Do you think you can see Wisconsin?

Lake Michigan From Alligator Hill

Jim Sorbie wonders if that’s our cheese-loving neighbors you can see in this photo looking across Lake Michigan from Alligator Hill near Glen Arbor.

I thought it could be Washington Island, but would appreciate confirmation from anyone who knows about such things.

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  1. UP_Skier
    UP_Skier says:

    My first guess was Washington Island, but I’m leaning more towards the northern end of Door County. The bluffs along the northwest shore of the county rise 100+ feet higher than Washington Island. Just speculation though. It’s been ages since I’ve been to the dunes, so I don’t have a good feel for the angle of the photo in relation to Sleeping Bear Point.

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  2. jsorbie
    jsorbie says:

    Good Thought Up_Skier! I tried to take a (not very accurate) compass bearing from Alligator Hill and got about 315M. Looking at the chart I looked at the bearings & distances of:

    Door Penisula (elev 720′) 48.5 NM @ 303M
    Washington Island (elev 740′) 46.65NM @ 313M
    Rock Island (elev 760′) 46.21NM @ 318M

    I’m guessing it’s Rock Island/Washington Island as they’re slightly closer and higher. No way to tell for sure, maybe I should go over there on a clear day and wave?

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  3. UP_Skier
    UP_Skier says:

    Can I change my answer? I lived on the western shore of Lake Michigan and always had a better view of the peninsula than the islands (maybe because it was closer to my position). I never realized that the islands were higher than the bluffs on the peninsula. Now that I look at the inflated picture, there appears to be a sliver of land on the left-hand side, which must be Door County. I guess the final conclusion is; you definitely saw Wisconsin!

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