Door County is home to five state parks, 19 county parks, and a large number of local parks, nature preserves, and state natural areas offering visitors recreational opportunities from shore to shore.
Wisconsin State Parks in Door County
2,400 acres of wilderness await you which offer prime locations for hiking, swimming, fishing, backpack camping, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Located in Ellison Bay, Newport State Park features 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 30 miles of hiking trails. Call 920-854-2500 for details.
Peninsula State Park is the area’s largest state park featuring 3,776 acres along the waters of Green Bay. Enjoy an 18-hole championship golf course, hiking and bicycle trails, a VITA course, camping, groomed ski trails, snowmobiling, sledding, swimming, and fishing. Take a tour of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and the Nature Center, spend the afternoon at Nicolet Beach, climb the observation tour for a bird’s eye view of your surroundings, then attend an evening performance at American Folklore Theater. For general park information, call 920-868-3258. For the Nature Center, call 920-854-5976 and to reach the golf course, call 920-854-5791.
This 1,178-acre park features more than two miles of Green Bay shoreline. Located in southern Sturgeon Bay, the park offers a variety of biking trails, six miles of hiking trails, camping, groomed ski trails, snowmobiling trails, an observation tour, boat ramp, and fishing hot spots. For more information, call 920-746-2890.
906 acres of rustic beauty comprise this park. Located one mile northeast of Jackson Harbor on Washington Island, Rock Island offers camping, swimming, fishing and ten miles of hiking trails. Visitors enjoy Wisconsin’s oldest lighthouse, as well as, the Thordarson great hall and boathouse. Gain access to the island via the Karfi passenger ferry. No vehicular traffic is permitted on the island. Call 920-847-2235 for more information.
Whitefish Dunes State park offers 867 acres on the rugged Lake Michigan shoreline with a mile of sand beach and the highest sand dunes in the state of Wisconsin. Visitors enjoy swimming, snowshoeing, fishing and hiking with over 14 miles of trails which include a trail to Clark Lake and an interpretive trail. Call 920-823-2400 for more information.
County Parks in Door County
This former railroad thoroughfare is a multi-faceted trail linking Sturgeon Bay with Algoma, Casco, Luxemburg and Kewaunee. Sporting a crushed stone surface, the 40-plus mile trail is perfect for mountain biking, snowmobiling, hiking or even horseback riding. It runs through open spaces, woods and small communities along the Ahnapee River for about ten miles. Toilet facilities are available in Door County in Sturgeon Bay and Forestville.
Baileys Harbor Ridges
Established in 1934, this 30-acre park adjoins the Ridgest Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor located on Lake Michigan with 400 feet of sand beach and great swimming. Parking and toilet facilities are available.
Cana Island Lighthouse
Cana Island Lighthouse was built in 1869 and is still an active aide to navigation for vessels on Lake Michigan. The 9-acre island, which became a county park in 2007, is located along the Lake Michigan shoreline north of Baileys Harbor and offers visitors the opportunity to tour and climb one of Lake Michigan’s most notable lighthouses. The Door County Maritime Museum manages the island and operates the lighthouse as a historical museum open for tours May through October. The island is accessible by a short walk across a gravel causeway year round.
Cave Point County Park
Located within Whitefish Dunes State Park, this county park features picturesque sea caves, the result of Lake Michigan’s relentless pounding against the limestone bluffs. The 19-acre park also features a tranquil half-mile hiking trail, plentiful picnic facilities, and a beautiful gazebo which may be reserved for special events.
This five-acre park on the shore of Green Bay in Southern Door County has an excellent boat launch and some of the best fishing around. Take Highway 57 north to Namur, make a left on County N and continue to the park.
Door Bluff Headlands
The most northerly point of the Door County Peninsula, this 155-acre park has been preserved in its natural state. The towering bluffs offer a spectacular view of Hedgehog Harbor and Green Bay. It was here that Potawatomi Indians repelled the Iroquois Indians from Washington Island in an ill-fated attack. Take Highway 42 north, past Ellison Bay and make a left on Door Bluff Road which leads to the park. There are no facilities available.
