The White River Light Station opened on May 24 for the 2019 season, and will be opened seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 27.
It is operated and staffed by the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association. Curator Matt Varnum says that, “the White River Light Station is one of Western Michigan’s wonderful hidden gem attractions. It has a little something for everyone who visits. Area history, maritime history, lighthouse history and even ghosts stroies are showcased at the light.”
Visitors to the station will notice a new roof that has just recently been installed. The new roof was made possible by grants received from the Women of White Lake Who Care, the White Lake Community Fund of the Commmunoity Foundation Muskegon County and Fruitland Township. New exterior walkways make the oil house, keepers workshop and grounds handicapped accessible.
Inside guests to the light will find a new Keepers Log video highlighting some of the wonderful lighthouse keeper daily entries spanning from 1874 to 1933. A new photo display of the uncovered shipwreck “CONTEST” is being shown in the gift shop area and a new interactive display demonstrating a Coast Guard rescue using the Lyle Gun and Breaches Buoy will be showing in the upstairs museum. The keepers workshop, showcasing many of the larger maritime artifacts, will also feature a new 10-minute historical video showcasing the history of the White River Light Station and the surrounding area.
Free, family friendly, summer Friday evening concerts will continue at the White River Light Station starting on June 21. Concerts this season will feature Wyatt and Sheri Knapp, the Rough and Tumble, the Steel Donit Steel Drum Band, Catfish and the Man and Fremont John. The Western Michigan Dulcimer Players jam session will again take place on Saturday afternoon July 27. Free morning yoga classes with Mitch Colman will take place once a month on the lawn and new this year will be Children’s Story time hosted by the local libraries on the lawn. Dates and times can be found on the SPLKA web site www.splka.org