Cana Island Lighthouse

Baileys Harbor, WI

Explore Door County’s most iconic lighthouse, built in 1869 and celebrating more than 150 years of standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan.

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!


Cana Island is open May through October, seven days a week, 10 am-5 pm. The last haywagon ride departs from the parking lot at 4:15 pm. The last tower climb starts at 4:30 pm. Check the Cana Island Lighthouse Facebook page for daily updates and information on any weather-related closures.

Click here for admissions information or directions to Cana Island

Please be aware that due to high lake levels, water often 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.

Click here to view the Cana Island causeway webcam! 

Images of Cana island

Cana tractor & Hay wagon

cana with lilacs

cana in winter

Destination Door County and both have pages that feature all eleven of the treasured lighthouses of Door County!