Rocky Island

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Green islands on blue water with Rocky Island called out in orange

About the Island

Rocky Island’s features and location make it a popular stop for a variety of boaters. A string of individual and family fishermen based their summer operations on the protected Rocky Island eastern shore until commercial fishing lost its economic viability to the sea lamprey in the 1950s. There are still summer cottages and lands subject to life leases remaining along the eastern shore.

Larger boats can find plenty of space to anchor using the sandy bottom along the eastern shoreline, protected from most winds except a “nor’easter.” Rocky offers 1.9 miles of trails. Excerpts from Apostle Islands Water Trips by John C. Frank. Buy a copy here.

Proceeds benefit Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the park.

Fast Facts

NPS map showing the island outline and features

NPS Map – Click image to enlarge

NPS Dock at Rocky Island with NPS boat

Dock at Rocky Island. Click image to enlarge. – Photo: NPS

Rocky Island – Ziinsibaakwado-minis

Location:  47.0344° N, 90.6789° W

Features: 

  • 1,100 acres
  • Dock on the east side
  • 4 individual campsites, 1 group site
  • Primitive camping

NPS Rocky Island Information:

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