Offering an Outstanding Offshore Light Experience

DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society

The DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society (DRLPS) has worked diligently since 1998 to restore and preserve the DeTour Reef Light located one mile offshore in northern Lake Huron at the far eastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula between DeTour Village and Drummond Island.

Built in 1931, the 83-foot tall lighthouse is a strategic and historic landmark that marks a dangerous reef to help guide ship traffic from and to Lake Huron and Lake Superior via the strategic St. Marys River.  The DRLPS completed major restoration of the structure in 2004.  An overnight keeper program and public tours to this unique Light began in 2005.

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Cancelled for 2022 Season

In March Cloverland Electric detected a ground fault on the underwater power cable going out to the DeTour Reef Light.  The power was shut off and now we have a big challenge to determine the best way to locate the problem area and fix or replace the cable.  Due to ice and the slow spring thaw this will be a time consuming process.  We feel it is best to cancel all Tour and Keeper programs for the 2022 season.  

Be a Light Keeper
Tour the Light

In your time on the Light, you will get to see it all, and photograph it all, while walking in the footsteps of the original light keepers. Visiting the DeTour Reef Light is a unique experience and is a testament both to the importance of shipping in the region and the nation’s political, economic and social history. The Light is also valued for its architectural beauty and esthetic value as a landmark of the area.

Sitting on an offshore underwater reef the DeTour Reef Light boasts a working 1956 F2T foghorn, furnishings similar to when the light was a manned station, and a scale model crib demonstrating the underwater base that the DeTour Reef Light rests on. We hope you enjoy your time on the Light as much we will enjoy sharing this this adventure with you.

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Upcoming Event

Evening Under the Stars

Enjoy an Evening Under the Stars Help Preserve a Lighthouse! July 16, 2022, 5:30 PM Drummond Island Yacht Haven BIG DOCK (next to Drummond Island Museum) Every year since its founding in 1998, the DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society has sponsored a benefit dinner to raise funds to help with the preservation of the DeTour Read More

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Upcoming Event

Workshop on the Light

Staying overnight at the DeTour Reef Light as a Weekend Keeper is always an adventure. It is a special time to enjoy the beauty of the St. Marys River, to watch both the freighters and the fishing boats, to share friendship with fellow participants and to explore the lighthouse from the basement to the tower. Read More

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Front L to R Hallie Wilson, Sandy Wytiaz, Angie Leonard,  Dotty Witten; Back Nella Gries and Janelle Dudeck

Get Involved


You Can Help Make a Difference with Your Tax-Deductible Membership! By becoming a member of the DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society, you join the team of concerned individuals and businesses set on restoring this symbol of American History when maritime traffic was the lifeblood of the nation. Please take the time to complete the membership Read More

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