Washington Island

Recreation

Biking and Mopeds.

Enjoy over 80 miles of paved roads providing scenic touring pleasure of the Island.  Bring your own or rent  Mopeds and bikes on the island.

Birding

The Island is a major flyway for birds.  Birders of all levels will enjoy the vast numbers of species that call Washington Island their year-round or seasonal home.  Opportunities to  learn more are available at the Art and Nature Center.

Boating, Fishing and Charters

Protected harbors offer small boats and fishermen many choices for seeking our panfish and record size smallmouth bass.  Northern Pike of large dimensions are also sought by fisherman who bring their boats to the waters surrounding Washington and its sister islands.  Public Boat launches are available in Jackson Harbor at the Rock Island State Dock and across from the Welcome Center in Detroit Harbor.  Trolling for Salmon in the deeper waters off Washington and Rock Islands is well known to provide good catches of fish and offer shelter from rougher waters as they offer many choice  locations depending on the wind direction.

Cast n’ Catch Charters: 

Serving Washington Island and Door County.  Cast N Catch Charters is based on the belief that our customers’ trips should be safe and filled with excitement.

Camping

Washington Island Campground LLC:

Offers private cabin rental, trailer rental  and park model rental. We have basic sites and sites with electric and water. Seasonal sites are available. Our relaxing community lodge has flush toilets, showers, laundry room and game room.

Rock Island State Park

Rock Island State Park offers primitive, walk-in camping. It has pit toilets in the campground and flush toilets in the picnic area.  No showers.   Garbage is collected at the dock and recycling is mandatory.
Maximum stay is 14 nights.
Pets are permitted in campsites 20 through 35 only

 

Golfing at Deer Run Golf Course

Deer Run Golf Course offers a challenging nine hole regulation course with numerous doglegs, challenging greens, a large pond, and wooded surroundings. It is open to the public 7 days a week. Gas and pull carts, rental clubs, a pro shop, and a pub are available for your convenience. Don’t be surprised if you see a deer or sandhill crane sharing the fairway with you.

Also, Adventure Island Miniature Golf is the perfect family entertainment activity with 18 holes ,built from natural stones from the Island.

Check out the “accommodation section” for a chance to stay right on Deer Run Golf Course.

Rock Island State Park

Rock Island State Park is a state park of Wisconsin, United States, located on Rock Island in Lake Michigan off the tip of the Door Peninsula. The only public transportation to the island is by the passenger ferry Karfi  from Washington Island.  However, there is mooring/dock space for people with their own boats, and during winter the island is accessible via snowmobile and foot traffic. No “wheeled vehicles” (cars, all-terrain vehicles, bicycles, etc.) are allowed to be brought onto the island by visitors (although park staff use them routinely).

Pottawatomie Lighthouse is Wisconsin’s Oldest Lighthouse!

The Light station on the north end of Rock Island is the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin. It has been restored as a live-in museum to what it was in its 1910 era. Docents live in the lighthouse from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day each year, giving tours from 10 am – 4 pm daily. Tours include 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. Pottawatomie Lighthouse is a 2-flat with living quarters for the Head Keeper on the main floor and for the Assistant Keeper and his family on the second floor. One unique feature of this lighthouse is that every room has a large closet which was very uncommon for homes built in 1858. Besides tours, the museum has a gift shop with Rock Island and Lighthouse clothing and souvenirs. Donations for tours are gratefully accepted in the Summer Kitchen.

 

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