Rock Island State Park


Some people insist on going all the way to the end of the line and on the Door County peninsula, this is it. For a break from fast-paced car culture, hop the passenger ferry (available from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day only) and travel from Washington Island's Jackson Harbor to the 912-acre Rock Island State Park, where no wheeled vehicles of any kind are permitted, including bicycles. LaSalle and Hennepin visited this Lake Michigan island in 1679, and it was later the private retreat of millionaire Chester Thordarson, an inventor who erected several massive stone buildings here in the early 20th century. Today, you can tour his boathouse and Viking Hall. Forty primitive campsites are available on the island, and visitors can swim, canoe, and fish in the lake (with its 5,000 feet of beach), hike the park's ten miles of trails (including a one-mile interpretive trail), or visit Wisconsin's oldest lighthouse. The boat ramp at Jackson Harbor and docking facilities on Rock Island will let you reach the island via private boat from mid-October until December 1; caution is urged on boating to the island since Lake Michigan and Green Bay can be hazardous due to storms and reefs. There is drinking water near the dock and boathouse. Picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets are provided. Pets: Leashed pets are permitted with some restrictions. Reservations and fees: Wisconsin has a central reservation telephone number for all state park campgrounds: 888-947-2757. There is a nonrefundable fee for each reservation made. Wisconsin state parks charge a nominal daily entrance fee per vehicle.


1924 Indian Point Rd
Washington Island, WI 54246


45.41583300, -86.81944400
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(920) 847-2235

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