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 Help Preserve a Lighthouse! Friday July 8, 2016 The event is held on the shore of picturesque Potagannissing Bay on the north side of Drummond Island adjacent to the Bayside Restaurant at the Drumond Island Resort and Conference Center. The full program includes cocktails, fabulous hors d’oeuvres, delicious dinner, Read More

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Upcoming Event

Jewelry Workshop

Jewelry Workshop on the DeTour Reef Light Sunday June 26 – Wednesday June 29, 2016 DRLPS is combining a chance to make some pure silver jewelry while enjoying the delights of beautiful sunsets, and sunrises, freighters, and good friendship with your fellow participants, along with being a Lighthouse Keeper. Our instructor is Rosemary Gould. She Read More

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What's Happening

David Bardsley Selected for 2013 Citizen Award

Presented by the Michigan Historic Preservation Network   David J. Bardsley has been selected to receive the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) 2013 Citizen Award for his “… Contribution and Dedication to Preserving and Restoring the DeTour Reef Light”. The award is presented at the MHPN’s Annual Conference to an outstanding individual, who “through personal Read More

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

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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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