Volunteers - Living at a Lighthouse
Although the housing varies from island to island, all quarters at the light stations have: propane space heater, propane cook stove, propane refrigerator, twin beds, kitchen utensils, dishes, brooms, buckets, and an assortment of tables and chairs.
Specific things to keep in mind for each station:
The brick "Queen Anne" style keeper's house is approximately 300 feet from the light tower. Two bathrooms with flush toilets, bathtubs, and showers; potable hot and cold running water; and limited DC electricity make Devils the most “upscale” of the quarters.
There are two alternative boat landings on Devils Island. One is a rock ledge landing about ¼ mile from the quarters. The other is a dock about a mile away. Volunteers may have to carry their gear this distance if the waves are high on the east side.
The keeper’s quarters is a two-story brick house built in 1929. There is no running, potable water. Volunteers pump water from the lake into a tank that gravity feeds to the kitchen. This water needs to be filtered or boiled. There is an outhouse behind the quarters.
There is no electricity. The volunteer must bring battery powered lanterns.
Because of the dock's exposed location, Michigan Island is often inaccessible by boat for one or more days. Volunteers should keep their schedules flexible and always bring extra supplies, because they may be temporarily stranded on the island.
The housing unit on Sand is a modern two bedroom cabin with solar powered lights, hot and cold running water, but no toilet. The outhouse is across the lawn from the cabin. Other than ceiling lights, there is no electricity. There are two docks, one adjacent to the cabin and another about two hundred yards away.
The lighthouse is two miles from the quarters and volunteers have to walk the trail which is flat, but can be muddy.
Did You Know?
Long Island is presently an island in name only. It has been connected to the mainland as part of a peninsula for more than 30 years.