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FORI Volunteers Rock!
Over 30 volunteers helped clean up the park, the boathouse and the lighthouse on Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th! Friends loaded cut firewood, hauled it to the woodlot and then stacked it for sale to campers throughout the park season. They did spring cleaning chores at the boathouse, lighthouse and campground host trailer, getting them ready for docents and visitors who arrived on opening weekend. They policed campsites for downed branches, and trash, even cleaning campground latrines and the flush toilets building! FORI thanks everyone who found time in their busy schedules to make time for Rock Island State Park!
New Well at the Lighthouse
Weather and logistics permitting, a new state of the art well will be installed at the Lighthouse on Tuesday, May 26th. The well will have a solar powered pump such that users will only have to turn the spigot to get water. Docents who have had to hand pump all of their water for the past 10 seasons at the live-in museum will be thrilled to fill their water jugs so easily. The well power depends on the sun, so on cloudy days, there may not be available water.
Smart docents will be prepared for that eventuality. The Lighthouse will be closed beginning Tuesday until the well installation and clean-up are completed.
The current hand pump was installed over 100 years ago in 1912. It is an historic event to have a new well that will hopefully last another 100 years!
Summer Picnic 2015 on July 4th
The FORI Summer Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, July 4th this season. FORI volunteers will once again be offering lunch deals and a silent auction to raise funds in support of the park. FORI efforts are focused on raising money to refurbish the deck at the Boathouse. We are calling our campaign 'Dollars for Decking.' Plan to visit the park that day to take part in a fun time on Rock Island and to do your part in supporting your favorite park.
New Rock Island Merchandise
The gift store at the Pottawatomie Lighthouse is stocked with lots of fun merchandise that you will want to have! New t-shirts in adult and youth sizes come in exciting colors. New postcards, pins, bumper stickers, hiking stick medallions and park patches make a stop at the store pretty exciting. Our new 2015-2016 16th month calendar of Rock Island pictures will help us raise Dollars for Decking at the Boathouse. Be sure to get yours this summer when you visit the park.
Memberships renew in June each year, so please renew your membership for 2015 now. See our Membership & Merchandise page for membership options.
Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder knows Rock Island State Park
Got a smart phone? Download the free Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app from http://www.ohranger.com/app/parkfinder and keep info about Rock Island really close at hand.
2015 Docent OpportunitiesDocents have been selected to serve this summer at Rock Island. Watch here next Fall to learn about opportunities for docenting in 2016.
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