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Cana Island Lighthouse

Updated on November 22, 2014
Closeup of Light
Closeup of Light | Source

Walk to Cana Island

On our visit to Door County, Wisconsin we stayed at a lodge in Bailey's Harbor. I had seen information that there were several lighthouses in the area and I was hoping to get to see them or at least photograph them from a distance. I wasn't sure how I would get to the lighthouse at Cana Island, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that when the tide is down you can walk right out to the island.

This lens will show the photographs that I took on Cana Island and provide some information about the lighthouse.

Cana Island Lighthouse Tower - taken as I was approaching the island.

Cana Island is a 8.7 acre island. Actually it is only an island when the levels of Lake Michigan are high. At the present time it is linked to the mainland by a rocky channel that can be walked across.

We found Cana Island by going on Hwy Q north of Baileys Harbor and following the signs to the island.

The day we arrived was rather cloudy and the area was in a drought. It was a dry August, so you will notice that the grass in the photos below is very brown.

This is a photo that I took as I was approaching the island on the rocky causeway.

Keepers House and Lighthouse Tower - front shot

The Cana Island lighthouse was first lit in 1870. It has a 3rd order Fresnal lens. The light was automated in 1945.

The lighthouse and tower were made of cream colored city brick. In 1902 the tower was beginning to deteriorate and it was then covered with a steel clading to protect it from further deterioration.

The tower is 89 feet tall and there are 102 stairs to the top of the light.

Climbing the Cana Island Lighthouse - video of lighthouse climb

This great little video shows the climb up the Cana Island Lighthouse. From the top you have a wonderful view of the shoreline and the lighthouse grounds.

The lighthouse wasn't open for climbing when i visited so I was glad to find this recent video of the climb.

Enjoy!

Photos taken on Cana Island - Cana Island Lighthouse

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Photo of tower taken as I was walking onto the island.Part of the path leading to the island.The shoreline of Cana Island.A side view of the keepers house and lighthouse tower.A flower blooming on the island.The house and tower from the right side.Photo taken from the shoreline looking back at the lighthouse.Path to island.
Photo of tower taken as I was walking onto the island.
Photo of tower taken as I was walking onto the island. | Source
Part of the path leading to the island.
Part of the path leading to the island.
The shoreline of Cana Island.
The shoreline of Cana Island.
A side view of the keepers house and lighthouse tower.
A side view of the keepers house and lighthouse tower.
A flower blooming on the island.
A flower blooming on the island.
The house and tower from the right side.
The house and tower from the right side.
Photo taken from the shoreline looking back at the lighthouse.
Photo taken from the shoreline looking back at the lighthouse.
Path to island.
Path to island.

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow. The lighthouse looks great and thanks for sharing the experience.

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      Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      Nice photos.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      The oldtimers who worked in the lighthouses must have been in pretty good health to trudge up those stairs everyday. Love your pictures.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Another beautiful piece of history. I have to visit Wisconsin some day...

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I've never been to Wisconsin but would love to see the Cana Island Lighthouse. Beautiful photography.

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      livingfrontiers 5 years ago

      I have been to this lighthouse, and it looked just your photos...really nice lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I still haven't made it to see the Cana Island Lighthouse, but I still want to.

      You have inspired a great liking for lighthouses in me.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Very pretty photos! Awesome flower picture.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      What a delightful lighthouse! Pretty enough to frame.

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      shwetashah 8 years ago

      I have landed on this lens through your light house lensography lens. You have really done a good work and make things interesting. I never think that one can write this much on light house.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Its very nice that you get to go visiting places like this. What a beautiful lighthouse!

      I see that you love lighthouses and that does shine through on your lens.

      Susie

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful pictures! Interesting lens!