Eagle Bluff Lights
By Dave Wobser

This light marks the Strawberry Passage, the east channel in Green Bay, between Chambers Island and the shore.

Built in 1868, on a 50-foot bluff, at a cost of $12,000. The square yellow brick 43-foot tower is set at an angle into a rectangular 2-story yellow brick keepers dwelling. An oil building and outhouse, made of the same materials, also survive on the site.

The 10-sided lantern has glass in 8 panels and the other two are covered in metal. The light is produced by a solar powered 300mm plastic lens, which replaced the original Third and One-Half Order Fresnel lens.

The light was automated in 1909 and remains in service with a range of 7 miles. The keepers dwelling has been restored into a museum by the Door County Historical Society. Much of the furnishings were the property of the last resident keeper.

Door County, Wisconsin boasts of having more lighthouses than any other county . The Door County Maritime Museum hosts an Annual Lighthouse Walk, on a weekend in May, that offers a chance to visit and tour lighthouses not normally open to the public .

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is located on Green Bay, in Peninsula State Park near, Ephraim, Wisconsin. Turn into Peninsula State Park, off Highway 42, near the center of town in Fish Creek. The museum is open to the public for a small fee from Memorial Day to the third week in October. There is also an entrance fee to the state park. This is one of the best restorations in the Great Lakes region, and well worth the small fees.

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Photograph by Dave Wobser

Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Date Built: 1868
Active: Yes

Open to
public:

Yes

www.dcmm.org
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May to mid-October, fee charged; tours offered on the hour and half hour.
920-839-2377
http://eagleblufflighthouse.doorcountyhistoricalsociety.org/

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