YOUR TICKET TO WASHINGTON ISLAND

After you've toured Door County's orchards, visited the gift shops and restaurants and made stops at the parks, it's time to treat yourself to a unique experience – a ride aboard the Island Clipper to Washington Island. Operated by Captain Charles Voight, the Island Clipper departs Gills Rock at the tip of the Door Peninsula and carries visitors through island-studded waters to picturesque Washington Island. The 65 ft., 149 seat passenger ferry, with the latest in safety and navigational equipment, makes the seven mile, 20 minute trip relaxing and enjoyable with comfortable seating and narration of your voyage through Porte Des Morts (Death's Door) by Captain Voight. Enjoy the view of two of Door County's famous lighthouses on Pilot Island and Plum Island.

 ABOUT THE ISLAND
SIZE
POPULATION
BIKABLE
RELAX
CULTURAL ROOTS
SCENIC VIEWS
23.51 square miles
 
708 residents
100+ miles of roads
two beaches to enjoy
Scandinavian heritage
infinite beauty

FROM GILLS ROCK TO DETROIT HARBOR

Departing from Gills Rock at the tip of the Door Peninsula the Island Clipper travels through Death’s Door amid islands and historic shipwrecks to Detroit Harbor on the south side of Washington Island. Along this nautical journey are countless views featuring the ever changing coastline, the waters of Lake Michigan, and historic lighthouses. Lake Michigan is the fifth largest lake in the world and largest in one country. Halfway to the island the Island Clipper passes above many historic shipwrecks in the area of water called Porte des Morts or as some refer to it Death’s Door. Porte des Morts is composed of the strait linking Lake Michigan and Green Bay between the northern tip of the peninsula to a group of islands with Washington Island being the largest. This area’s name does not come from the number of shipwrecks found here but instead comes from a battle in this region between the Winnebago and Potawatomi Tribes. Once in Detroit Harbor, our guests have arrived at Washington Island where they may rent bicycles, mopeds, or hop on the Viking Train to get a guided ninety-minute tour around the island’s most famous landmarks. 

TRIP MAP

MEET OUR FLEET

Meet our fleet below to help navigate your journey to and around the island. Tickets can be purchased for both the ferry and tour for a reduced rate.

ISLAND CLIPPER

Main Vessel

Our main vessel with a capacity of 149 guests that travels to and from Washington Island in all-weather conditions.

YANKEE CLIPPER

Secondary Vessel

Our second vessel is used for mostly for private events, tours, and is in the yearly boat regatta on the Fourth of July.

VIKING TRAIN

Tour Train

Our land vessel providing ninety minute personable narrative tours of Washington Island and some of its landmarks.

“This is a great little trip to Washington Island. Learning some history and about the area. It is a must if you want to experience Door County” 

- Mendoza

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