helena Island light station under our belt, we successfully applied for ownership of the 1880 Cheboygan River Front Range lighthouse under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act in 2003, obtaining the deed to the station from then Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton at a major lighthouse conference in Traverse City, Michigan in June 2004. The restoration plan for the lighthouse calls for returning it to its circa 1910 appearance, when Cheboygan was in its heyday, with huge numbers of vessels entering the river to carry lumber from area mills to harbors throughout the Great Lakes.

After upgrading the living quarters, GLLKA volunteer keepers have opened the lighthouse to the public every weekend during the summer seasons, while simultaneously performing restoration and maintenance tasks. In 2005 we obtained a Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program grant to conduct an engineering study of the structure, and recently submitted an application for a grant to undertake the restoration of the tower and lantern, which have suffered a longstanding water infiltration problem. With a second M.L.A.P. grant awarded in 2008, the lantern and gallery were rebuilt in 2009. We are now seeking funding to match for a grant for which we have applied to re-grade around the lighthouse to move water runoff away from the building, install perimeter drains and stabilize the rubble stone foundation, which according to the engineering study is showing significant signs of deterioration.

Once these major stabilization projects have been undertaken, restoration of the lighthouse interior and grounds can begin in earnest. It is estimated that completing the restoration and proper interpretation of the lighthouse and grounds will end up costing us close to $300,000.

Volunteer keepers open the lighthouse to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. We are also happy to open the lighthouse to tour groups at any other time. Please contact the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 for additional information.  

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