Green Island Light (WI)

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Green Island Light, Green Island, Green Bay, Wisconsin



Location: On Green Island in Green Bay off of Marinette, five miles southeast of the mouth of the Menominee River.
Station Established: 1863
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1863
Operational? NO
Automated?  1933
Deactivated: Abandoned, destroyed by fire.
Original Lens: Fourth Order Fresnel


  • In 1859 funds were appropriated to build a lighthouse on or near Green Island.  The following year the state of Wisconsin seized the land on which the light was to be built.
  • In October of 1863 the light was first lit. The tower contained a fourth order Fresnel lens and the signal was a  fixed-white light
  • In 1864 the light was damaged by fire and a temporary structure was erected.
  • In 1876 a new crib and land pier was built to make off-loading supplies easier.
  • In 1883 lake levels had dropped and the boathouse was moved closer to the water.
  • In 1893 the water levels had dropped so much that the well went dry and a new one had to be dug.
  • In 1902 the boat house was damaged in a storm by ice and had to be re-built.
  • In 1933 the light was automated.
  • In 1956 a steel skeletal tower was erected and is what is in use today.
  • In 1957 the island became privately owned.

Researched and written by Anne Puppa, a volunteer through the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.