Jackson Harbor Town Park
Washington Island off the tip of Door County’s thumb has fewer than 700 fulltime residents and is about 22- square miles in size. The slow paced lifestyle on the island lends itself easily to bird watching. On arrival, pick up a free copy of A Guide to the Birds of Washington Island. Of the many island parks, the 75-acre Jackson Harbor Town Park is a good place to begin your birding adventure. It’s a nice mix of low sandy beach and dunes that grades to low ridges and swales, and then to conifer and mixed hardwood forest. This combination of habitat harbors a nice diversity of birds.
Directions: To reach Washington Island, take the Washington Island Ferry from Northport on the tip of the Door County thumb. The Jackson Harbor Town Park is located in the northwest corner of the island.
Gazetteer: Page 81, A-7 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 51, B-8 (10th edition).
Web site: Washington Island, Door County
Signature species: Ovenbird, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Common Raven.
Rare Species: Merlin, Common Merganser, and Common Goldeneye.
Seasonality: Open all year – weather dependent ferry from mainland.