Wisconsin Science Festival - Cana Island Light Station
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Explore Door County’s most iconic lighthouse, celebrating 150 years of standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan in 2019.
Ride a haywagon over the causeway to explore the island, including the 89-foot-tall tower, the original home of the lighthouse keeper and his family, and the 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.
While the ascent is fun for visitors, imagine the lighthouse keeper’s job as he trudged up and down the steps each night, carrying heated lard to keep the light burning!
Please be aware that due to high lake levels, water now regularly flows over the causeway to Cana Island. We offer a complimentary tractor and haywagon ride to shuttle you over to the island. If you do choose to walk across, come prepared with boots or other footwear that can withstand the water and protect your feet.