Cana Island Lighthouse

Restoration Update:

Cana Island Lighthouse Opening May 15th

Cana Island Lighthouse will open for the season on May 15 rather than our normal May 1 opening. The contractors working on the Cana Island Restoration project have been busy removing lead paint from the tower. This has taken a little longer than anticipated due to weather delays. The contractors will then repaint the tower and begin the next phase in the restoration project, the Landscape Restoration. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to preserve this treasure for future generations. If you have any questions, call the museum at (920) 743-5958.

The Door County Maritime Museum anticipates "business as usual" during the restoration process. From time to time, portions of the lighthouse buildings and grounds normally open to the public may be closed. As it may impact your visit, please check this website for weekly updates. The Museum appreciates your patience as we work to preserve these treasures for future generations. If you would like to help, Click Here.

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!


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.