Schoolhouse Beach is the perfect spot for people who don’t like getting sand in their bathing suits. Located on Wisconsin’s isolated Washington Island, and one of only five similar sandless beaches worldwide, the shore is named for a one-room wooden schoolhouse that used to exist nearby but which has since been replaced by a picnic table and barbecue area. The small rocks were glacier-polished over thousands of years and are each small geological treasures.
Most visitors come simply to swim in the clear water and sunbathe, but people often build cairns and other peculiar sculptures with the stones. When they aren’t trying to skip them along the surface of the water, that is.
We were on a tour of the island, so this photo was not taken as we recreationed on the beach. It was a 10- minute stop. We looked out of place fully clothed and masked. While it doesn't look like it from this PoV, the beach-goers attended in family groups and were separated by six feet or more.
Photo captured August 17, 2020.
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