Navigating Choppy Water Over Sunken Ships in Door County, Wisconsin
Miles away from far-flung exotic lands of coconut palms and coral reefs lies Washington Island. This anti-tropical coniferous islet whispers woeful tales of shipwrecks and scrappy stories of early Scandinavian settlers. The best part of this island experience is simply getting there. Modern transportation has soothed the anxiety of crossing the fatal six-mile passage, a former deathtrap for unlucky sailors. Your high-sea adventure begins at the tip of Door County’s Peninsula where lake and sky converge. Here Wisconsin's topographic treasure map of island-studded waters unfurls its ragged edges for miles on end. The Washington Island ferry navigates through the cutthroat passage of "Death’s Door" and over dozens of shipwrecked boats sunk beneath Lake Michigan's deadliest waters. You even follow the same path of Native American warriors who paddled from island to island centuries ago. Sometimes the best island adventure begins before you even step onto land.