2006 – Present
Since 2006, we have been visiting communities along the Lake Michigan coast of Wisconsin in a quest to see all the light houses. It took 9 years to see them all between Kenosha and Algoma, the southernmost community in Door County.
We both share a maritime heritage, as my husband is a Navy veteran, as well as his father Alvin T. Kutil and father’s brother Robert. They grew up in Manitowoc, where many ships were built that served in WW II. One of my great-grandfather’s was also a Navy vet about 100 years ago.
We will begin with Kenosha and work our way north.
There are two light stations here. The red Kenosha North Pierhead Light and the Old Southport Lighthouse.
Racine has 5 light stations protecting its harbors, including one at its Coast Guard station.
These 4 are scattered along the coast, you can hear the Racine Reef light station, it’s horn emits a mournful sound every 15 seconds that you can hear all over Racine.
Hear the Racine Reef Light station.
Windpoint is the northernmost of the Racine light stations, it has a museum open in the summer months. Please put a donation in the box when you visit!
Northpoint Light Station
Port Washington 4-5-14
Old Port Washington Light Station
Breakwater Light House, this was our first one. Also the only one in Sheboygan.
Manitowoc – Many visits there.
North Breakwater Lighthouse
Manitowoc and Two Rivers often treat themselves like a twin city, so I will add Two River’s two lighthouses here.
North Pierhead 6-30-12
Located at Roger’s Street Fishing Village.
Here it is as seen from across.
Rawley Point Lighthouse 6-30-12
5 miles north of downtown Two Rivers.
Photo by Al Kutil
The northernmost one we have seen along Lake Michigan’s shore is in Algoma, considered to be the gateway of Door County. The little red lighthouse is the town’s trademark.
Lake Winnebago is large enough to have four light stations. To date we have seen one of them. We were able to climb to the top and had a great view of the Marina below.
Fon du Lac Lighthouse 8-29-12
This is our lighthouse list to date, we hope to see more soon! Learn more about Wisconsin lighthouses in the links below.