Peninsula's Maritime History: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

Photographed May 18, 2014
Erected by Wisconsin State Park System
Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconcin
45.168658,-87.236643
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Peninsula's Maritime History
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
Sailing vessels used two channels when navigating this part of Green Bay. The first was the western passage on the far side of Chambers Island. The second lies before you: the treacherous passage between the shore and the Strawberry Islands.
Economic growth and settlement in Door County depended on swift and secure water transportation. To guide ships safely through the narrow Strawberry Channel, the federal government built Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in 1868 for a cost of $12,000. The structure, made of cream-colored Milwaukee brick, is perched atop a 40-foot bluff. Keeper Henry Stanley illuminated the original third-and-one-half order Fresnel lens on October 15th, six months after construction began.
The marker is located deep inside Peninsula State Park at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, at 9462 Shore Road, Fish Creek, Wisconsin 54212.

NOTE: This is a fee area; a Wisconsin State Park System sticker or daily use fee are required; there is an additional fee to tour the lighthouse museum.




Wisconsin State Park System: Peninsula State Park

Wisconsin State Park System: Peninsula State Park: History

Friends of Peninsula State Park: For Now and the Future

Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program: Peninsula Park Beech Forest (No. 12)

Peninsula State Park: Summer Use Map (in PDF format) 

Use the "Peninsula State Park" label below to view all markers inside the park; there are several.



Ephraim native Sam Hanson served as Assistant Lighthouse Keeper at Chambers Island from 1909-1922. Clifford Hanson, standing right, died at age 18. He was walking across the ice in April, 1922, to fetch the mail in Fish Creek. Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Keeper Peter Coughlin helplessly watched the boy fall through.

The marker is visible against the stone wall, just to the left of the 
tree to the left of the lighthouse.


 The entrance to Peninsula State Park is just north of Julie's Park Cafe and Motel.

The marker is located inside Peninsula State Park.

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