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2015 Docent Opportunities

Rock Island offers two opportunities to volunteer as park docents.  We need Lighthouse docents and Boathouse docents who also serve as campground hosts.  The form to apply for one or both docent opportunities is now available by clicking here.  Before applying as a volunteer, be sure to review the appropriate docent guide to learn what is expected and the duties of the jobs.  Click here to read the Lighthouse Docent Guide and here to read the campground host manual and here to read the Boathouse Docent Guide.   More information about the Lighthouse Docent job is available on the Projects  & Events menu under Lighthouse Tours & Live-In Docents.


Applications are due to Randy Spevacek by December 31, 2014.  Docents will be selected for both summer 2015 positions in early March, 2015.


Summer Picnic 2014 Best Yet!

The FORI Summer Picnic was the most successful event in five years of picnics on the July 4th holiday weekend!  The weather was fabulous and the money raised from food and merchandise sales as well as silent auction bids outpaced previous years' fundraising efforts.


Volunteers besides Board members made setup and operation of the concessions a snap.  Thanks go out to Tina and Gary Jacoby and the Bowman family for their expert assistance at the food concession and with the balloon launch game on the lawn.  Kudos to Greg Koelpien , Rick Simmons and Jude Koehn who assisted with setup of the silent auction in the Boathouse.


FORI has set the date for the 2015 picnic for Saturday, July 4th.  Plan to visit the park that day to take part in a fun time on Rock Island.


New Rock Island Merchandise

FORI is offering new items at Rock Island's contact station and at the Pottawatomie Lighthouse.  Hiking staffs and Rock Island medallions were added to the inventory along with aluminum water bottles with the FORI logo.  Fill one up at the well for the walk back to the boat dock or campground.  Backpacks that are perfect for carrying supplies and snacks for hiking around the island can be purchased at the Lighthouse shop too.  White T-shirts with a sun-sensitive colored lighthouse drawing will continue to be available.  Checkout more details on our Memberships and Merchandise page.  Don't forget to bring your wallet and/or checkbook when you visit Rock Island!


Membership Fees

Fees to join FORI have been increased $5 for both individual and family memberships.  A new Friend for Life membership option is now available.  See our Membership & Merchandise page for more information.


Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder knows Rock Island State Park

Got an iPhone or iPod Touch?  Download the free Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app from the Apple iTunes App store or 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