South Fox Featured in Recent Beacon

An article in the Fall 2022 issue of the Great Lakes Lightkeepers Association (GLLKA) publication, The Beacon, documented end of season travails at a number of remote light stations. South Fox was featured prominently in the article including documentation of the one known winter (1899) when the station remained open year round at the request of regional railroad ferry companies.

More information about GLLKA and their member publication can be found at

This article was republished by the Ottawa County Historic Society in their First Quarter, 2023 newsletter and is available here:  Ottawa County, OH is the home of Marblehead Light.




Virtual Annual Meeting – December 12

Join us for the Annual Season Review via zoom, Monday, December 12, 2022 @ 6 p.m.

Please email to receive a link.

Fox Island Gear Available Online

Fox Island T-Shirts, Hats and Burgees are available for purchase at


Season Wrap

The buildings are now closed up for the season. Grounds remain open to the public during daylight hours. Thanks to all for a good season.

Call for Volunteer Proposals for 2023 Season

From Linda Possler:

“As FILA Secretary, the Executive Committee has charged me with posting a “call for restoration and improvement project ideas for the light station” for Summer 2023 to interested parties. We will be reviewing project ideas at our September 12th Board meeting.
Please respond to by September 7th with your project ideas; no project is too simple or too large! These can be anything from installing a solar system to re-threading screws. We welcome all ideas and will follow up on all the ideas that we receive–so stay tuned!”
Next summer may seem far away, but our planning cycle, of necessity, begins in fall with the need to get project approvals from the DNR & SHPO, write grants, budget, fundraise, etc.  Thanks in advance for your input.

Fox Island Book now available for purchase online

A supply of this out-of-print book by Kathy Firestone is now available via The Shoal Shoppe. It’s really the best book written on the islands and features a chapter dedicated specifically to the history of the light station.

If you aren’t familiar with The Shoal Shoppe, please check them out. They carry a variety of merchandise recognizing the 129 Michigan lighthouses.

They are carrying this book as a fundraiser for restoration on South Fox.

Keepers Eric & Lorinda Maki featured in “The Citizen”

Eric and Lorinda Maki were our second team of “keepers” back in 2016. Suffice to say, it was a rustic experience as they describe in the article. Things are much nicer now, in part, because of their contributions. They’ve done both masonry and carpentry, including some of our toughest projects. They helped “critter proof” an incomplete foundation one year, working in a crawl space under the lighthouse’s “lean to.” They’ve installed the shutters on the lighthouse tower. They’ve worked on doors and windows. This year, they’ll work to restore masonry on the lighthouse basement’s external entry.





Website updates

There’s a lot of progress being made as you can see from our Keeper’s Log.  We spent some time today updating images on various pages. Please take a look at how things have changed in a relatively short period.



National Register Dedication

Join us as we celebrate the South Fox Light Station’s designation on the National Register of Historic Places and give thanks to the volunteers who make restoration possible. Music, nibbles and sips provided. Thursday, July 14 6 – 8 p.m. at Peterson Park, Northport, MI.

The National Register Sign will be on display preparatory to it being installed at the Light Station.


Joerg Featured

This quarter’s Leelanau Enterprise “Silver” Publication features long time Board member and volunteer Joerg Rothenberger in an article about Leelanau’s healthy senior population.