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FORI Summer Picnic & Silent Auction July 1st, 2017

The annual fundraiser Bar-B-Q lunch and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, July 1st, 2017.  Brats, burgers and hotdogs will be available for lunch, along with chips, dessert and a beverage for one fantastic price.  This is the only day of the year when food is sold on Rock Island!  The Silent Auction in the Boathouse and the sale of park merchandise will add to the fun!


This year's donations to be auctioned off include DisneyWorld Park Hopper Passes, Wisconsin Dells Mt. Olympus Waterpark passes donated by Pepsico, 2-night stay at the Landmark Resort in Door County, many professional photos of Rock and Washington Islands, gift certificates for restaurants, shops and wineries, camping and beach gear and toys, nautical and outdoors themed unique items.  There will be something for everyone and in every price range.  Come and try your luck at the winning bid and make a donation to the Friends of Rock Island.


Plan now to attend on Saturday, July 1st!


Stairs to Lake on North End of Rock Island Closed

Until further notice, the stairway down to the lake from the cliff edge below the Lighthouse is closed.  The base of the stairs was washed away by strong spring wave action and is no longer stable for use.  Please be careful and stay off of the stairway until a repair can be done.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Lighthouse Docent and Camp Host positions have been filled for the 2017 park season, but you may apply anytime to be a Lighthouse Docent or a Campground Host for summer 2018.  Lighthouse docent duties are explained here.  A FORI committee selects the Lighthouse Docent volunteers from applications received by the end of each year.  Lighthouse Docent selections for the upcoming park season are announced in early spring.

Camp host duties include meeting the ferry to welcome visitors and campers to the island, selling firewood daily and inspecting the campground each evening along with other duties requested by the park manager.   Campground Host volunteers are selected by the park manager prior to each park season.  


 Click here to download a Volunteer Application.

New Solar Pump at Lighthouse

A new well was drilled at the Pottawatomie Lighthouse in summer 2016 and it was topped off with a solar powered pump.  The new well replaced the original well drilled in the early 1900's.  The handpump no longer works, even though it is still in the yard as part of the museum.


An Eagle Scout recently installed a well cover and a battery house for the solar well.  Storage batteries will be added to the well operation soon, which will insure uninterrupted water supply for the Lighthouse Docents and museum vistors.


Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder knows Rock Island State Park

Got a smart phone?  Download the free Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app from and keep info about Rock Island really close at hand. 


Pottawatomie Lighthouse is Wisconsin's Oldest Lighthouse!

The Lightstation on the north end of Rock Island is the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin.  It has been restored as a live-in museum to what it was in its 1910 era.  Docents live in the lighthouse from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day each year, giving tours from 10am-4pm daily.  Tours include a visit to the lantern room to see the replica of the 4th Order Fresnel lens and to look north to St. Martin's Island in Michigan and northwest to Escanaba and the Upper Michigan Garden Peninsula.  Pottawatomie Lighthouse is a 2-flat with living quarters for the Head Keeper on the main floor and for the Assistant Keeper and his family on the second floor.  One unique feature of this lighthouse is that every room has a large closet which was very uncommon for homes built in 1858.  Besides tours, the museum has a gift shop with Rock Island and Lighthouse clothing and souvenirs.  Donations for tours are gratefully accepted in the Summer Kitchen.  


Other News:  See our News page for information on the In Wisconsin TV segments featuring Rock Island State Park and the Pottawatomie Lighthouse