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Rock Island State Park
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Rock Island State Park Rangers Residence © PAULA MC CONNELL
Structure seen on route to the lighthouse. Built of dolomite cobble.
Rock Island State Park View from stairs at lighthouse © PAULA MC CONNELL
Photo taken from the top of the steps leading down to the beach from the lighthouse. the water is crystal clear.
Rock Island State Park Cave at site 17 © Brittany Byrnes
This cave is located right under site 17
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1924 Indian Point Rd.
Washington Island, Wisconsin   54246

Phone: 920-847-2235
Reservations: 920-847-2235
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Take the ferry Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day to this primitive island off the tip of the Door County peninsula in Lake Michigan. Stone buildings, built by a wealthy inventor who owned the island between 1910 and 1945, house exhibits.

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 has 40 campsites, all of which are reservable exit DNR. Pit toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings are provided there is drinking water near the dock and boathouse. Firewood is for sale at $5.50 a rick. There are no carts or equipment for hauling camper supplies and equipment.
A Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required on all motor vehicles stopping in state parks, forests and recreation areas, please visit the VEHICLE ADMISSION STICKERS web page.
Anglers can enjoy shoreline and boat fishing in the park's waters, targeting species like smallmouth bass, northern pike, and walleye. Perch and other panfish are also abundant for those seeking a variety of catches. Fishing is accessible year-round with ice-fishing opportunities during winter months when conditions permit.

Rock Island State Park in Wisconsin offers scenic picnic areas with tables and grills, surrounded by natural beauty. No vehicles allowed; access is via ferry or private boat to the island, ensuring a peaceful experience. Beachside picnicking provides stunning lake views while you dine al fresco. Hike to find your perfect spot among historic sites and forested trails for a secluded meal outdoors. Remember: carry-in/carry-out policy helps preserve the park's pristine condition for all visitors.

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Washington Island Camping Retreat
745 Eastside Road
Washington Island, WI
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Take Wisconsin Highway 42 to its end at Northport, the tip of the Door County peninsula. Take the Washington Island Ferry (exit DNR) to Washington Island. The ferry carries people, vehicles, bicycles, and freight. Take County Highway W to the opposite end of Washington Island. Leave your vehicle or bike there and take the passengers-only Rock Island Ferry to Rock Island. There are fees for both ferries.

Visitors may take their boats to Rock Island, but caution is urged since Lake Michigan and Green Bay can be hazardous due to reefs and storms. There is a fee for all boats mooring overnight at Rock Island:

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