We took the ferry from Northport, Wisconsin over to Washington Island today. The cost for two people and the car was $53. They have a cheaper ticket if you want to go over without the car and take the Cherry Train Tour. We wanted to be able to drive all over the island and explore it by car. We visited incredible lavender farms, we had awesome burgers at the famous Albatross outside restaurant. We visited School House Beach and put our feet into Lake Michigan. This beach is incredible, it is a pebble beach where all the rocks are smooth as a baby’s behind. They have signs telling you if you take one of them, it’s $250 per rock. This beach is a "must see" if you are in this area.
We also spotted three lighthouses on the way over by ferry. One was way off, I am still trying to find more information on it. I will be adding more about the lighthouses later. We had a list of 17 things to see and do on the island, we saw most of them. We even checked out the campground for future visits.
One of the earliest immigrant settlements in Wisconsin. The town dates back to 1865. Icelandic and other Scandinavian immigrants made this island their home. Before these times the Island was populated by American Indians. Long known for abundant fish in the waters surrounding the island, it is also well known for some of the most treacherous water conditions on Lake Michigan. Hundreds of wooden shipwrecks are located here and your passage to the island takes you thru port des mortes or Deaths Door.
This area is popular with scuba divers checking out the wreckage from all those old ships. It was a “WOWSER” day for sure, we had a wonderful time and highly recommend Washington Island to all our readers. Check back later for more from Door County.