Pilot Island is a small island between the northern tip of the Door County peninsula and Washington Island.

The lighthouse on the island was built in 1858 and staffed until 1962.

If you think the property is looking a little…icky, you’re right. A protected bird species, the cormorant, has taken over the area. Between the cormorants and pelicans, there’s a lot of guano on the grounds (read: bird poop), and it’s reached critical mass. (And yup, it smells as bad as it looks like it might.)

Learn more about the history of Pilot Island and the lighthouse:
Door County Maritime Museum
Lighthouse Friends
Wisconsin Shipwrecks
Friends of Plum and Pilot Island
Travel Wisconsin

Can you believe that a lighthouse keeper and his wife and their 7 children under the age of 13 all once lived on this island, for ten years, two miles from the next closest landmass?? It makes you feel a bit better about #stayhome nowadays!

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