For the first time since October 2019, visitors will be able to set foot at Rock Island State Park starting this weekend.
The pandemic and high water levels were to blame for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources calling the 2020 season a wash. Some volunteers received special permission last fall to work on some projects, but last weekend was the first time many members of the Friends of Rock Island State Park and the DNR were able to make the trek on the Karfi Ferry to prepare the popular spot for the season. Approximately 25 volunteers and DNR staff members spent three days on Rock Island doing a number of different projects including mowing, trail maintenance, and prep work inside the lighthouse and the museum.
Friends of Rock Island State Park President Tina Jacoby says it felt great to be back after so many months away.
Jacoby added that visitors feel the same way. Camping reservations for Rock Island State Park are already outpacing what was seen in 2019. The Friends of Rock Island State Park will host their annual Family Fun Day Fundraiser on July 3rd.