Sherwood Point Light
By Dave Wobser

Located on Green Bay to mark the south side of the entrance from Green Bay into Sturgeon Bay and the Ship Canal, near Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Built in 1883 for $12,000, the square white brick 35-foot tower is attached to a 1-1/2 story red brick dwelling.

The tower's Fourth Order Fresnel lens is 61-feet above the lake level and has been seen as far as 18 miles. A frame white fog bell tower building survives in front of the light, as does a brick oil house located behind the light.

The lighthouse was automated in 1983 and was the last manned light station on the Great Lakes. The station is presently used by the Coast Guard as a private residence. It is only open to visit during the Door County Annual Lighthouse Walk.

The light is an active aid to navigation and serves the lake freighters which visit Bay Ship Building, in Sturgeon Bay, for repairs or winter lay up.

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 .

Sherwood Point is located at the end of Sherwood Point Road west of the town of Sturgeon Bay, on the south side of the Ship Canal.

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Photographs by Dave Wobser

Location: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Date Built: 1883
Active: Yes

Open to

Limited to May event only

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