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Thunder Bay Island is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America, and is located adjacent to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve.

The Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation organized in 1993, and is licensed to solicit by the State of Michigan. We are dedicated to the education, preservation and restoration of Thunder Bay Island and its historic light station The goal of the Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society is the repair, restoration and maintenance of the remaining historic structures on the island. As we do this, we are engaged in gathering documentation of the island and its inhabitants. As we share the information we discover, the public will be able to gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, the valuable maritime history revolving around the island. 

In December, 1997, the Society and the US Coast Guard signed a ten-year lease for the buildings with an easement to access these buildings. The lease has been extended to 2027, and the society is working in partnership with Alpena Township to gain ownership of the southern portion of the island.

Currently, visitation to the island is limited to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Coast Guard, and members of the Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society. Visitors may join society members on trips to the island to conduct work or research deemed to be part of the TBILPS mission. The long-range plan is for the island to be mapped, interpretive signs to be installed, and clearly delineated paths to be created for self-guided tours. Overnight camping and ground fires on the island are prohibited.

Click here to check out our book, Lanterns & Lifeboats, for more about the history of Thunder Bay Island.

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Contact Information

Postal address

    PO Box 212, Alpena, MI 49707

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Last modified: October 05, 2011