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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Be a Light Keeper or 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.


Upcoming Event

Evening Under the Stars

Enjoy an Evening Under the Stars and Help Preserve a Lighthouse!   The 15th annual Evening Under the Stars benefit event will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 6 PM.  The event is held on the shore of picturesque Potagannissing Bay on the north side of Drummond Island adjacent to the Bayside Restaurant Read More

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Cruising at the Light

Upcoming Event

Father’s Day River Cruise

Circle the DeTour Reef Light and cruise the  St. Mary’s River on June 15, 2014! The DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society is proud to present the 17th annual Father’s Day River Cruise up the St. Mary’s River.  During the tour you’ll get to see the DeTour Reef Lighthouse up close and end the tour locking through the Read More

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Marker wth Light by Dock Borth

What's Happening

DeTour Reef Light Station Historic Marker

A public dedication ceremony for the DeTour Reef Light Station state historical marker commemorating the historic offshore lighthouse was held on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at the marker site located at the MDOT scenic parking area, known as Hot Dog Stands Beach, on M-134 five miles west of DeTour Village and five miles east of 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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