April 28, 2017


Cana Island Lighthouse opens for the Door County summer season on May 1, 2017.  One of Door County’s premier tourist attractions, it will be open May 1-October 29.

Visitors can travel back in time and explore one of Door County Wisconsin’s most popular lighthouses that has been standing for just short of 150 years. They can 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, one of the only working 3rd Order Fresnel Lens in the country and the unique 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.

A complimentary tractor-drawn hay wagon will run trips across the causeway continuously for those who prefer not to get their feet wet or those looking for a fun experience for kids and families alike.

New this year to the staff is Janis Falk, who will be the acting site manager.  Falk joins from Chicago where she had a career in commercial real estate managing office and industrial buildings.  Originally from suburban Detroit, she has been coming to Door County for decades.

“Cana Island lighthouse combines beauty and technology in a way that fascinates,” Falk said.  “The history of the light house and its keepers is engaging and I look forward to sharing that experience with many people this season.”

Cana Island has been undergoing an extensive restoration project.  Phase I of the project is complete and involved restoration of the lighthouse’s exterior and tower. It followed the construction of the mainland parking lot and new restroom facilities. Phases to follow include the restoration of the outbuildings, including what is believed to be the only five-sided oil house in the country. Future plans also call for an interpretive center and interior restoration of the keeper’s.


The museum buildings are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily with the last tower climb at 4:30 pm and a minimal admission charge. Join us for an awe-inspired visit to the historic Cana Island Light Station.


Media contact:

Amy Paul, Executive Director