White Shoal Light Historical Preservation Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to fully restore White Shoal Light to a mid-1950s vintage and make her accessible to the public for day tours beginning in summer 2020 and overnight stays by 2022. White Shoal was obtained at an online General Services Administration auction in September 2016. The winning bid of $110,009.00 was placed by co-owners Brent Tompkins of Traverse City, Michigan and Mike Lynch of Weidman, Michigan. Both are licensed contractors and plan to use their skills and training in abatement and historical restoration at White Shoal Light.


  • the only red-and-white barber-pole lighthouse in the United States, and the only candy-striped station on the Great Lakes.

  • located 20 miles due west of the Mackinac Bridge and can be seen from the bridge's center span on a clear day.

  • visible along various points of U.S. Highway 2 in the Upper Peninsula. Best viewing is along the 5-mile stretch of Brevort beach.