Pictured is the historic Thordarson Boathouse at Rock Island State Park. Photo courtesy Wisconsin DNR.

MADISON – Rock Island State Park will be closed for the remainder of the year because of high water levels on Lake Michigan, accessibility limitations, COVID-19 and social distancing concerns, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced this week.

The Washington Island Ferry Line had suspended trips to and from Rock Island State Park earlier this year and have extended that suspension through the end of the 2020 season. High water has also submerged piers, limiting accessibility to the island.

All camping reservations will be canceled and reservation holders will be provided a full refund. The Friends of Rock Island State Park also have canceled all tours of the lighthouse and boathouse.

The public will not be permitted to dock on or use the island for personal use. Property staff and conservation wardens will be monitoring the park for the remainder of the season. Anyone who attempts to access the island may be subject to citations.