West Sister Island Lighthouse

West Sister Island

West Shores

Located on West Sister Island, roughly midway between Toledo and Put-In-Bay and eight miles from shore, West Sister Island Lighthouse is still an active aid to navigation, and it is among the oldest lighthouses to survive on the Great Lakes. In January 1975, the government designated seventy-seven of West Sister Island’s eighty-two acres as wilderness. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) maintains ownership of this portion, while the Coast Guard owns the lighthouse and the remaining five acres. It is not open to the public, as visitors would pose a threat to the refuge’s vital nesting area. The island is home to many varieties of birds, including great blue herons, great egrets, black-crowned night herons, and double crested cormorants. West Sister Lighthouse is best seen by private or chartered boat.