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With 75 miles of paved roadway, Washington Island was made for biking. A weekend here is just about enough time to spin around the main perimeter and nose off on a few side roads. Much of the eastern littoral roadway is gravel, as is the main artery, Michigan Road, in the center of the island. Bikes can be rented at a couple of places at the ferry dock, and trails are marked by green signs.
Field Wood Farms (one-half mile west of Main Rd. on W. Harbor Rd., 920/847-2490) offers trail rides on descendants of original Icelandic stock horses—a rarity anywhere—and the oldest registered herd in the United States. Pony rides, riding instruction, and horse-drawn wagon rides are also available by appointment.
Fishing for 30-pound salmon is not unheard of in the sheltered waters around the island’s bays; other big takes include perch, smallmouth black bass, rock bass, and especially northern pike, right in Detroit Harbor. A number of charter operations run about, including salmon and bass charters.
© Thomas Huhti from Moon Wisconsin, 5th Edition