Door County

The channel light guides watercraft from Lake Michigan into the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal.

Door County is a scenic peninsula in the state of Wisconsin on a peninsula in Lake Michigan.


Other destinations

Located almost in the center of the peninsula, between the two shores, close to Baileys Harbor.


A resting gull is reflected in the waters of a calm inlet in Door County.

Considered the Cape Cod of the Midwest, Door County is situated on a peninsula on Lake Michigan and is a very popular destination for vacations. The peninsula offers a unique mix of leisure, recreation, and natural beauty. The culture has a rich history of the arts, with more than 80 cultural establishments within the county, including galleries, museums, and theatres. Many offer courses to enjoy while vacationing there. For the nature lovers, Door County offers five state parks, over 300 miles of shoreline, and more than a dozen conservation areas. The ten lighthouses on the peninsula are popular attractions to history and nautical buffs.

Door County's visitor information centers offer maps, brochures and other information for tourists.

Get in

Get around

Car is probably the only real practical way of getting around, but biking is great in the state parks and on Washington Island


Lake Michigan has carved small coves in the rock at Cave Point County Park.

Also located in Peninsula State Park. One of Door County's many lighthouses.


Sea kayakers paddle in Lake Michigan.

Washington Island is a must-do adventure! Get on the ferry at Northport Pier at the tip of the Door County Peninsula--It's $10 per person, and $24 for a car roundtrip. I recommend not taking a car, but once on the island, walk just a short distance to Annie's Rentals and rent mopeds (get there early before they sell out). They're $90/day, and well worth the splurge--best splurge we've made on vacation ever! Very easy to drive, even for someone who's never drove a motorcycle--if you can ride a bike, you can drive these. Spend the whole day driving around the island--very romantic and fun adventure!


Kayak Door County. Seeing Cave Point with a kayak is a real adventure! Door County Kayak Tours +1 920 868-1400 at 8442 Hwy 42 Fish Creek, WI 54212 to go on a Tour of Caves, Lighthouses, and Shipwrecks.

Kayak the Nature Conservancy owned Mink River Estuary in Rowley's Bay.Gravity Trails +1 920 854-9292 at 1041 County Rd. ZZ Ellison Bay, WI. 54210.

Zip Lining

Zip Line the Sand Bay Trail at the Rowleys Bay Resort. +1 920 854-9292


Stiletto Sailing


The Outpost has a great small venue atmosphere in a Log Building with all different kinds of music. Fred and Fuzzy's in Sister Bay on Tuesday nights hosts "The Nicks"Nick Steingart Project ...Don't miss it, great dancing with the sunset.


Marina at Sturgeon Bay.

As an added attraction, the restaurant is housed in a building with a Scandinavian-style sod roof. Goats are on the roof from mid morning to late afternoon every day, "cutting the grass" and provide great photo opportunities. moderate.

A Door County tradition for over a century. A 50's style restaurant and soda fountain.

Door County's only microbrewery. It also had a restaurant and inn.

Another Door County Favorite. Sample some fudge, or purchase from a variety of candies. Several locations, but the original is in Ephraim.



This retired Chicago fireboat offers one of the many guided water tours available on the Door Peninsula.


Door County offers campers a choice of 5 state parks.

Stay safe

Bike off of the Highway on the inner roads of the peninsula.

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