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Schoolhouse Beach

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Address: Washington Island, WI

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Unique beach of round stones

Unique beach of round stones. Geologically sandstone breaks off bluffs on bay gets rolled around in suffer for decades then washes up to make this cool beach. People have taken... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Onalaska, Wisconsin
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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unique beach of round stones. Geologically sandstone breaks off bluffs on bay gets rolled around in suffer for decades then washes up to make this cool beach. People have taken bucket trunkful and carloads of rocks so taking rock is now prohibited. Nice park with campground

Thank MikeJennyQ
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Looking for a crystal clear lake to swim in, schoolhouse beach is perfect. No admission is charged. The only concession area is one vending machine. Restrooms are a permanent structure vs a metro type. There are limited picnic tables for use. Be prepared , however, this is NOT a sand beach. All rocks!! but smooth from the water. . Flip... More 

Thank lani474
Arlington, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful beach. Rocks are amazingly smooth. Water crystal clear but chilly--especially for us southerners. Lots of picnic tables, grills for picnicking. Highly recommend to pack a lunch. Nice restroom, changing rooms and a covered pavilion with more picnic tables for large groups or in case you get caught in rain. You'll need shoes for walking beach and for swimming. Although... More 

Thank Marylee K
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have been to this beach on Washington Island on previous visits and was disappointed to see its deterioration. The parking and picnic area looks like it could use a good sprucing up!

Thank Barbara M
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82 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We arrived at Schoolhouse beach early in the morning. Only three other people were there. We walked through the the shelter of the trees to arrive onto the smooth pebbled limestone beach. The water was smooth and glistening in the morning sunlight. We sat quietly on a bench breathing in the fresh air and gazing across the clear water to... More 

Thank Lyonlady
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We obviously went on a hot day during peak season so the beach was very busy. Parking is a little weird with people just parked all over the place since the lot isn't very big. We did not swim but the water looked very clean. Very cool to see all the stones on the beach. I was able to take... More 

Thank Karin B
Hugo, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The rounded pebbles and cobbles on this beach are perfect for skipping, and the water is so clear and blue (and cool) it is amazing! We couldn't get enough of it. Being July 4th weekend it was crowded, but not so much that we couldn't enjoy it. Wish we could go back!

Thank Michele M
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Schoolhouse beach is one of those rare places that you see in beautiful photographs that looks exactly like it is. Clear blue enchanting waters with an endless cache of stones smoothed by the relentless pounding of Lake Michigan. Hours spent here are simply not enough but will create memories to last a life-time. Ample parking is available within the cedars... More 

1 Thank cindy a
Decatur, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not your sand beach. Beach is made from large, rounded white stones. Very unusual. Unlike other beaches. 250 dollar fine if you're caught taking one of the stones. Water quality is posted daily and is dependant on the direction of the wind. Out going winds blow the seagull poop out to the lake while an incoming wind hold the matter... More 

1 Thank Simballo
Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to visit Schoolhouse Beach when the water was so calm it looked like glass. The beach is absolutely beautiful and the rocks make it incredibly unique. Definitely worth a visit if you're up on the island.

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