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Rock Island Needs Your Help
FORI will be doing chores to get the park ready for the 2017 season on Saturdays and Sundays, May 6-7 and 20-21, 2017. Volunteers are needed to help with the work. Get more details about this opportunity on the News tab.
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 next summer. 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!
Plan now to attend next summer on Saturday, July 1st! Watch for opportunities to help out too.
Volunteer OpportunitiesVolunteer Lighthouse Docent positions have been filled for the 2017 park season, but you may still apply for the 2017 Campground Host opportunity or 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.
Campground 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 this past summer 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.
Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder knows Rock Island State Park
Got a smart phone? Download the free Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app from http://www.ohranger.com/app/parkfinder 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