Volunteer Keeper Information




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 Keepers at the Crisp Point Lighthouse.


  1. Prospective keepers must be members in good standing of CPLHS when scheduling time to be keepers and at the time you are keepers. Memberships may be processed at the same time as scheduling dates to be keepers. To renew or become a member of CPLHS, visit http://www.crisppointlighthouse.org/member.html. If any person has pleaded guilty to, pleaded no contest to, or has been convicted of any felony charges (except theft), that person shall be prohibited from being a volunteer lighthouse keeper. If any person has pleaded guilty to, pleaded no contest to, or has been convicted of any crime regarding theft, whether the charges are misdemeanor or felony in nature, that person shall be prohibited from being a volunteer keeper, at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  Discretion of the Directors is to be guided by the following, but is not limited to the following: 1. Remoteness of event, 2. References from other volunteer organizations/people, 3. Relationship between crime and being a volunteer keeper, and 4. Perceived level of rehabilitation.
  2. Reservations for the current year may be scheduled by contacting Bill Beasley (CPLHS Keeper Scheduler) at 989-859-1407 or at brownsfan989@gmail.com. Beginning November 1st, reservations for the next year will be on a first come basis. No reservations will be accepted prior to November 1, for the following year. Once a reservation has been assigned, no changes to the keepers or their assistant(s) may be made, without approval of the CPLHS Keeper Scheduler.
  3. Check the online keeper calendar at http://www.localendar.com/public/crisppointlighthouse to check for available dates. If an opening comes up that needs to be filled due to a cancellation, we will post it on our Facebook Group Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/crisppointlighthouse and on the online keeper calendar. If you do not have internet access, call Bill Beasley at 989-859-1407 for available dates.
  4. There must be two adults but but not more than four. All adults must be members of CPLHS and are considered keepers. Keep in mind you are representing CPLHS as volunteer keepers. You are encouraged to bring your children / grandchildren to share the experience with. You may schedule from one to five days. Incoming keepers are allowed to use the upper cement pad (incoming keepers pad) starting the day before their scheduled keeping date. It is strongly recommended that incoming keepers contact the outgoing keepers at the visitor center (906-658-3800) during normal business hours to coordinate arrivals and departures from Crisp Point, especially if campers are involved. Some of the county roads are very narrow! Keepers need to adhere to the posted Quiet Hours at the site.
  5. Call or e-mail Bill Beasley at 989-859-1407 or brownsfan989@gmail.com to schedule your time starting November 1 at 12:00 am. (Email is the preferred method of contact. Only call during normal business hours.). You must call or email because only authorized people can update the online keeper calendar. Your membership status will be verified using the latest membership data file prior to being posted online.
  6. The first initial and last name of all adults will be entered into the online keeper calendar in order to keep track of who is scheduled. No other personal information will be posted online.
For a pdf version of this procedure, click here.

General Duties & Information


You do not have to stay at the lighthouse to be a Keeper.

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.

There is no heat in any of the buildings.

There are flush toilets and hand sanitizer 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 available in the Visitor Center. Please contact Jamie if it needs restocking.

If you will be using a camper or trailer, there is a cement pad for parking near the Visitor Center.

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.


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 Crisp Point related merchandise, 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.

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.

For a more detailed version of the information and duties, click here.



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Last Modified September 5, 2020