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Rock Island State Park
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
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Icelandic Boathouse in Rock Island State Park
Rock Island State Park is located in Wisconsin
Rock Island State Park
Rock Island State Park
Location in Wisconsin
Rock Island State Park is located in the United States
Rock Island State Park
Rock Island State Park
Location in the United States
Location Door, Wisconsin, United States
Area 912 acres (369 ha)
Established 1965
Named for Rock Island
Governing body Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Website Rock Island State Park

Rock Island State Park is a state park of the state of Wisconsin, in the 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 and 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) are allowed to be brought onto the island by visitors, although park staff use them routinely.

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Attractions include the stone Viking boathouse and other structures including a historic water tower built by inventor Chester H. Thordarson in what is now known as the Thordarson Estate Historic District, Native American artifacts, as well as Pottawatomie Light, which is Wisconsin's oldest lighthouse. The island is a 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 day trippers.


In July 2010, the Midsummer's Music Festival became the first performing organization to present a professional chamber music concert on Rock Island in the Viking boathouse, an event that was repeated in July 2011.

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