Au Sable Light Station
Located within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, this light 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 the first week of 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 Guided Tours (pdf)
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.
Recent Progress at Au Sable
In 2010, the park celebrated the completion of our nearly 30 year effort to restore the structures and landscape of the Au Sable Light Station to its 1909 appearance. The final projects included whitewashing the light tower, replacing the pressed metal roofs, and restoring auxiliary structures.
In 2005, behind the scenes work was completed to the Au Sable photo-voltaic power generation grid to the control panels. Power is now available in both of the main buildings, and a liquid propane gas system is operational.
Lighthouse Furnishings Donations Sought
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is looking for a few good antiques ... lighthouse antiques to be exact. The lakeshore is seeking donations of furniture and other period memorabilia this winter to refurnish the first floor of the assistant keeper's residence at the Au Sable Light Station. The targeted period of refurnishing is 1910 or a few years prior to that. 1910 is the year the head keeper's quarters were constructed and the former keeper's quarters was divided into duplex apartments.
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Last updated: August 2, 2017