Leave your car (and bike) at home—they're strictly prohibited at Rock Island State Park. The best way to experience the island is good old foot travel. Ten miles of hiking and interpretive trails and a beautiful stretch of beach won't disappoint.

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Expert Review of Rock Island State Park

Active and Adventure Review of Rock Island State Park

Away Travel Expert: Brian Kevin
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ActiveExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Canoeing,Day Hiking,Sea Kayaking,Snowshoeing,Walking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Getting to Rock Island is a dual-ferry affair. Visitors must first take the car-ferry to Washington Island from Northpoint. Then, cross Washington Island to reach the Rock Island Ferry at Jackson Harbor. There are no cars or bikes allowed on Rock Island. There are also no services whatsoever, so bring what you'll need to explore or camp.
  • Avoid the ferry by paddling to Rock Island; from Jackson Harbor, it's a short half-mile or so. Circumventing the island also makes for a solid afternoon of paddling.
  • Ten miles of hiking trails crisscross the island, including a popular 1.5-mile route to the Pottawatomie Lighthouse, the state's oldest.

Rte. 1, Box 118A
Washington Island, Wisconsin 54246

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 920-847-2235
Transportation: Via Rock Island Ferry on Washington Island
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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