Door County Maritime Museum Cana Island Lighthouse

Cana Island Light Station

Explore Cana Island

Explore Door County’s most iconic lighthouse, built in 1869 and celebrating more then 150 years of standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Ride a haywagon over the causeway to explore the island, including the 89-foot-tall 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!


We are excited to announce that the Phase 4 restoration work at Cana Island is nearly complete and the lighthouse tower and keeper’s quarters will be back open to the public starting on Friday, August 12, 2022!

Be among the first to see the magnificent restoration of the keeper’s quarters, and to climb the newly repainted 97 steps to the top of Door County’s most iconic lighthouse.

Cana Island is open daily for the remainder of the 2022 season, 10am-5pm, through October 31.

Please be aware that due to high lake levels, water often flows over the causeway to Cana Island. We offer a complimentary tractor and haywagon ride to shuttle you over to the island. If you do 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, 10am-5pm. The last haywagon ride departs from the parking lot at 4:15pm. The last tower climb starts at 4:30pm. Check the Cana Island Lighthouse Facebook page for daily updates and information on any weather-related closures.

Click here to view the Cana Island causeway webcam! 

Keep your feet dry and ride the tractor!

Cana Island Lighthouse Causeway

Wade out to see us!


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