FISH CREEK (NBC 26) — The iconic Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park is set to open to the public on Wednesday, May 19, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The new tower was constructed to be safer and more accessible. The DNR says the public can now access the legendary landmark both up the tower stairs and through a fully accessible canopy walk.
The new tower, located on top of Eagle Bluff, is 60 feet high with the top observation deck sitting 253 feet above the Bay of Green Bay. The DNR says there are 100 steps to climb to get to the top of the tower, or visitors can enjoy an 850-foot fully-accessible canopy walk to the top.
The first Eagle Tower was built in 1914 and stood in place for 18 years before being deconstructed and fully rebuilt in 1932. The 1932 version of Eagle Tower was closed in 2015 due to structural safety concerns and was deconstructed in 2016.
The DNR says funding for the $3.5 million Eagle Tower was made possible by partnerships with local state legislators, the DNR and the Friends of Peninsula State Park, which donated $750,000 to the project.
Access to Eagle Tower is free; however, a park admission pass is required. Parking is available near the tower site, and there is access from various hiking and biking trails.
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