Door County has five state parks, the greatest number of any
county in Wisconsin. Referred to as "Five Jewels in the
Crown," each of Door County's state parks are unique; they are
Potawatomi, Peninsula, Whitefish Dunes, Newport and Rock Island
Newport State Park
Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay, is
Wisconsin's only "Wilderness Park." This 2,400-acre park has 11
miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, including 3 miles of sand beaches
and one mile of shoreline on Europe Lake. Newport has 30 miles of
hiking trails, 12 miles of off-road bicycle trails and 16 backpack
campsites along the shore. Winter activities at Newport center on
23 miles of cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, hiking trails
and winter camping. Call (920) 854-2500 for details.
Peninsula State Park
Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek has the largest annual
attendance of any Wisconsin State Park and is the only one with a
golf course. Peninsula State Park, established in 1909, is a
3,776-acre state treasure on Wisconsin's Door County peninsula.
Nearly seven miles of Lake Michigan's Green Bay shoreline wrap
around a landscape of forests, meadows and wetlands. Rocky bluffs
ascend over 150 feet while deer graze contentedly in abandoned farm
fields. Considered Wisconsin's most complete park, Peninsula is
also its most popular camping destination.
Potawatomi State Park
Potawatomi State Park, near Sturgeon Bay in Door County, is known
for its great walleye and bass fishing. Potawatomi State Park,
south of Sturgeon Bay, has gently rolling upland terrain, bordered
by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs along the Green Bay
shoreline. Potawatomi offers a 75-foot observation tower, camping,
boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, on and off road bicycling,
skiing and snowmobiling. Call (920) 746-2890 for more
Rock Island State Park
Rock Island State Park, at the very tip of the Door
County Peninsula, begins with two ferry rides. The ferry to
Washington Island runs year round. A second ferry, run by the Rock
Island Ferry Line, is in service from Memorial Day Weekend through
Columbus Day. Rock Island offers visitors a "walking only" tour
through its many trails. Picnic areas, a half-mile sandy shoreline,
a light house, and several historic buildings are all part of the
Rock Island experience. For more information call (920) 847-2235
summer or (920) 847-3156 winter.
Whitefish Dunes State Park
The 6600-foot beach at Whitefish Dunes State Park is
considered by many to be the best in Wisconsin. Featuring 865
acres, Whitefish Dunes is one of Wisconsin's busiest day-use parks.
Whitefish Dunes offers an extensive trail system winding through
wooded sand dunes, an arid meadow, a cool pine plantation, a
boardwalk through a marsh and the dramatic rocky shoreline around
Cave Point. The park is also home to scenic views of Lake Michigan
and 250 yards of fully accessible sand beach. Educational programs
geared to all ages are presented year round at the park. Winter
activities include cross-country trails, hiking and snowshoe
trails. Call (920) 823-2400 for more information.
4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 54209
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