A Visit to Cana Island Lighthouse

I have been to Cana Island Lighthouse more times than I can remember. Thinking of it brings back great memories. My parents brought me there as a boy. I brought my boys there when they were young. They came back as adults with their families. I have been coming to Door County for many years and became somewhat of a tour guide for friends and family members. I was always asked to take them to see Cana Island Light house. I'll bet I've climbed those lighthouse stairs fifty times.



If I close my eyes and think of it, I’m there. Sometimes I travel back to a cool fall day. The waves and seagulls are background music. Tourists smile and say hello as they pass by. Some of my favorite memories are watching my boys play on the grounds around the lighthouse in the summer. I can still hear their laughter as they explored the island.



Last Christmas at a family gathering I asked my sons if they remember playing on Cana Island when they were young. They all smiled and said, “Dad, those are some of our favorite memories. We will never forget.”



My wish is that we all take a little time to enjoy the simple things in life. Create as many magical memories with your family as you can. Life passes by in the wink of an eye.  Store them in your heart and visit them from time to time.

It is located northeast of Baileys Harbor on a peninsula between Moonlight Bay and North Bay. A three-hundred-foot-long natural causeway links Cana Island to the mainland and is a convenient way for visitors and workers to travel to the light, but it can at times be flooded due to the constantly fluctuating level of Lake Michigan.



A favorite for many visitors is the walk up the 97 steps of the tower’s spiral staircase towards the gallery deck. The lighthouse keeper had to walk up and down the same steps each night with lard to keep the light burning!  At the top, you’ll be able to see incredible views of Lake Michigan and the Door County Peninsula. I’m sure you will never forget the beautiful vista.


Cana Island is open from May to October seven days a week. You’ll be able to visit anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with the final tower climb starting at 4:30 p.m. each day.

Tickets (Includes entrance to the island, keeper’s quarters, and light tower.)


Adults: $12           Children: $9

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