Au Sable Light Station
Located within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, this picturesque lighthouse stands on Au Sable Point on the south shore of Lake Superior, approximately 12 miles west of Grand Marais, Michigan.
Visiting the Au Sable Light Station
Summer Light Station Tours
Au Sable Light Station tours are scheduled Wednesday through Sunday from mid-June through the end of September or through early October (as staffing permits). No tours on Monday and Tuesday. Tours begin at 11 am and run through 4:30 pm (11 am - 12 pm - 1 pm - 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm).
The 30-40 minute park ranger guided tours begin at the lighthouse east porch.
Tour fee is $3 for those 6 and older. Exact amount is required (no change provided). Fees are payable at the start of the tour.
Light station visitors are reminded that the area includes very sandy soils, narrow sidewalks, and steps to access the buildings.
Au Sable Light Station Podcasts - A Virtual Tour
Park Seeks Live-In Volunteers
Each year, the park uses volunteers to live at the light station and staff the museum and contact station and help with tours. A volunteer apartment on the second floor of the head keepers quarters includes a kitchen, indoor bathroom, small living room, and one bedroom. Volunteers work for one month at a time, 40 hours per week: June, July, August, September.
The park announces for volunteers at the end of December/beginning of January for the following summer at volunteer.gov.
Since the light station became part of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in 1968, the park has done a great deal to restore the structures and landscape to their 1909-10 appearance. The work continues to this day.
Park staff are looking for a few good antiques ... lighthouse antiques to be exact. The lakeshore is seeking donations of furniture and other period memorabilia to enhance the historic scene at the assistant keeper's residence - the building attached to the light tower. The targeted period for items is 1910 or a few years prior to that.
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Last updated: January 16, 2018