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Can you handle the elements of Lake Superior?

Starting in June, the lighthouse will open for people interested in becoming a Host Keeper for a week long stay at Porphyry Island.

Requirements of a Host Keeper is that you volunteer five-hours daily, meet & greet visitors, assist with grounds keeping, help in the preparation of meals and after dinner enjoy the many amenities. More information will be provided at our Dinner Auction on May 4th., when we will announce a call for applicants. Couples and young families and singles work well with our program. We will be looking to fill several positions in the summer starting in June and finishing in September. There is a cost associated with the registration.

Learn more from 2018 Host Keeper Heather McLeod! This presentation was made at the annual fundraising dinner in May 2019.

Let Heather McLeod share her journey with you as a host keeper from Porphyry Island.

Would you like to be a host keeper for a one week term? If so please read the basic outline below, and email us your response.

We have one double bed and a cot in a large master bedroom, for a couple or small family. See video for more detail on the expectations of being a host keeper.

There is a cost per person to be a host keeper, each individual needs to purchase a $20 dollar membership and $200 for transportation and food allowance.

The membership is to cover insurance for your stay and provides you with a connection to the organization through future e-blasts and event notices.

Our food menu is basic, and we have learned to accommodates different tastes and diets. We have a set menu that we will share with you in advance. You are welcome to bring other food to supplement your needs.

Prior to your term we would provide you with an orientation document to help you acclimatize to your new surroundings. Please take 15 minutes and watch the video above by Host Keeper Elaine Lynch, who now is a board of director with the organization.

  1. Send us an and put “Host Keeper” in the subject line.
  2. tell us why you would like to be a host keeper?
  3. tell us what skills you bring to the lighthouse or project ideas?
  4. let us know your availability by selecting one or more date(s) below.

Available Date

June 30July 7 —-booked —-

July 7- July 14

July 14 – July 21

July 21 – July 28

July 28 – August 4 —– booked ——

August 4 – August 11

August 11 – August 18

August 18 – August 25 —-booked—–

August 25 – September 1 —-booked—-

If you have another date before June 30th or after September 1st let us know.

Being confirmed for a term as a Host Keeper will be determined on; your response to the email questions, the dates that you are available and accepting and understanding the conditions as described in the video our previous host keeper.