Washington Island is connected to Door County by ferry. The six mile straight between the land masses connects Green Bay and Lake Michigan and can be very turbulent, hence the name “Death’s Door”. Washington Island is one of the oldest and the largest Icelandic settlements outside of Iceland. It is home to fishermen and artists – weavers, potters and painters.
Schoolhouse Beach is a popular swimming spot. The beach is covered with white round stones, limestone that was tumbled smooth by the lake.
Jackson Harbor Maritime Museum explains the commercial fishing history of the island. The fishing boats looked quite different from those we see in North Carolina.