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Cana Island Lighthouse

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Address: Cana Island, Baileys Harbor, WI
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Baileys Harbor Lakeside Shipwreck and Lighthouse Tour
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There is a rocky causeway that goes out to Cana Island. Make sure to wear good shoes for walking. The water was low enough for us to walk to Cana Island. Once you are off the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Illinois
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a rocky causeway that goes out to Cana Island. Make sure to wear good shoes for walking. The water was low enough for us to walk to Cana Island. Once you are off the causeway you enter a beautiful pathway of trees that leads you to an opening where the lighthouse stands. It is beautiful and majestic. The... More 

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Cana Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your wise and very informative review! The Cana Island Lighthouse and keeper's house will be open May 1. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Aurora, Colorado
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743 reviews
373 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 463 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Firstly I will say that we enjoyed the lighthouse, exhibits and the gentleman at the top of the lighthouse was very informative. I am all for supporting local historical sights but we thought $24 for two people to enter the lighthouse was expensive but at that point we were already there. When we walked to the lighthouse, it was just... More 

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Cana Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for supporting our museum and the immense restoration project that we are continually working on at Cana Island (a true island). We are working on restoring the outbuildings this summer, the Coast Guard will be removing the Fresnel Lens and then our next steps are to restore the inside of the keeper's quarters. Please... More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

I love lighthouses, however most of my experience and knowledge of them comes from the east coast of the US, Maine and Mass. This lighthouse is accessible for tours, and provides a great deal of interesting historical background around shipping on the Great Lakes and lighthouse keeping in general. Well worth the trip and tour.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Cana Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. I just had a former director of the museum write an article on why the fascination with lighthouses. In it he mentions that they symbolize heroics, romance, isolation and other imagery. To me the lighthouses represent the passion a man/woman would have in the midst of hardship to help save others on a regular... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 660 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

No one was there when we were there at the beginning of October. Weather had hit that day and we discovered when we got there that the wagon ride had been cancelled for the day. Otherwise, to go to the lighthouse, you have to park, wade through water (that was about 6-8 inches deep when we were there) to get... More 

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Cana Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Your experience reminds me of what life must have been like on an island as a lighthouse keeper. The Lake Michigan waters, even when I was young, were waist to chest deep. Years before that lighthouse keepers had to row their supplies out to the island on a weekly or monthly basis. Often times the... More 

Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 November 2016

This is a very scenic location, but is a state park, and has an admission fee. However, it is well worth the nominal $5.00 fee, and is agreat place to spend 2-4 hours along the Lake Michigan shore.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Cana Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. When the Bailey's Harbor Lighthouse began to fall apart, in the late 1860's, the decision was made, not to rebuild the deteriorating lighthouse, but to build a new lighthouse, on a piece of land, known as Cana Island. More 

Sherwood, Wisconsin
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528 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Off season so the buildings were not open. Still, this is a beautiful lighthouse, and the work to restore it and the island buildings is moving along well it appears. It's a pleasant walk across the gravel path from the parking are, though it would take a rugged wheelchair to make the trip.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Cana Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. In 2009 the Door County Maritime Museum, Door County Parks Department, and the Historic Structures Report project team identified basic flaws in the current buildings that hinder access by the public, limit interpretation, and cause general degrading of the building infrastructure over time that will, if left unaddressed, result in the loss of historic integrity.... More 

Chicago
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640 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Wonderful outing for the kids. Park on the mainland and walk across a pebble causeway to the island where the lighthouse is locate. Beware that on very windy days that waves may get your feet wet on the crossing.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Cana Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Cana Island Lighthouse was built in 1869. Since the 1970’s, under lease from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society’s mission at Cana Island has been to maintain the light station and adjacent grounds. The 1869 resources of the island and light station are irreplaceable; a truly unique setting... More 

Chicago, IL
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66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

We walked across the pathway from the "main land" to the island. The day was bright and clear. The old lighthouse looks to be recently renovated and was in pristine condition. There was a large placard constructed on the water side of the lighthouse that relates the history of ships, wrecked, at the bottom of the lake, about two miles... More 

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Cana Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. As modernization of light systems developed, the U.S. Coast Guard no longer had reason to maintain lighthouse properties and began to transfer them. In 2006, the U.S. Coast Guard transferred Cana Island to the Door County Parks Department, which named the Door County Maritime Museum as operating and historic preservation partner. Currently, five buildings remain... More 

Park Ridge, Illinois
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75 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

This is an excellent lighthouse but it was closed when I was there. The grounds and lakeshore of the island are beautiful. The causeway of rocks will allow you to walk 75% of the (1/8th of a mile) way to the island, but the remainder will soak your shoes especially if the waves are high. So bring wading boots or... More 

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Cana Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. A century of wind and water has taken its toll on the iconic Cana Island Light Station. No longer maintained by the federal government, the lighthouse upkeep now is under the guardianship of the Door County Maritime Museum. If we don’t step up to repair and preserve this lighthouse, it could disappear forever. But you... More 

Valparaiso, Indiana
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We visited this wonderful old lighthouse in October. We climbed the 92 spiral steps to the very top. The view of Lake Michigan was amazing! There is a lot of history to learn about it. Highly recommend a visit.

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Amy P, Public Relations Manager at Cana Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Our work at the Cana Island Light Station is not done. Our next project is the restoration of the out buildings on the property to include the oil house, privy and barn. Please see the Door County Maritime Museum's website for more information. More 

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