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Poe Reef lighthouse in the middle of a body of water
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The federal government is auctioning off three historic Great Lakes lighthouses. The lighthouses are Poe Reef on Lake Huron, Ontonagon Breakwater on the channel between the Ontonagon River and Lake Superior, and Superior Entry between Superior, WI, and Duluth, MN.

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If you are looking for an unusual summer vacation, think about applying to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a temporary lighthouse keeper.

The Tawas Point Lighthouse off the shores of Lake Huron is accepting applications for spring and summer through February 1, 2019. 

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The federal government has been auctioning off Great Lakes lighthouses, including a recent group of lighthouses located offshore.

The North Manitou Shoal Light was in that group and was purchased the nonprofit North Manitou Light Keepers.

Several historic Michigan lighthouses are up for grabs

May 30, 2015
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The U.S. General Services Administration is looking for stewards to take care of three historic lighthouses in Michigan.

Stewards can use the lighthouses for educational, cultural or preservation purposes in exchange for maintaining them.

Cat Langel, GSA spokeswoman, said stewards are typically state or local governments, non-profits, or historic preservation groups.

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Live the life of a Victorian-era light keeper at Tawas Point Lighthouse.

That's the lure in an announcement this week that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for 2014.

Volunteers stay in renovated living quarters in the lighthouse. The accommodations  include two bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom. In return, volunteers pay $250 per week and lead tours of the lighthouse or perform maintenance work.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Live the life of a Victorian-era light keeper at Tawas Point Lighthouse.

That's the lure in an announcement this week that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for 2014.

Volunteers stay in renovated living quarters in the light house.

In return, they pay $250 per week, and lead tours or do maintenance work.