Rock Island State Park (Wisconsin)

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Rock Island State Park
Wisconsin State Park
Rock Island Boathouse.JPG
Icelandic Boathouse in Rock Island State Park
Named for: Rock Island
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Door
Location Washington
 - coordinates 45°24′57″N 86°49′10″W / 45.41583°N 86.81944°W / 45.41583; -86.81944Coordinates: 45°24′57″N 86°49′10″W / 45.41583°N 86.81944°W / 45.41583; -86.81944
Area 912 acres (369 ha)
Founded 1965
Management Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location of Rock Island State Park in Wisconsin
Website: 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).

Activities and amenities[edit]

Attractions include the stone Viking boathouse and other structures built by inventor Chester H. Thordarson, Native American artifacts, as well as Pottawatomie Light (Wisconsin's oldest lighthouse). The island is a popular destination in the fall for deer hunters and in the winter for snowmobilers from nearby Washington Island. The park has campsites available and is a destination for daytrippers.[1]


In July 2010, the Midsummer's Music Festival became the first performing organization to present a professional chamber music concert on Rock Island in the Viking boathouse, an event that was repeated in July 2011.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Rock Island State Park: Activities and recreation". Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. September 3, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Staff Reporter (May 21, 2010). "Door County's Midsummer's Music Festival to celebrate 20 years with "Best of the Best" concerts beginning June 11th". Door County Style Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-06-15. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Pearson, Kathleen (May 25, 2011). "Midsummer's Music classical concert on Rock Island almost sold out!". Midsummer's Music. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Kastner, Stephen (July 22, 2011). "Classical music in the boathouse on Rock Island". Door County Style Magazine. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 

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