New! Washington Island Parks Pass
A Parks Pass is now required to visit all Town parks on Washington Island. The Island offers beautiful parks featuring unique beaches, breath taking lookouts and scenic trails. The Parks Pass is a user fee to help offset the cost of maintaining the parks. Costs include providing services such as trash removal, cleaning facilities and beaches, purchasing equipment and supporting preservation. Visit washingtonislandparks.com to learn more about the parks, the Parks Pass and to buy your passes today!
The pass covers the following parks:
– Gislason Beach
– Heritage Trail
– Jill J.J. Jorgenson Memorial Park
– Jackson Harbor Ridges and Carlin’s Point entrance of the Ridges
– Little Lake
– Mountain Tower (temporarily closed)
– People’s Park
– Sand Dunes Park
– School House Beach
PERCY JOHNSON COUNTY PARK (Park Pass NOT Required)
Enjoy this lovely beach area with a view of Hog Island while enjoying a picnic in the only Door County Park on the Island. Ample picnic tables and grills are available.
JACKSON HARBOR RIDGES
The Ridges, a State of Wisconsin Scientific Area, is an outstanding example of beach, dune, boreal and shore meadow communities. Information about the Ridges and its program is posted on the bulletin board at the gate. The nature trail is open daily for nature study, photography and walking.
MOUNTAIN PARK & LOOKOUT TOWER
Climb 186 steps to the top of the Island and enjoy majestic views of the land and water! Great photo opportunities year-round. Picnic tables available for your enjoyment at street level.
After looking for herons at Little Lake and visiting the Jacobsen Museum, stop by the nearby Peoples Park to have your lunch on one of the picnic tables while admiring the scenic overlook of Green Bay.
RED BARN PARK/GISLASON PUBLIC BEACH
Alcohol-free park includes playground, picnic area, grills, trails, benches on the beach. The Red Barn offers summer events: Thurs. 7:00 pm – Family Storytime; Fri. – Live Entertainment! Local & visiting artists perform original music and theatrical events.
SAND DUNES PARK
No campfires. Picnic lunches permitted.
Schoolhouse Beach is one of five beaches in the world like it and is a part of the Niagara Escarpment. A protected harbor area and the Island’s original shipping port. Excellent swimming in a marked area with a diving raft. A favorite area for picnics. Picnic tables and grills amidst a breathtaking setting. Don’t care to swim? Great area for photos, too!