Washington Island:
Wisconsin's Island Getaway

Death’s Door is Just the Start of the Adventure on Washington Island

Washington Island is your destination for adventure in Door County. It starts with a five-mile ferry ride across the once-treacherous waters of Death’s Door, where Green Bay and Lake Michigan meet. Once ashore, embark on a tour of one-of-a-kind shopping and eating hosted by the 600 one-of-a-kind residents who call the island home.

Here you’ll find Schoolhouse Beach, which could make a strong case as the most beautiful stone beach in Door County. Music and theater performances, quirky traditions, and lavender farms are all part of the experience. Those looking for another step removed can take their journey to remote Rock Island State Park. Learn more at

Washington Island Restaurants

Restaurants on Washington Island

As you might expect on an island, fish is a staple on menus here, whether it’s boiled, fried, broiled, or grilled. It’s all fresh and all served in family-owned taverns, fine restaurants, and family drive-ins. Mix with the hearty year-round residents at the community coffee klatch and eat local in a place where you almost have to.

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Things to Do on Washington Island

You’ve got to visit Schoolhouse Beach; don’t debate. Those in for a climb should head to the Mountain Park tower for a stunning 360-degree view of the island and surrounding waters. Eat a lawyer (really, sort of) or visit the Sievers School of Fiber Arts.  Play a round of golf at the Deer Run Golf Course.

Take the Karfi Ferry to Rock Island for a visit to a beautiful sand beach, primitive walk-in camping, hiking trails, a trip to Wisconsin’s oldest lighthouse, and a tour of the majestic Thordarson Boathouse. Or just leave your stress on the mainland and relax.

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Washington Island Insider

Insider Washington Island

History of Death's Door

So where does the name Door County come from? You can trace it to the area’s most dangerous, mythical feature - Porte des Morts, or as it’s now called, Death’s Door...

5 Must-Dos in Washington Island

Captured in Washington Island

Whether it’s the expanse of Schoolhouse Beach, the bluffs of Rock Island, or stunning architecture like the Thordarson Boathouse or the Stavkirke, you’ll be busting out your lens to Capture Door County here. Submit your pictures of Washington Island for a chance to be published.

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Some clouds and possibly an isolated thunderstorm this afternoon. High 71F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

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