Cana Island Lighthouse opened for the Door County summer season on May 1. One of Door County’s premier tourist attractions, it will be open through Oct. 29.
Visitors can travel back in time and explore one of Door County’s most popular lighthouses that’s 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.
New this year to the staff is Janis Falk, who will be the acting site manager. “Cana Island Lighthouse combines beauty and technology in a way that fascinates,” Falk said. “The history of the lighthouse 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. 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 am to 5 pm daily, with the last tower climb at 4:30 pm and a minimal admission charge. For more information visit dcmm.org.