CPLHS Keepers Sign Up Procedure
The purpose of this procedure is to establish a fair and equitable means for all CPLHS Members to sign up to be volunteer keepers at the Crisp Point Lighthouse. Additionally, this affords the CPLHS Board of Directors time to perform necessary functions at the lighthouse and to keep the number of recreational units at a defined limit for compliance with State and local regulations.
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General Duties & Information
All keepers are required on a daily basis (more often if needed) to perform certain duties as outlined in the keeper guidelines. Any keepers who fail to maintain the high standards of friendliness, neatness, and cleanliness as expected by the CPLHS Board of Directors may be banned from participating in the keeper program in the future. The keeper program is not intended to be a free carefree vacation. There are daily duties to be performed in order to maintain our high standards. All keepers (including their assistants) must read and understand the keeper's guidelines prior to being keepers. The signed Keepers Acknowledgement form must be returned to the CPLHS Keeper Scheduler prior to your scheduled keeper time.
Potential keepers must be members of CPLHS prior to signing up to be a keeper.
There must be at least two, but not more than six adults as keepers and assistant keepers at any one time.
You do not have to stay at the lighthouse to be a Keeper. There are other local accomodations. Visit https://www.crisppointlighthouse.org/lodging.html for more information.
Drinkable water is not available, so bring your own water and beverages.
Electricity is not available for personal use. A small generator is recommended if you need power.
Phone service (landline) is available at the Visitor Center for emergencies.
There are no refrigerators. The nearest ice available is approximately 24 miles away, at a store near Tahquamenon Falls.
There are no garbage cans or dumpsters available. When your stay is complete, take all trash with you and discard properly. A small wastebasket is in the utility room for your use. Do not remove it from the room.
There is no heat in any of the buildings. Be prepared for inclement weather.
There are flush toilets and hand sanitizer dispensers in the restrooms.
Pets need to be on a leash when on lighthouse property and any waste picked up.
There is a small first aid kit and emergency eye wash available in the Visitor Center. Please contact Cameron or Bill if they need restocking.
If you will be using a camper or trailer, there are two cement pads. One pad must be made available for incoming keepers prior to their arrival. Incoming keepers may arrive the day before their assigned days. Outgoing keepers must vacate keeper areas by 9 AM the day following their assignment.
A fire pit is available for a camp fire. Purchase firewood in the Upper Peninsula, firewood is not allowed across the Mackinac Bridge. It is your responsibility to know if there are any DNR restrictions regarding camp fires. Contact a DNR office or visit their website for more information. Fires are not allowed during restricted times.
A barbecue grill is available for use, bring your own lighter fluid and charcoal. Please clean after using.
Crisp Point does not have a dump station for campers. Dumping wastewater on the ground, whether gray or black, is prohibited. You can use the dump stations at the nearby Tahquamenon Falls State Park Lower Falls Campground or Rivermouth Campground for a small fee (around $10 plus you need a Recreation Passport).
You will be expected to assist visitors to Crisp Point for a minimum of 8 hours per day from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
Open the tower and Visitor Center for guests to access.
Greet visitors, sell and restock Crisp Point related merchandise in the Visitor Center, answer questions, offer general and/or historical information about the lighthouse and the Historical Society.
Pick up any debris and other items found on the grounds and discard properly.
Sweep and clean lighthouse and Visitor Center building as needed.
Sweep, clean, and restock restrooms as needed. Extra supplies are located upstairs in the Visitor Center.
Sweep boardwalk as needed.
Restock merchandise containers as needed with available extra stock. Extra stock is located under the display cases and upstairs in the Visitor Center.
Consider writing an article about your experience as a volunteer keeper for one of our newsletters. If you are interested, please contact our newletter editor. See our CPLHS Contacts and General Info page for contact info at www.crisppointlighthouse.org/contacts.html.
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