Cana Island and ‘John Purves’ Tug Opens for Season

The Door County Maritime Museum announces that Cana Island Light Station and the tug John Purves are now open for the season, through Oct. 31.

Cana Island Lighthouse is one of Door County’s most popular lighthouses that’s been standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan for more than 140 years. It’ll be open seven days a week, 10 am to 5 pm. The last tower climb starts at 4:30 pm each day.

Enjoy an all-access, 40-minute guided tour of the John Purves, an immaculately restored 1960s era Great Lakes tugboat. Explore the entire 149-foot tug, from her engine room to crew cabins, galley and wheelhouse, and get a feel for the daily life of her hard-working 13-man crew. The tug is open seven days a week, 10 am to 3:30 pm.

The Maritime Museum is now selling tickets for their annual Lighthouse Festival, June 13 – 15. There will be three days of boat excursions and guided land-based tours to all 11 historic Door County lighthouses. The tour included lighthouses that aren’t typically open to the public, including Chambers Island, Plum Island, Sherwood Point and the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Lighthouses. For more information or to order tickets, visit or call 920.743.5958.