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Sherwood Point Lighthouse still operates

Lighthouse, cottage maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard in heavily-forested Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

August 22, 2010
Story and photos by Fritz Busch

Even if you don't have access to the attached cottage, you may find it interesting to visit Sherwood Point Lighthouse and the panoramic view it affords of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Less than an hour's drive from Green Bay in Door County, Sherwood Point Lighthouse was the Great Lakes last manned light station.

Automated in 1983 and still operating as an active navigation aid for lake freighters visiting Bay Ship Building in Sturgeon Bay for repairs or winter lay up, the tower's Fourth Order Fresnel lens 61 feet above the lake level can be seen as far as 18 miles.

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Built in 1883, the Sherwood Point Lighthouse was intimately connected with the construction of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, the site is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard.

A furnished, two-bedroom cottage with accommodations for up to eight people is available for rent at $75 a night for 2-7 days to active duty, reserve and retired military members.

The brick cottage built in 1883 has four twin size bunk beds, a queen size bed and sleeper sofa.

The unit has a refrigerator, stove/oven, washer/dryer, DVD/VCR player, TV with DTN signal reception and a microwave.

Dishes, utensils, pots, pans, a toaster, coffee maker, pillows and blankets are provided.

Patrons must bring their own bed linens, paper products, toiletries, towels, wash and dish clothes and food.

A white frame fog bell tower building remains in front of the light.

Door County Wisconsin boasts having more lighthouses than any other county in the U.S.

The Door County Maritime Museum hosts an Annual Lighthouse Walk on a May weekend that offers a chance to visit and tour lighthouses not normally open to the public.

Sherwood Point reservations and more information can be obtained by calling 414-747-7185.

Cottage keys must be picked up and dropped of at the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard Station located about 10 miles from the lighthouse.

The cottage must be thoroughly cleaned before departing.

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