Visitor Activities

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Plum Island is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend annually for wildlife observation, nature photography, hiking, and viewing of historical Coast Guard structures.


  • Fishing

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    Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge consists of Hog Island, Plum Island, Pilot Island, a parcel on Detroit Island, St. Martin Island, and Rocky Island. The islands are located in Lake Michigan, near Washington Island, between the tip of Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula, and Michigan’s Garden Peninsula. Fishing in the waters of Lake Michigan is allowed around all islands, however only Plum island is accessible for shoreline fishing per state regulations during daylight hours from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Boat access and mooring is allowed in designated areas only. Boats must use designated landing area at the boathouse dock and kayak landing area on the south side of the island. Fishing is prohibited from the Plum Island dock. piers, and structures.

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  • Hunting

    Kid with Hunt Decoys

    Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge consists of Hog Island, Plum Island, Pilot Island, a parcel on Detroit Island, St. Martin Island, and Rocky Island. The islands are located in Lake Michigan, near Washington Island, between the tip of Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula and Michigan’s Garden Peninsula. Only Plum Island and Detroit Island will be open to deer hunting. On Plum Island, hunters will be selected by a drawing and issued a refuge special use permit for a limited number of tags. The season will begin after Labor Day and go through December. Access is by boat to the designated boat dock. Allowable methods are rifle, shotgun, and muzzleloader in accordance with state firearm restrictions as published in Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations. Either sex deer may be harvested. A party of two to eight people will be given a 6 day period to complete their hunt.  Hunters will be selected by lottery administered by refuge staff.

      

     

     

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  • Interpretation / Education

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    Plum Island is open during daylight hours Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend for hiking, wildlife observation and nature photography on designated trails and beach areas only. 

    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.                                                                              

    For more information visit  http://www.plumandpilot.org/     

    Docking Map - Plum Island 

     Plum Island Trail Map  

        

     

  • Wildlife observation

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    Plum Island is open during daylight hours Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend for hiking, wildlife observation and nature photography on designated trails and beach areas only. 

    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