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Exploring Washington Island in September

September 9, 10, 11, 2011

We were here for  2 1/2 days and has some time to sight see on the island..  The weather was beautiful! The summer crowds were diminished and days were in the 70’s. Let’s get going!

Washington Island sign

A favorite spot is Schoolhouse Beach, one of the only beaches in the world whose shores are covered in smooth, white rocks.  It is illegal to take any rocks from the island.


Another great place is the Mountain Wayside Park. The big feature is a lookout tower, you can see Rock Island from up there. Lets go!



Some previous climbers were challenged by the hike up the stairs. The hike actually begins at the base quite a distance down. The view was well worth it! Washington Island is 5 miles from Wisconsin mainland in Door County.




Jackson Harbor had lots to see too. We got there just as the Ferry Karfi left to take tourists to Rock Island. Rock Island is in itself a state park, only accessible by boat. No bikes or cars allowed. We didn’t have the time to go, next time we will.


The Jackson Harbor Maritime Museum is here as well. A tranquil scene in the harbor.

Museum signMuseum



The Farm Museum is another great place to go. The have live animals and early farm equipment displays.


A third museum we went to was the Jacobsen Museum. In it is a lot is island history artifacts.

Little Lake Road signMuseumsign

Jacobsen Museum

The island has a lake called Little Lake a short walk from the museum on a trail. A peaceful place, all you could hear were crickets and red wing blackbirds in the late summer sun.

Little Lake

After a busy morning and early afternoon exploring, we went to Detroit Harbor to

have lunch at Island Pizza (yum!) and watch the Washington Island Car Ferry activity. We took a self-portrait by the docked ferry Eyrarbakki.

Island PizzaIsland Pizza sign

Al and Laurie Ferry

From the harbor  you can take Cherry Train Tours if you are limited to a day trip here. They take you many favorite points of interest on the island.

Cherry Train Tour

We had a great day, and remember, all roads on Washington island lead to fun!

To see more,  watch this great episode of  “Around the Corner with John McGivern”. He covers part of Door County we have not seen yet.

Washington Island


This very peaceful scene was a picture I took from the water on September 12, 2011.  We were on the Washington Island Car Ferry heading back to the mainland of Wisconsin.  Washington Island is 5 miles from the tip of Door County. The view is of Detroit Harbor on the island. My husband and I spent 2 nights on the island to attend a nephew’s wedding.  A slight flush of fall color is visible in the trees.  Here is the ferry, one we went by on the way back.


Door County is a special place in Wisconsin, the pace of life is slower here, especially on the island.  I will tell more of our visit soon.