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Rock Island State Park, Wisconsin

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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 amenitiesAttractions 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.
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  • Regular ferry service made it easy to enjoy hiking on the island. The former owner's "boathouse" was quite unique and interesting.  more »
  • Good online booking service; you arrive by ferry service and then you adapt to life by campers enjoying the beauties of this small island on Lake Michigan troubled by an intense cold and icy in the winter season sparks for a few months a year. There are plots closer to the landing and further afield and isolated for privacy lovers by nature made of lush trees, raspberry plants-everywhere-clearings, cliffs, beaches, some wildlife that doesn't disdain requests to humans. The visit to the Lighthouse is a must as well as walks.
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  • Restored light house with guides is a must see. Hike the 40 minutes to the light house on easy to moderate trail. Take lunch with you and enjoy the tour and quiet of the island. A wonderful way to spe...  more »

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7 days in Door County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Door County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Door County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Washington Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Washington Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Washington Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Washington Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Door County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Door County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, teens, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Door County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Door County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Door County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
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