Door County Maritime Museum Cana Island Lighthouse

Cana Island Light Station

Walk to An Island

Travel back in time and explore one of Door County Wisconsin’s most popular lighthouses that’s been standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan for more than 140 years.

Investigate the entire 8.7-acre island that includes the 89-foot-tall light tower, the original home of the lighthouse keeper and his family, and the oil house where fuel for the light was stored.

The highlight of any Cana Island visit is climbing the 97 steps of the tower’s spiral staircase to reach the gallery deck. The outside deck delivers a sweeping view of Lake Michigan and the Door County peninsula.

While the ascent is fun for visitors, imagine the lighthouse keeper’s job as he trudged up and down the steps each night, carrying heated lard to keep the light burning!


Please be aware that occasionally wind and weather cause water to flow over the causeway. We offer a complimentary tractor and wagon ride to shuttle you across. If you choose to walk across, come prepared with boots or other footwear that can withstand the water and protect your feet.

Be a modern-day lighthouse keeper, support the preservation efforts at Cana Island Lighthouse.

Cana Island is open from May through October, seven days a week, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The last tower climb starts at 4:30 p.m. each day.

Keep your feet dry and ride the tractor!

Cana Island Lighthouse Causeway

Wade out to see us!


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