Ellison Bluff Park
This 174-acre park offers one of the most breathtaking views in the County. A wooden walkway/observation deck leads safely to the edge of sheer, 100-foot limestone bluffs. For the more adventurous, an enclosed catwalk extends out over the bluff offering another perspective of the breathtaking surroundings. A shady picnic area and cool breezes off the water add to the park’s charm. Toilet facilities and parking are available. Take Highway 42 north, make a left on Porcupine Bay Road and follow the signs to the park.
Forestville Dam Park
This popular park borders the Ahnapee Trail and provides access to the Ahnapee River. A popular fishing spot, this 79-acre park also has picnic tables and playground equipment located on Highway 42, just north of Forestville. Parking and toilet facilities are available.
Frank E. Murphy Park
This 14-acre park is located on Horseshoe Bay, just south of Egg Harbor on County B. Notable features include 1,600 feet of sand beach, boat launch facilities, a dock, picnic area, volleyball court and playground area. Take County B south from Egg Harbor or Highway 42 north from Carlsville to County G. Parking, toilet facilities and a well are available.
John Miles Park
Located in Sturgeon Bay, this park is the proud host of the annual Door County Fair in early August. It features soccer fields, a picnic area, playground, horse arena, and stock car races on Saturday nights, May through September. Parking and restrooms are available.
Lily Bay Park
Set in the town of Sevastopol on Lake Michigan, Lily Bay Park features a boat launch ramp and easy water access located on County Rd T.
Lyle Harter-Matter Sanctuary
Located in Jacksonport, Lyle Harter-Matter Sanctuary is 40 acres of undeveloped woodland serving as a sanctuary for wildlife. No parking or other facilities are available.
Located on Highway 57 north of Jacksonport, this 92-acre park has an interesting claim to fame: It is located exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole! A picnic area, parking, toilet facilities and well are available.
Olde Stone Quarry Park
Renovated in 1996, this park features a two-lane boat launching ramp and a great pier for shoreline fishing located just north of Sturgeon Bay on Bay Shore Drive. Parking and toilet facilities are available.
Percy Johnson Memorial Park
Located on Washington Island, Percy Johnson Memorial Park has a sand beach with welcoming picnic facilities that serve as a beautiful setting for lunch. Parking and restrooms are available.
Robert Lasalle Park
Named after French explorer Robert LaSalle, this eight-acre park has a playground, picnic area and beach access on Lake Michigan. Take Highway 42 to County J, then head east to County U. Parking and toilet facilities are available.
Robert M. Carmody Park
This park is open a half-hour before sunrise until 11 p.m. daily featuring a six-lane boat launch ramp. Launch fee is required. Restrooms and parking are available. Located at 3570 County Rd CC on the west shore of Little Sturgeon Bay.
Sugar Creek Park
This 41-acre park is a popular boat launch and picnic site in Southern Door County. Parking and toilet facilities are available. Take Highway 57 to County N in Namur.
Tornado Memorial Park
This wayside park serves as a memorial for the former village of Williamsonville, which was destroyed in October 1871 when a “tornado of fire” claimed 128 lives. This site is officially recognized by the Door County Historical Society and can be found located along Highway 57, just south of the County K intersection. Parking, toilet facilities and a well are available.
Harbor Hounds Dog Park
Open year round located in Village View Park in Egg Harbor, one block east of Highway 42 at the corner of Church Street & Harbor School Road. Features include both a large dog and small dog area with 2 acres total of fenced play area. There are benches and picnic tables in both areas. Water is provided in summer and a porta-pottie is available. The park is a project of the Village of Egg Harbor, donations by park users are appreciated.
Sister Bay Dog Park
Located adjacent to the Sister Bay Sports Complex on Autumn Court, this 200′ x 300′ grassy area is entirely fenced in and is equipped with picnic tables and “mutt mitts.” All are welcome and encouraged to bring their dogs to Sister Bay to play and socialize in a safe, comfortable environment. There is no fee for use of the dog park.
Sturgeon Bay Dog Park
Open 24 hours, Shiloh Road Bark Park is located south on County Road U off Highway 42/57. Take the fork that is Division Road (on the right), continue until you reach the park located on your right. Supported by the Door County Humane Society.
Want to rent a pavillion or gazebo at a County Park in Door County?
For county park rentals, download the application from the Door County Parks Department Website or call 920-746-9959.