|The Cana Island lighthouse has been called the most photographed object in Door County. Thousands of visitors troop across the causway separating the island from the mainland. In years past, water would cover the path, making access to the island a matter of wading across slippery rock, but low lake levels in recent years make this a dry walk. The lighthouse tower itself is still a functioning navigational aid, and is therefore off limits, but the Door County Maritime Museum operates a small informational center, tours and gift shop in the attached keeper's house through the tourist season for a small fee. Their web page about the lighthouse can be viewed here.
This island itself is approx. 9.06 acres, so it is possible to visit this cache without ever setting eyes on the lighthouse itself by following the rock beach around the perimeter to the cache area. This way, you would most likely avoid the curious eyes of trolls, although the cache is, I believe, hidden well enough so cachers will avoid casual observation.
Cana Island opens to the public a half hour before sunrise, and closes a half hour after sunset. I believe there is currently a $4.00 fee to visit the island during certain times, and that $4.00 includes touring the lighthouse. For an additional $2.00 fee, you can climb the lighthouse tower. Read below about how to avoid the admission charge. There is a donation box (tube, to be accurate) for those who visit after hours, but still wish to make a contribution.
If you are unsuccessful in finding it, log your visit anyway,
so I can track visits and make adjustments, if need be.
It has been brought to my attention that the Maritime Museum is again charging folks $4.00 to visit the island, which is different this year from previous policy.Access to the Island is available without charge 1/2 hour before sunrise till 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. until 1/2 hour after sunset. During the winter when the lighthouse is not open to the public, the island is open to the public without charge.