Plum Island Boat Dock Now Open After Ten Years

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the opening of the Plum Island boat dock, due to recent improvements to the dock and breakwall. This is the first time the dock has been open since Plum and Pilot Islands were transferred from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2007.

Plum Island is located in Lake Michigan off the tip of the Door Peninsula near Washington Island. Plum Island is a part of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which is managed by staff at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Mayville, Wis.

The dock will provide access to Plum Island by providing moorage for both general public and commercial vessels. General public use moorage is on a first come, first serve basis and is reserved to the public docking area. Commercial moorage is by Special Use Permit only and is reserved to the authorized vessel docking area. A map of docking areas, permit application and special conditions may be found at

Both the general public and commercial boaters must follow all public use regulations. The Service encourages all boaters to use caution and be courteous of other boaters.

Plum Island (Green Bay NWR) is open during daylight hours only Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Travel on Plum Island is restricted to foot travel on mowed trails. Wheel chair access is limited due to uneven terrain. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and pet waste picked up and removed.

Completed applications should be emailed to [email protected], or mailed to: Horicon NWR Complex, W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville, WI 53050. Questions should be directed to Hoffman at 920.948.5037. The Special Use Permit Application Form is available at

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