Washington Island

Directions & Travel Information

Washington Island is located about 5 miles off the Northern tip of the Door County Peninsula of North East Wisconsin. The island is approximately 85 miles Northeast of Green Bay and less than 300 miles from Chicago, IL.

Driving directions from Chicago: Head north on I-94 toward Milwaukee. Continue on I-43N towards Green Bay, Exit 185 to merge onto WI54/57 toward Sturgeon Bay, WI. Continue on WI-42 to Northport Pier for Car and Passenger traffic and Gills Rock, WI for passenger only Ferry.

The closest larger commercial airport is Austin Straubel Airport in Green Bay, WI.

Map of Washington Island

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Ferries to Washington Island

Washington Island Ferryline

Operates year-round and hauls cars, trucks, rvs, trailers, basically anything that can go down the highway can be put on their decks. Their Schedule/Rates varies throughout the year.

Island Clipper to Washington Island

Operated by Captain Charles Voight, the Island Clipper departs Gills Rock at the tip of the Door Peninsula and carries visitors through island-studded waters to picturesque Washington Island. The 65 ft., 149 seat all-weather craft, with the latest in safety and navigational equipment, makes the seven mile, 20 minute trip relaxing and enjoyable with comfort seating and narration of your voyage through Porte Des Morts (Death’s Door) by Captain Voight. Enjoy the view of two of Door County’s famous lighthouses on Pilot Island and Plum Island. Schedule/Rates

Transportation on the Island

Washington Island has over 80 miles of public roads. Its points of interest are not all clustered in the ferry area and our center of town is approximately 3 miles inland. Please consider that walking around the island is not an option. If you are not bringing your own transportation over there are several options.


Moped Rentals and bike rentals at the Island Clipper dock on Washington Island. Also a short walk from the Washington Island ferry landing.

Bike Rentals from Mann’s Mercantile.


Shuttle Service, on and off transportation, please contact:  Island Shuttle LLC 920-535-0617.
Island Shuttle A

Tour Trains

Viking Train  Once you’re on the Island, take a guided 90-minute tour. The Viking Train stops at four points of interest. Stay at any stop and board a later train for your convenience!


Cherry Train Tours  Enjoy our tour of Washington Island, up to 2 hours in length with three selected stops along the way. Learn island history and living folklore and legends, accompanied by your expert tour guide.
cherry train