Plum Island is open during daylight hours Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (May 23-Sept 7, 2015) for hiking, wildlife observation and nature photography on designated trails and beach areas only. During the 2015 season, only kayaks, canoes/dinghies are currently authorized to access Plum Island due to current dock condition and limited dock space, boats are not allowed to dock.
The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands offer programs and tours on Plum Island during special events such as the Door County Lighthouse Festival and Door Islands Bird Festival. Portions of Plum and Pilot Islands were originally developed by the U.S. Coast Guard during the late 19th century to serve as lighthouse facilities and or life-saving stations. Many of these historic structures remain, all of which are included on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hog, Pilot, St. Martin, and Rocky Islands are closed to the public and will remain so in order to reduce disturbance to nesting birds. However, nesting waterbirds can be viewed from a distance. Nearby boaters and kayakers are encouraged to help protect nesting birds from disturbance by maintaining a ¼ mile buffer from the islands. Hog Island can be viewed from Percy Johnson County Park on Washington Island, 640 Lakeview Road.
For more information visit http://www.plumandpilot.org/
Plum Island Wildlife Brochure