The Fox Island Lighthouse Association (FILA) works to preserve and restore the South Fox Island Light Station and its connecting grounds. We operate as a “Friends” Group to the Michigan Department of Resources that owns the site. Many of our projects are planned and executed by volunteers. Contractors are used as safety issues or specialized skills dictate.

Please use the Volunteer page to let us know how you can help.

2024 Restoration Projects

Assistant Keepers Quarters

  • Develop drawings and plans for porch reconstruction
  • Begin “on island” project preparation
  • Evaluate doors and windows to be restored in conjunction with porch project
  • Recreate missing kitchen drawer
  • Repair floor joists supporting east parlor
  • Prime & paint east parlor
  • Install vents in additional seasonal window covers
  • Evaluate options to remove asbestos from basement pipes and tank coverings

1867 Lighthouse

  • Restore lantern room frames and install temporary panels
  • Document requirements for glass replacement
  • Develop next steps for lantern room metal restoration, including ventilators
  • Restore clockwork access doors
  • Recreate missing tower cupboard door
  • Continue lead remediation and painting
  • Replace rotted soffit on lighthouse rear
  • Paint window frames
  • Install cedar tongue and groove in basement entry
  • Repair rotted basement window frame
  • Scrape and paint basement window frames & screens
  • Install flashing around leaking vent pipe
  • Paint front screen door
  • Replace broken window pane in upstairs bunk room
  • Develop plans for plaster repair

Skeletal Tower

  • Restore entry and parapet door latch mechanisms


  • Caulk/touch up doors and paint where brace was removed
  • Relocate spare brick to the 1867 lighthouse basement
  • Clear area of other extraneous material in preparation for incoming lumber


  • Complete exterior painting

Fog Signal

  • Organize “shop” area for future project work
  • Clean windows; note needs for glazing
  • Replace broken window pane
  • Resolve leaks around chimneys

Oil House

  • Excavate foundation; apply Dry Lock to reduce wicking
  • Touch up paint above foundation
  • Paint roof

Grounds & More

  • Perform ongoing grounds maintenance and brush clearing
  • Finish edging sidewalks
  • Perform periodic outhouse move / develop a vent system
  • Implement water system enhancements
  • Clear gravesite/build steps
  • Clearcoat picnic tables

Prior restoration is documented by year below, else view the 2012-17 summary, the significant 2018 season, and the 2019-2023 summary via the highlighted links.