Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy



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Help support the "Keep the Lights On" campaign by making a monetary donation online at the Grand  Haven Area Community Foundation - just follow the link, click "Gift," choose your donation amount and type in "Grand Haven Lighthouse Community Fund" in the space provided. It's really easy and tax deductable!

"Keep the Lights On"
Your help and support will ensure that Grand Haven's historic lighthouses 
will remain lit and preserved for generations to come.

Our Mission
"To preserve and restore Grand Haven's Entrance and Inner Lighthouse structures along with any associated artifacts. Through public promotion and education, on site interpretive displays and artifact presentations, the history and importance of the lighthouse structures will be conveyed to residents and visitors alike."

Icons on The Lake
The lighthouses on Grand Haven’s South Pier do more than guide Lake Michigan sailors. Their magnificent presence symbolizes the rich history of our area and the commerce and recreational activities that have made Grand Haven what it is today.

Standing tall and steadfast, the lighthouses endure all the snow and ice and rain and waves that buffet them year round. Seemingly indestructible, they appear impervious to the damaging effects of nature and time. But, of course, that’s not the case.
The lighthouses’ exteriors are showing their age, their interiors even more so. These jewels of the lake have lost some luster. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the community is doing something about it and you can help.

Phase I will focus on several evaluation and maintenance issues including hazardous materials testing, an architectural analysis, and replacement of some doors and siding.  

Phase II
will be much more comprehensive. It will include painting the structures' exteriors and interiors, repairing their foundations, and installing new doors and ventilation systems.  

Phase III
will include replacing windows, restoring 24-inch portholes, stripping, priming, and painting the interior circular staircase in the inner light, and restoring holding tanks in its foundation.  

The proposed cost of the three-year, multiphase preservation plan: $300,000 - $500,000

If you are interested in making a tax deductable contribution to the Grand Haven Lighthouse Community Service Fund in support of the “Keep the Light On” fundraising campaign, you may do so by visiting the Grand Haven Community Foundation office or mailing a check to GHACF, Lighthouse Community Service Fund at One South Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417.

November 2011

The Lighthouse Conservancy hires recently retired Tri-Cities Museum Director, Dennis Swartout.  As fund development coordinator he plans to lead the capital campaign in raising funds for the matching gift of $100,000.00 which was recieved from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation in September 2011.  The fundraising campaign is scheduled to start after January 1, 2012.

October 2011

Special thanks to the members of 100 Men Who Care for selecting the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy as the first recipient of your generous gift. 

The newly formed philantrophic group is modeled after the 100 Women Who Care and brings together men from the Grand Haven area who are willing to commit a total of $400 a year to a local charity, nonprofit or worthy cause. They meet quarterly and commit $100 at each meeting.  At the beginning of the meeting each member can to put the name of the their favoriate charitiable group in a drawing.  Three names are drawn at random and a representative from that group is present to give a five minute presentation about their program. Following the presentations the members vote and majority rules. 

The gift given to the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy is estimated at $10,000.00.

September  2011

Amazing news!
The Grand Haven area Community Foundation announced Monday that it has launched a challenge grant program to assist the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy to maintain the Grand Haven Lighthouse!
The $100,000 grant will help kick off the "Keep the Light On" Campaign by the Conservancy. The grant will match each new gift to the community campaign up to $100,000!
Another great article on this amazing challenge grant program through the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation!
More Great News!
Special thanks to the Women's Club for their generous donation of $500 to the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy.
Fog House Opens for Public Tour
For the first time in history the Grand Haven Fog House publically announced being open for tour.  As part of the Mayor's Labor Day Walk the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy opens the Fog House for tour and narrative.  Members of the Conservancy were present to share the historical importance of the lights as well explain the plans to restore the lights and have them be the beautiful icons of Grand Haven they once were. Thousands turned out for the tour and donations collected near $700.00.
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Our History

On June 25, 2009 the US General Services Administration sent out notification that through the National Historic lighthouse Preservation Act the Grand Haven Entrance & Inner Lights were going to become available.


The lighthouses had been determined to be excess to the needs of the United States Coast Guard. Who had been the long-standing owners and keepers of many US lighthouses included the Grand Haven Lights. This decision was pursuant to the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, 16 U.S.C. 470, which meant our Lights were going to be made available

at no cost to eligible entities. Eligible entities included federal agencies, state and local agencies, non-profit corporations, education agencies, or community development organizations, for education, park, recreation, cultural or historical preservation purposes. 

The Grand Haven Lights quickly became a public target for PETA and as they filed an application to convert the lights into a Fish Empathy Headquarters. Our lighthouse location, as reported by

The primary focus in September 2009 was to complete the final stages of the application process. The Conservancy and the City were successful in the application process and is now in the final stages of taking offical ownership of the lights. 

The next order of business is to raise funds to preserve, protect and maintain the lights for all our residents and visitors.

national news, was to provide a memorial for the billions of fish killed annually by sport fishermen; it was also to be an educational center and a café offering vegetarian fare including “faux fish.” Their efforts were just as quickly disregarded by community leaders, charter captains from near and far but more importantly by officials at the General Services Administration. 

SummerPier.pngFishing is King for Grand Haven, MI - King Salmon that is….. as for our lighthouses we plan to preserve and protect them for years to come. In fact, our newly formed Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy, headed up by the City of Grand Haven, was formed on September 25, 2009.

Peek Inside the Grand Haven Lights

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