Q: Do I need my car on the Island?
A: Yes. There are over 100 miles of paved roads on Washington Island. Some distances from the main ferry dock are: Downtown is 3 miles; Jackson Harbor (Karfi to Rock Island) 8 miles; Jacobsen Museum 7 miles; Schoolhouse Beach 6.5 miles. Please note: Washington Island’s businesses are located throughout the Island and while the Downtown area does have some businesses, most lodging, restaurants, retail, museums, parks and beaches etc., are located all over the 35 sq. miles area. (click on Island Map for overview of Washington Island). Tour trains are available to select locations within their route schedule.
Q: Are there places to stay on the Island?
A: Yes. Please “click” on our “Accommodations” section on the menu bar. Also check out the complete “Business Directory” for restaurants, shopping, museums, entertainment, and more!
Q: Why do I need a Parks Pass to visit the Island parks?
A: 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!
Q: Is there a bike or moped rental on the Island?
A: Yes. There are several retail bike rentals – and a moped rental – located on the Island. Visit the Welcome Center (on Lobdell Point Road approximately 300 feet from the Ferry Dock) for more information.
Q: When is the Island “Open”?
A: Washington Island is always open and is a year round community. Check out the Washington Island Ferryline schedule (www.wisferry.com) for dates and times to make your trip across any time of year. Winter ferry reservations required from December 20 to March 31 – all other seasons are served on first come/first serve basis.
Q: How can I find out more about Washington Island?
A: Contact the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce to plan your visit to Washington Island. Click on the brochure icon below for a brochure/map or contact us through email.
Write: Washington Island Chamber of Commerce
2206 West Harbor Road
Washington Island, WI 54246