Gills Rock, Wisconsin

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Gills Rock, Wisconsin
Looking north at downtown Gills Rock
Looking north at downtown Gills Rock
Gills Rock is located in Wisconsin
Gills Rock
Location within the state of Wisconsin
Coordinates: 45°17′24″N 87°01′18″W / 45.29000°N 87.02167°W / 45.29000; -87.02167Coordinates: 45°17′24″N 87°01′18″W / 45.29000°N 87.02167°W / 45.29000; -87.02167
Country United States
State Wisconsin
TownLiberty Grove
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)920

Gills Rock is an unincorporated community located on Highway 42 at the northern tip of the Door Peninsula in Door County, Wisconsin, United States.[1] It is within the town of Liberty Grove and was formerly known as Hedgehog Harbor.


The area was named for Elias Gill, a local 19th century landowner.

Gills Rock has a strong history and tradition of commercial fishing, which continues to this day.[2] Death's Door Maritime Museum is located there.[3] The area is also popular with scuba divers who explore the many shipwrecks in and around Death's Door, the narrow strait connecting Lake Michigan to Green Bay, also known as Porte des Morts. The Pilot Island Light is located on Pilot Island near Gills Rock.

Gills Rock is also the departure point of a ferry to Washington Island.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

The town is the birthplace of fictional character Gwen Raiden from the TV series Angel.


Gibraltar Area Schools serves the community. Gibraltar Elementary School and Gibraltar Secondary School are the two schools.[5]



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