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White Shoal Light is located 20 miles (32 km) west of the Mackinac Bridge in Lake Michigan. Coordinates: 45°50′32″N 85°8′7″W.

989-205-0123

White Shoal Light Historical

Preservation Society

4066 Coors Drive

Traverse City, MI 49684

preservewhiteshoal@gmail.com

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So, you want to stay overnight at an abandoned lighthouse in the middle of the Straits of Mackinac...20 miles West of the Mackinac Bridge, 13 miles from the closest boat ramp, and 7 miles from the nearest shore (an uninhabited island)??

ABSOLUTELY!

How Much Does It Cost?

 

Overnights at White Shoal Light are $500 for a 1-night stay (per person)

$900 for a 2-night stay (per person) or

$1,200 for a 3-night stay (per person)

 

Maximum occupancy per night is 4 guests

*An overnight stay will give you approximately 24 hours at the light station

Available 2019 Overnight Dates:

August 23 & 28

 What are Accommodations Like?

 

It is important that our guests realize that White Shoal Light is currently in a semi-abandoned state. If you are expecting a night at the Hilton, this is not for you!  We will have the interior of the structure cleaned up and free of any hazards. Guests will also be provided with private rooms and real beds (twin). There is running water, a real toilet, and hot shower at the light station. Electricity will be available at certain times of the day. There will be a fully-functional kitchen on site as well as a washer and dryer. There is cell reception, but it can be spotty at times.  You will be required to supply your own food for your stay.  We will have backup provisions at the light station.

 

What you are buying is an EXPERIENCE!...the experience of being one of the first to stay overnight in a very remote light station that has never been open to the public before. You are buying the 360-degree sunrises and sunsets. You are buying the chance to be caught out in a storm. You are buying some of the best stargazing opportunities money can buy. You are buying the opportunity to unplug for a couple days and experience true solitude and isolation. And most importantly, you are partnering with us to help save this iconic structure!

 

If any of the above descriptions do not sound appealing, please do not apply to stay.  Below is a photo of a current room setup for a staff member. It gives you some idea of what to expect (note: you will not have to sleep on a cot).

 

There will be twin beds in private rooms for your stay.

Where Does the Journey Begin?

Your adventure will depart from Big Stone Bay (inside Wilderness State Park)...12 miles West of Mackinaw City

Stay tuned as we continue to add additional details to this page

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Q:  Will guests be dropped off and left totally alone at the lighthouse during their stay?

A:  There will be 1-2 staff present at all times at the light station during your stay.  Staff are there strictly to run our vital systems such as water, sewer, electricity, etc.  You as a guest will have full access to the lighthouse for your stay....the staff will not be chaperoning guests around the structure.  Our goal is to give our guests a very private stay while at the lighthouse.  Staff will also handle any emergency situations or questions/needs of our guests.

Q:  For a 1-night stay, how long will we actually be on the light station?

A:  You can plan on roughly a 24-hour stay at the light station for a 1-night stay

Q:  Will there be electricity available at the light station?

A:  Electricity will be available at certain times during the day and most of the night.  It will also be available upon request.

Q:  Will there be work (noise) going on at the light station during our stay?

A:  Other than general maintenance, there will be no work going on during your stay.  As for noise, we do have a nearly silent generator that runs all night for electric needs.  We also have a large diesel generator that will kick on periodically during the day.  The large generator is used to recharge our water system.  You will not be subjected to long periods of noisy running generators.  Our goal is to keep it as peaceful as possible at the light station during guest stays.