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FORI Summer Picnic & Silent Auction July 2nd, 2016

The annual fundraiser Bar-B-Q lunch and Silent Auction is happening on Saturday, July 2nd.  Brats, burgers and hotdogs are on the menu and a meal deal is available that includes a sandwich, chips, dessert and a beverage for one fantastic price.  This is the only day of the year when food is for sale on Rocl Island!  Shop the Silent Auction in the Boathouse all day from 11am-2:30pm and score some winning bids on lots of nautical, outdoors, fine and fabric art, jewelry, camping gear, kids toys, beach stuff, wine collections,etc.  There is something for everyone!


Many Washington Island and Door County businesses have donated to this year's auction.  Special mention goes to the Washington Island Ferry Line, Mann's Store, Nicolet Bank, Island Style, Island Pizza, The Danish Mill, Trueblood Performing Arts Center, Sievers School of Fiber Arts, The Red Cup, Fair Isle Books, Charlie's Smokehouse, and Orchard Country Winery.


Members of the FORI Board as well as others who support Rock Island have also generously donated items for auction this year!


Our fundraising results in great things for Rock Island, so we put our hearts and souls into it!  We need your help to make our 2016 picnic a success.  Come on over to the Rock and enjoy a beautiful day among Friends.


Ranger Randy's Retirement Party

FORI hosted a dinner party in Randy Holm's honor on May 13th at the Holiday Inn on Washington Island.   Many friends joined Randy for this special event.  We hope he knows how much his service at Rock Island meant to us and the park.

Ranger Randy Retired


Bridge Out at Sturgeon Bay

As you plan your trip to Rock Island this year, be aware that the Bayview Bridge in Sturgeon Bay is closed until July 4th, 2016. The detour takes you through downtown Sturgeon Bay, so allow more time for travel to make the ferry schedules.

View the detour map here:


Docent Opportunities

Docents for the 2016 park season have been selected, however, you may complete a docent application anytime for the 2017 season.  There are opportunities to be docents at the Pottawatomie Lighthouse or at the Thordarson Boathouse.  Click here to download the Docent Application.  Be sure to indicate which docent program you are interested in or both.  Selections will be announced the following spring.

Lighthouse docent duties are explained here.  A boathouse docent guide is being prepared and will be available later.

New Solar Pump at Lighthouse

A new well was drilled at the Pottawatomie Lighthouse this past summer and it was topped off with a solar powered pump.  It will be in use in summer 2016.  The new well replaced the original well drilled in the early 1900's.


Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder knows Rock Island State Park

Got a smart phone?  Download the free Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app from and keep info about Rock Island really close at hand. 


Pottawatomie Lighthouse is Wisconsin's Oldest Lighthouse!

The Lightstation on the north end of Rock Island is the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin.  It has been restored as a live-in museum to what it was in its 1910 era.  Docents live in the lighthouse from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day each year, giving tours from 10am-4pm daily.  Tours include a visit to the lantern room to see the replica of the 4th Order Fresnel lens and to look north to St. Martin's Island in Michigan and northwest to Escanaba and the Upper Michigan Garden Peninsula.  Pottawatomie Lighthouse is a 2-flat with living quarters for the Head Keeper on the main floor and for the Assistant Keeper and his family on the second floor.  One unique feature of this lighthouse is that every room has a large closet which was very uncommon for homes built in 1858.  Besides tours, the museum has a gift shop with Rock Island and Lighthouse clothing and souvenirs.  Donations for tours are gratefully accepted in the Summer Kitchen.  


Other News:  See our News page for information on the In Wisconsin TV segments featuring Rock Island State Park and the Pottawatomie Lighthouse