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Firewood Notice: Firewood is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park, Trail or Forest properties from more than 10 miles away from the destination campground, unless it is certified by WI DATCP. The certified wood has been processed to kill harmful pests and diseases they may have hidden inside.
In addition, firewood that has been in a Wisconsin EAB quarantined area is not allowed on properties outside of the quarantined area. Please buy firewood nearby or at the property you are going to. Call the DNR toll-free Firewood Hotline 1-877-303-WOOD (9663) for information before packing for a trip.

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Status: Open year round.
Max reservation window: Mon May 02 2016


Take the ferry (Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day) to this primitive Lake Michigan island. Stone buildings, built by a wealthy inventor who owned the island between 1910 and 1945, house exhibits.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Pit Toilet
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Water Drinking
Alerts and Important Information
Park is open 1st come / 1st served all other dates, however, customer is responsible for arranging their own transportation to the island.

The reservation dates, and dates of scheduled Ferry service to the island, are the same.

Rock Island State Park offers primitive, walk-in camping.
Rock Island 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

For information regarding hunting in Wisconsin State Parks follow this link to the DNR web site Click here for more information

About the Admission fees, please Click Here for reference.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.41667, -86.82083
45°25'0"N, 86°49'15"W

Located north of Sturgeon Bay, take either Hwy 57 (less congested), or Hwy 42, to Northport (2 miles beyond Gill`s Rock). Take 1/2 hour ride on the Washington Island Ferry to Washington Island. Using the map printed inside of your ferry schedule, drive 9 miles across Washington Island (20 minutes) to the Rock Island parking lot, located at Jackson Harbor on Washington Island. Take the Rock Island Ferry to Rock Island.

The Rock Island Ferry transports foot passengers only, no vehicles and beware of timing!

For Ferry information: please call 1-800-223-2094.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

1924 Indian Pt. Rd.

Phone Number:

Project Office: (920)847-2235