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Rock Island State Park


The park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

The Rock Island Ferry runs Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day.


Two ferry rides are needed to reach Rock Island State Park. Take Wisconsin Highway 42 to its end at Northport, the tip of the Door County Peninsula. Take the Washington Island Ferry to Washington Island. The ferry carries people, vehicles, bicycles and freight. From the Washington Island ferry landing, travel across the island to the northeast side to the Rock Island ferry landing. Leave your vehicle or bike there and take the passengers-only Rock Island Ferry to Rock Island.

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


  • There are fees for both the Washington Island Ferry and the Rock Island Ferry.
  • There is a nightly fee of $1 per foot of boat length for all boats mooring overnight at Rock Island State Park. Dock space is limited and cannot be reserved.
  • Vehicle admission sticker is not required for the Rock Island ferry parking lot.
  • Camping in the Wisconsin State Park System.
  • Hunting and fishing licenses apply.

Learn about the property

Pottawatomie Lighthouse


Drinking water is available, but there is no camp store on the island. All supplies and equipment must be brought to the island. Firewood is sold on Rock Island. The Friends of Rock Island also sell T-shirts and other souvenirs.

    Management and planning

    For more information about planning for this property, see Property Master Plans.

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