Hop on the Ferry: Hidden Island Getaways in Wisconsin

Scenic Island Cabins and Camping

Wisconsin may not be a tropical paradise, but you can still escape to one of the state’s islands for a getaway filled with adventure and relaxation. Here are just a few spots with lodging that offer scenic views, exciting activities and more.

Washington Island Campground — Washington Island

How to get there:

Take the ferry from the Northport Pier in Door County to scenic Washington Island.

The stay:

The Washington Island Campground has plenty of private cabins you can rent. Nearby you’ll find a community lodge with typical amenities, a mini golf course, a sand volleyball area and a swimming pond. While staying here be sure to check out the smooth limestone of Schoolhouse Beach.

Rock Island State Park — Rock Island

How to get there:

Rock Island is located slightly northeast of Washington Island. You’ll need to ferry to Washington Island and then take a second ferry to get there. 

The stay:

This island doesn’t have cabins available for rent, but if you have camping gear you can enjoy a truly serene experience on this remote island. While you’re there be sure to visit the best beach in Door County and historic buildings like the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin. Plus, you don’t have to worry about traffic. No cars are allowed on Rock Island!

Rendezvous Cottage — Madeline Island

How to get there:

Once you arrive in Bayfield you can take a short 2.5-mile ferry trip to Madeline Island.

The stay:

This cottage, which overlooks the Apostle Islands, is quiet, serene and can accommodate groups of two to sixteen. The cabin has a wraparound screen porch perfect for a lakeside dining experience. Don’t worry if you catch a rainy day because there is table tennis, a kid’s rock-climbing wall and a large flatscreen television, so you’ll still have plenty to do. A quick seven-mile drive takes you into the town of La Pointe, where there are ice cream shops, bars and restaurants.

Stout's Island Lodge — Birchwood

How to get there:

Once you arrive at Red Cedar Lake you can catch the ferry that runs hourly from 7:50 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The stay:

This lodge has 11 different cabins with unique rooms for rent. You can book a single room in a specific cabin or get a group together and rent the whole place! Established in 1903, the lodge has a rustic, old-world feel with up-to-date amenities. Island activities include hiking, golfing, badminton, fishing and swimming, along with a labyrinth if you’re in the mood for a challenge.

Winfield Inn and Gardens — Bayfield

How to get there:

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore draws visitors every year for its beauty and remoteness. Because of their national park status, staying on the islands isn’t typically feasible. However, one of the best places to stay for a visit to the islands is the Winnfield Inn and Gardens in Bayfield.

The stay:

The expansive selection of cottages and cabins here will fit the needs of any tourist. You’ll find everything from a remote, peaceful cabin in the woods to a modern getaway with luxurious amenities. Once in Bayfield, you can book an Apostle Island Cruise for morning and evening tours of the islands.

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