Partners in Preservation: Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society

Three people standing at the base of a tall, white lighthouse.
Rock of Ages, located outside of Washington Harbor, is one of Isle Royale's four historic lighthouses.

David Gerth

My first glimpse of Rock of Ages Lighthouse came from a small boat, navigating slowly through thick fog. The radar and chart plotter agreed…it was right in front of us. It was not until we were 20 yards away that the 10-story beacon revealed itself in the mist.

This inspired the formation of Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society, a volunteer group working to restore the lighthouse and open its doors to the public. I have returned now for 15 summers, bringing volunteers who also have a passion for this place. I may have traveled to Isle Royale in search of solitude, but what I found was community.

David Gerth, Rock Of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society

Isle Royale National Park

Last updated: May 8, 2024