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Washington Island, WI

About Washington IslandSix miles off the tip of the Door Peninsula, Washington Island is surrounded by the waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay. More than 200 years ago Potawatomi Indians inhabited the island. The tribe almost was destroyed by a sudden, severe squall that swamped the canoes of a war party as it crossed what is now known as Death's Door Strait, en route to the mainland.

The island's population is predominantly Scandinavian and constitutes the oldest Icelandic settlement in the United States. It is reached by daily ferry service from the Northport Pier, 2 miles east of Gills Rock on SR 42; phone (800) 223-2094. For narrated sightseeing tram tours of the island, board at the Washington Island dock. Providers include the Cherry Train, (920) 847-2546 or (800) 223-2094; and the Viking Tour Train, (920) 854-2972. Passenger excursion service to Rock Island State Park also is offered late May to mid-October.

Washington Island is in Wisconsin's Door County, a popular vacation destination .

Visitor Centers Washington Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center 264 Lobdell Point Rd. Washington Island, WI . Phone:(920)847-2179

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Washington Island, WI

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