Each month we highlight an airstrip with hopes that you will get out and enjoy these special places. This month, we’re featuring Washington Island, Wisconsin.

Why is it that airports on islands always have a special appeal?  Maybe it’s because aviation serves a heightened level of utility in arriving on an island. And that island airports are often near water and the recreational opportunities water provides. The Washington Island airport is one of these special places. It sits off the end of the beautiful Door County peninsula that separates Lake Michigan from the bay of Green Bay. It’s easy to access nearby quaint villages that have been popular summertime destinations for well over a hundred years. Sample the hospitality and variety of the local stores and restaurants. Schoolhouse Beach with crystal clear water and an unusual beach of round limestone rocks lies right next to the airport, just a short walk or bike ride from the tie-down area.

The airport, 2P2 boasts two turf runways – each over 2,200 feet long – that are kept in remarkable shape to accommodate a variety of aircraft, even amphibious aircraft on wheels. Camping is permitted with prior permission from the airport manager at 920-535-0546. The airport has a number of courtesy bicycles for visitors’ use.

In addition to some great restaurants on the island, recreational opportunities abound in the form of biking, hiking, swimming, and there are a variety of fishing options in the region, including shoreline and guided boat options in Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay and Lake Michigan.

The popular Washington Island Fish boil takes place right at the airport on the third Saturday in July, hosted by the local Lions Club. This year will be the 71st annual event. Mark your 2024 calendar for July 20! Fly in for this flaming Scandinavian traditional community meal of fresh-caught whitefish, onions, potatoes, and corn, topped with a slice of Door County cherry pie!

See the Airfield Guide for more info on visiting this special island airport.

Submitted June 27, 2024.
By Carmine Mowbray
Top photo by Skot Weidemann
, bottom photo by Jeff Russell

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