Green Island Lighthouse

In 1961, the federal government transferred the lighthouse property to the State of Ohio, and the entire island eventually became a wildlife refuge, managed by the Department of Natural Resources. In April 1974, two fishermen landed on Green Island and started a small fire that soon got out of control and a lack of docking facilities made it hard to land men on the island. The fire raged for a full day leaving behind only a shell of the old limestone lighthouse, which is now surrounded by thick vegetation. The remains of the old oil house still stand behind the lighthouse, and what looks like a well is located in front of the lighthouse. A distant view of the island and skeletal lighthouse can be seen from the ferries to South Bass Island and by private boat. The island is now a bird sanctuary, and the perimeter is lined with "No Trespassing" signs.