Monday, November 5, 2012

Cana Island Light - Watershed #7

Cana Island is north of Gardens at Waters East and sits out in Lake Michigan.  It rest on Niagara Escarpment rock.  Much more information on this unique rock formation which runs for hundreds of miles from Niagara Falls New York over the top of Lake Michigan then out to the state of Iowa, can be found in the archives titled:  Niagara Escarpment – Watershed #6   July 21 2012.

Cana Island Lighthouse

 Niagara Escarpment
forming the island


 Cairns on island
for more information, facts, and photos of cairns
see archives for November 1, 2011

more cairns

Cana Island lighthouse is located in Door County Wisconsin which has more lighthouses than any other county in the USA.  The lighthouse was build in 1869 out of cream city brick from Milwaukee.  Due to the deteriorating condition of the brick from lake storms, the tower was clad in a steel casing in 1902 and then painted white.  The tower is 89 feet tall with the light being 85 feet above the water level.  It has a third order Fresnel lens which was made in France.  The visual range is 18 miles.

 Cana Island Lighthouse
built 1869

 Fresnel Lens - 3rd Order

For basic fundamental facts and photos about the watershed for the area of Gardens at Waters East, see the posting for July 2, 2011 in the archives.  Other past postings in the Watershed Series cover additional examples of this important geographic resource.

 Cana Island Lighthouse
Door County Wisconsin

Overview of the Great Lakes Watershed
Gardens at Waters East

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  1. The photos of the lighthouse are so beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Interesting post about the watershed for Waters East. With the overview I have more an idea where your garden is situated on the shore of lake Michigan.

  3. Lovely pics! Is it limestone at the waterfront? Excuse my english, I hope you understand what I mean (the low rocks in the water).

  4. Great landscape.
    The most of the english words is short and simple prepared to the swedish language, but the word for lighthouse is spelled with only three letters. The swedish word for lighthouse is fyr.

    I have collect some seeds from the garden, I can send some to you, if you want to.
    Have you got the same adress as before?

    Have a nice day

  5. Learned something more about Cana Island - the cairns - and also learned from Hans' comment. After attending the Fyr Bal, I finally learned that "fyr" is the Swedish word for lighthouse. Thanks!

  6. Beautiful views of the skies, horizon and the waters. I like lighthouses!