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Show Rock Island Your Love on Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, Novmber 30th, you can show your love for Rock Island State Park by donating to FORI on Facebook.  Click on the Donate link above and use your credit card to make a donation on Giving Tuesday.  Facebook is matching many of the donations made that day, especially those made at 7am CT.  With your monetary support, we can help keep the park in great shape into the future.


Rock Island State Park Closes for the 2021 camping season on Monday, October 11th, 2021

The Karfi ferry stops running on Monday, October 11th, so that is the end of the camping season at the park.  It has been a banner year at Rock Island with more visitors and campers than ever before.  Thanks to everyone who experienced this special place this year!  We hope to see you all again next year!


FORI Receives 2021 HERO Award

The Board of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has named FORI a HERO as an Outstandind Organization of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks! 


Patty Loosen, Executive Director of FWSP said, "Your group received several nominations for the award and the nominations indicated special recognition for all of the work and dedication by your group in supporting the park during the last couple of years - in particular with such an increase in visitation. It was also noted that your group has been successful in fundraising for and completing many park enhancements over the years."


We are proud to be recognized in this way and look forward to helping Rock Island even more in the future!


Rock Island State Park Receives Gold Seal Award

Rock Island State Park was awarded a 2021 Gold Seal Award by the DNR for being best park for viewing small wildlife!


View the announcement of both awards here:  Gold Seal and Hero Winners Announced - Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (


2021 Calendar of Events

The FORI Board set our annual events calendar at our Spring Board meeting on April 25th.  See the Calendar tab above to see what's planned at Rock Island so far for 2021.

FORI Board Gifts $25,000 to DNR for Rock Island Dock Assessment

At their Winter Board meeting on February 7, 2021, the Board of the Friends of Rock Island State Park, Inc. voted to gift $25,000 in donations to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources towards the restoration of the Rock Island boat dock.  This gift will help fund the project to replace the failing dock and upgrade protection from the damaging effects of the lake in future.


The dock was repaired for the 2021 park season and we continue to do fundraising for the new dock and other parts of this DNR project. If you are interested in helping to fund our dock project, you may make donations online with credit card or PayPal on our Facebook page at:  (1) Friends of Rock Island | Facebook or you may send checks to:  FORI at 1924 Indian Point Rd, Washington Island, WI 54246.  If you have questions about donating, please email us at:




Mailorder Merchandise Available

You can order Rock Island State Park souvenir ornaments, stickers, magnets and patches by mailorder.   Complete the order form here and mail it with your check to Jim Johnston.  There are 7 vinyl stickers, 2 wooden magnets and an embroidered patch available to purchase this way.

Cell Phone Service on Rock Island

Cell service works well on Cellcom and U.S. Cellular phones. Service from other providers such as Verizon, Consumer Cellular,and Sprint is available in some areas of the island as well.  Most other providers do not offer service on Rock Island.  Please plan for this when you visit the park.

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