The Annual Lighthouse Festival will be June 13th to 15th, 2014. Festival goers can choose from eleven different Lighthouse Tour Packages. For more information or to purchase tickets visit The Door County Maritime Museum Website. Purchases may also be made by phone (920-743-5958).
DC Trolley Lighthouse Tour
The six-hour tour spotlights five mainland-accessible lighthouses: Eagle Bluff, Cana Island, Baileys Harbor Range Lights, Sherwood Point and Sturgeon Bay Canal Station lights. Tour departs from Orchard Country Winery in Fish Creek and Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay at 9:00 am both Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15.
This ninety-minute trolley tour features stories of the area’s spirited maritime past. Includes stops at the Sherwood Point Lighthouse and Sturgeon Bay Canal Station lights. Tour departs from the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay at 6:00 and 8:00 pm both Friday and Saturday nights, June 13-14th.
This small group tour is six and a half hours long and includes stops at Sherwood Point, Sturgeon Bay Canal Station, Cana Island, Eagle Bluff and Baileys Harbor Range Lights with drive-by of a sixth light. Departs from Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay at 9:00 am both Friday and Saturday, June 13-14th, and returns at 3:30 pm.
Island Clipper Tour
This six-hour voyage across Death’s Door and into Michigan waters is traditionally one of the most popular boat excursions. Tour passes Poverty and St. Martin islands with stop at Rock Island for a mile-long hike to the Pottawatomie Lighthouse, Wisconsin’s oldest, and on past the Plum Island Range Lights and the Pilot Island Lighthouse. The tour leaves Gills Rock at 9:00 am Saturday, June 14. Bring a box lunch; vending is not available.
Chambers Island Tour
It appears at press time that transportation will not be provided from the Chambers Island dock to the lighthouse for this popular tour. Access to the historic lighthouse requires a 1-1/2 mile docent-led hike across the island. Lighthouse caretakers will meet the tours as they arrive at the house. There you will be able to soak up the amazing view, and climb to the lantern room platform. Time on the island will be approximately 2-1/2 hours. Tours will leave the Fish Creek dock aboard the Quo Vadis on Saturday, June 14, at 9:00 am, 11:30 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday tours leave at 9:00 and 11:30.
Death’s Door Tour
Take this intimate narrated tour (total time 3 hours) aboard the 16-passenger Shoreline Charter into Death’s Door, some of the most history-rich straits on the Great Lakes. Highlights include water views of the Range Lights and the abandoned Coast Guard Station on Plum Island and then to eerie Pilot Island with its bare trees and deteriorating lighthouse. Tour departs from Shoreline Charters dock in Gills Rock at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15.
Plum Island Tour
This 3-hour tour is a rare offering, permitting visitors onto Plum Island for a guided tour by members of the Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands. Only four tours are being allowed on the island, which is under the authority of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. Note: This is a walking tour of more than a mile and requires good footwear. Shorts are not recommended. The Friends require a signed liability waiver which will be provided upon ticket purchase to be brought to the dock. Tours will leave the Shoreline Charters Dock in Gills Rock at 9:00 am and noon on Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15.
Rock Island/Death’s Door Tour
These 4-1/2 hour Friday cruises on June 13th will leave from Gills Rock and proceed to Rock Island where passengers can disembark and walk the one-mile trail to the lighthouse. Bring a box lunch to enjoy while on the island or on the boat. Return trip will provide close-up views of the Plum Island Range Lights and the Pilot Island Lighthouse. Departs from Shoreline Charters dock in Gills Rock at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm on Friday, June 13.
Baileys Harbor Lighthouse & Shipwreck Tour
Two-hour narrated tour passes Range Lights, Old Baileys Light and a captivating water view of the Cana Island light. Stop for shipwreck viewing also included (weather permitting). Tours leave from Municipal Dock in the center of Baileys Harbor at 11:30 am, 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm on Friday, June 13th and at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15th.
Sturgeon Bay Area Fireboat Cruise
These 90-minute narrated tours on Sturgeon Bay depart from the dock adjacent to the Door County Maritime Museum and cruise to either the Sherwood Point Lighthouse or the Sturgeon Bay Canal Station lights. Cruises are aboard the retired City of Chicago fireboat Fred A. Busse. Tours leave at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm each day, Friday to Sunday, June 13-15. For ticket pricing visit the Fireboat Cruise website at www.ridethefireboat.com (no advance sale for this cruise).
Sturgeon Bay Area Fireboat Sunset Cruise
Enjoy a picturesque cruise of Sturgeon Bay culminating with a water view of the illuminated Sherwood Point Lighthouse aboard the historic city of Chicago fireboat Fred A. Busse. Great photo opportunity. This narrated 90-minute tour also includes a close-up view of Bay Shipbuilding, the largest shipyard on the Great Lakes. Tours include complimentary desserts, and other refreshments and snacks available for purchase. Tours leave Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, at 7:30 pm from the dock adjacent to Door County Maritime Museum.