Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Celebrates 50 Years of Tours

In 1868 the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse cast its beam over the Green Bay for the first time. Guiding vessels through the waters’ treacherous shoals, the lighthouse and its keepers provided safe passage for the next 58 years. Today, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse opens its door to visitors from around the world.

“This is a very special year at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, as we are celebrating the 50th year of providing guided tours,” said Patti Podgers, curator/manager. “Although it has been difficult to prove, the evidence we have indicates that Eagle Bluff was the first restored, open to the public lighthouse in the United States. And we continue that tradition today.”

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse will feature special events throughout the season. “Our goal this year is to feature special theme tours related to specific lighthouse topics. For example, one of the tours will emphasize how the family lived; another, details of the Fresnel lens design,” emphasized Podgers.

The museum is open 10 am – 4 pm. Daily tours begin May 31, and continue through Oct. 20. Docent-led tours are available on the hour and half-hour; the last tour of the day is at 3:30 pm. Group tours are welcome by reservation.

Admission is: $5, adults; $2, students 13 – 18; $1, youth 6 – 12; and free for children 5 and under. Located within Peninsula State Park, a state park sticker is required for parking at the lighthouse. For more information visit