Washington Island is a year-round island community located approximately 5 miles off the northeast tip of the Door Peninsula in Door County, Wisconsin.  The Town of Washington includes five other Islands in this watery neighborhood.  They include: Plum Island, Detroit Island, Hog Island, Pilot Island and Rock Island, a 900-acre island and Wisconsin’s only State Park on an island.

Washington Island is the largest of the 30 islands in Door County, Wisconsin.   With a landmass of approximately 35 square miles, Washington Island is the only island community with a year round resident population and its’ own economy. The community has over 100 miles of paved roads.  Visitors are advised to bring their vehicles for transportation on the Island.  The local economy is comprised of several industries including hospitality, retail, construction, farming, logging and commercial fishing.  As a popular retreat for visitors since the late 1800′s, many descendants still call Washington Island their summer home and tourism is the largest industry on Washington Island.

 

Helpful Links

Washington Island Ferry Line • http://www.wisferry.com

Year round ferry service from Northport Pier, Highway 42, just east of Gill’s Rock. Carrying passengers, vehicles and freight.

Washington Island Chamber of Commerce • http://washingtonisland-wi.com

The Washington Island Chamber of Commerce (WICC) is dedicated to providing services to visitors for over 70 years.  It is one of the oldest chambers/business associations in Door County, Wisconsin.  The WICC staffs the Island’s Welcome Center and the Northport Information booth which provides assitance and information to visitors.

Town of Washington Island • http://www.washingtonisland-wi.gov

Town government information for residents, visitors, and businesses alike. The calendar, meeting agendas and minutes, and other pages are updated on a regular basis.

Washington Island App • http://www.washingtonislandapp.com

Your mobile travel guide to restaurants, shopping, lodging, beaches, arts, includes a business phone directory, event calendar, ferry schedules and more!

Washington Island Observerhttp://www.washingtonislandobserver.com

The Washington Island Observer is an award-winning community newspaper serving Washington Island, Wisconsin, since 1979, providing local news and community information, as well as advertising for Island and Door County businesses and charitable organizations. Published weekly during the summer and every two weeks during the rest of the year.

Door County Visitor Bureau • http://www.doorcounty.com

Welcome to Door County, Wisconsin — a vacation destination truly “like nowhere else.” With more than 300 miles of spectacular shoreline and five majestic state parks, Door County is a four-season, outdoor recreation and pleasure lover’s dream come true. If you enjoy history, discovery and fun, Door County is home to 11 lighthouses, unique communities, performing arts, entertainment, music, boutiques, galleries and mouth-watering cuisine — from gourmet to casual, formal to waterfront easy.

 

ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

Island Players • http://www.islandplayers.org

Since 1984, Island Players has served Washington Island as a non-profit community theater, the smallest one of its kind in Wisconsin. Over those twenty-five years, the Players have produced full-length plays and musical productions, sponsored workshops and informal play readings, and have provided a variety of activities for youth, including a summer acting camp and programs in the public school.

The Red Barn • https://www.facebook.com/Outattheredbarn

The Red Barn offers local and visiting artists who perform country, jazz, gospel, original music and theatrical events. This is an alcohol-free park.

Sievers School • http://www.sieversschool.com

Sievers School of Fiber Arts is an internationally known, three-season visual arts and crafts school ‘north of the tension line’ on beautiful Washington Island in Door County, WI.Founded in 1979, Sievers has maintained a reputation for its outstanding faculty, small class size, and a special kind of place — where people come together in a nourishing environment to discover or refresh their creative spirit.

Washington Island Art Association • http://www.washingtonislandarts.com

Washington Island Art Association (WIAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing high quality workshops to its members in the unspoiled natural beauty of Door County, Wisconsin’s Washington Island. 

Washington Island Art & Nature Centerhttp://www.wianc.org

The Washington Island Art and Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the creative arts, providing a sales outlet for Island artists and craftsmen, and directing nature study programs with special emphasis on youth education. 

Washington Island Music Festival • http://washingtonislandmusicfestival.com/

Every year in August, Washington Island welcomes it’s Music Festival, a series of concerts led by Artistic Director Stephen Colburn, principal oboist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. World-class musicians donate their talents to the Festival, spending two weeks living and performing on the Island and establishing strong ties to the community.