lighthouseTake a trip out of the ordinary when you visit beautiful Rock Island State Park. This primitive, 912-acre island, situated northeast of Washington Island in Lake Michigan, offers hiking trails, the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin and miles of beaches. Vehicles are not allowed on the island, making it a unique Wisconsin State Park experience. For your convenience, we’ve answered many common questions here.


STEP 1: Ferry to Washington Island

If your journey begins at the tip of Door County’s penninsula, you will first need to take the ferry to Washington Island. Allow yourself a minimum of 1 hour to ride the Washington Island Ferry to Washington Island and then drive across Washington Island to the Karfi Ferry dock.

Washington Island Ferry

STEP 2: Karfi Ferry to Rock Island

The below schedule lists times for the Karfi Ferry which travels between Washington Island and Rock Island.


Our schedule changes throughout the year; please make sure you are looking at the correct season for your visit.

Driving Directions

The drive from the Washington Island Ferry Terminal at Detroit Harbor to the Karfi dock at Jackson Harbor follows County Road W across Washington Island about 8.4 miles and should take about 20 minutes. Signs direct you to the Karfi dock. Allow time for parking your car (parking is free!) and unloading before boarding the passengers-only Karfi. Public transportation is not available from Detroit Harbor to the Karfi dock.

Karfi Ferry docked at Rock IslandKarfi Ferry at Rock Island

boathouseRock Island boathouse

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