Rock Island State Park

Rock Island State Park In Washington Island, WI

Take the ferry to this primitive Lake Michigan island park that LaSalle and Hennepin visited in The Griffon in 1679. The stone buildings were built by a wealthy inventor between 1910 and 1930. This island is surrounded by 6 miles of rocky and sandy shore line.

Some claim that the best of the best in tent camping is on Rock Island; comprises 900 acres of history and nature where beaches, bluffs, and woodlands contrast with the relics of voyageurs, settlers, and parts of Thordarson's estate. It is known as Wisconsin's "furthest northeast point." A great swamp in the vicinity of Rock Island State Park is Little Marsh; on a great day it's a splendid idea to spend the day at Gislason Beach. A reef extends 100 yards into Lake Michigan and allows to walk out into the lake. All this with a beautiful boathouse and shelter that provides a safe haven during storms that can regularly roll in.

Attractions include the stone Viking boathouse and other structures built by inventor Chester H. Thordarson, Native American artifacts, as well as Potawatomi Lighthouse (Wisconsin's oldest lighthouse). The island is a popular destination in the fall for deer hunters and in the winter for snowmobilers from nearby Washington Island. The park has campsites available and is a destination for daytrippers. Gladstone Ski Park is a nice local ski area, and Newport State Park is a nice place to go. Enjoys backpacking into camp and loving wildlife and nature.

Wisconsin's Oldest Lighthouse - Pottawatomie Lighthouse of Rock Island includes a visit to the lantern room to see the replica of the 4th Order Fresnel lens and to look north to St. Martin's Island in Michigan and northwest to Escanaba and the Upper Michigan Garden Peninsula.

Cars and even bikes are not allowed on the 912-acre island, making for an experience unlike any other Wisconsin state park. There are 10 miles of hiking trails, including a one-mile interpretive trail, a naturalist program, and 5,000 feet of beach.

Rock Island State Park Private Campgrounds and Camping Reservations.

Friends of Rock Island State Park

Rock Island State Park in the City of Washington Island - Door County (Northeast WI)


Rock Island State Park
1924 Indian Point Rd.
Washington Island, WI 54246-9728
United States
Washington Island Ferry Line: (920) 847-2546

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