Several years ago, we were able to spend a long weekend in Door County, Wisconsin. Door County is on a narrow peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan. As a photographer, I loved it because I could capture both sunrise and sunset photographs in the same county with relatively little driving involved!
Furling the SailSister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin I was able to visit the Cana Island Lighthouse on 2 different mornings. The clouds were present on both days, but that just made for more dramatic shots. It never ended up raining while I was on the island, fortunately. It did rain off and on later in the day and during the night, but cleared up for a while before more clouds rolled back in the next day.
I have visited many lighthouses over the years, but the way the Cana Island Lighthouse is situated is very unique. I traveled through a residential area and parked my car in a makeshift parking lot. I couldn't see the lighthouse (or even Lake Michigan) from where I parked.
Cana Island is connected to the mainland by a causeway. On the day that I visited, the water levels were low, and I could walk right across.
Before our visit, I remember reading that sometimes you must wade across to the island. These days, they have someone with a tractor and wagon that will bring people to and from the island when the water levels are high. I don't recall if they had this wonderful option back when we visited or if it just wasn't needed on the days that I was there.
The water views on the land bridge were fantastic and wide enough that I could stop to make photographs while other visitors moved past me.
Once we reached the island, I still couldn't immediately see the lighthouse. But the walk along the path was beautiful!
Finally, the lighthouse was in view!
Two mornings in a row, I spent quite a bit of time wandering around the grounds of the Cana Island Lighthouse. It was a truly memorable experience, and I was glad I had the opportunity and time to visit!