Offering an Outstanding Offshore Light Experience

DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society

Celebrating 25 Years

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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Rustic Lighthouse Experience for 2023

DRLPS spent the summer of 2022 looking into options to restore power to the Light. It was determined that the underwater power cable is not repairable. As we work to restore power to the Light, we will be scheduling Keeper weekends as we have done in the past. The experience will look a little more rustic, however. There will be a generator that can be run occasionally to provide use of the microwave and refrigerator. However, there will no hot water available for showers or potable water. Please bring your drinking water, charcoal for the grill and a flashlight.

Tours will be available on a limited basis.

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.

Upcoming Event

Evening Under the Stars

Enjoy an Evening Under the Stars Help Preserve the DeTour Reef Light and Celebrate 25 years of the DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society! July 8, 2023, 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 Read More

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Upcoming Event

Nordic Bocce

Everyone is invited to attend the 6th annual Nordic Bocce, sponsored by the DRLPS. It is an “over the age of 21 event” with adult beverages brought by attendees and participants. Bocce will begin at 3PM, Sunday, August 6, 2023 at the Drummond Island Township Golf Course. Registration is $15 per person, $60 for a Read More

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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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