Door County Outdoors: A Guide to the Best Hiking, Biking, Paddling, Beaches, and Natural Places

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A picturesque peninsula with 298 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, state parks, forests, and cozy inns, Door County is one of the Midwest’s prime tourist attractions. Magill Weber explores the many recreational opportunities available to visitors, including secret spots known only to locals and longtime seasonal residents. Wisconsin native Janet Mrazek contributes 125 detailed and easy-to-follow maps. With suggestions of more than 150 scenic hikes, biking and paddling routes, end-of-the-road beaches, lighthouses,...

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Overview

A picturesque peninsula with 298 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, state parks, forests, and cozy inns, Door County is one of the Midwest’s prime tourist attractions. Magill Weber explores the many recreational opportunities available to visitors, including secret spots known only to locals and longtime seasonal residents. Wisconsin native Janet Mrazek contributes 125 detailed and easy-to-follow maps. With suggestions of more than 150 scenic hikes, biking and paddling routes, end-of-the-road beaches, lighthouses, and wildlife-watching sites, and descriptions of the local flora and fauna, Door County Outdoors is the ultimate guide for active travelers and nature enthusiasts.

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“As I read, I exclaimed several times, ‘Oh, we have to hike this trail! We should paddle this route!’ I thought I knew Door County, but Magill Weber suggests all sorts of new natural treasures to explore. The information will make the Midwest’s many nature lovers quite happy.”—Lynne Diebel, coauthor of Green Travel Guide to Southern Wisconsin and Green Travel Guide to Northern Wisconsin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299285548
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 1,433,407
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Magill Weber, who grew up in Wisconsin, has spent extensive time in Door County hiking, biking, sailing, kayaking, and birding. She is a project director for The Nature Conservancy in California.

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Table of Contents

Maps and Icons   

Acknowledgments       

 

Introduction       

    The Lay of the Land   

    Guidelines and Advisories       

    Door County's Natural Features       

    The Door County Outdoor Year       

 

Chapter 1. Washington Island       

Major Points of Interest

1. Rock Island State Park   

2. Domer-Neff Preserve and Birding Trail   

3. Jackson Harbor Ridges and Carlin's Point   

4. Little Lake State Natural Area   

5. Detroit Harbor State Natural Area   

6. Mountain Park Lookout Tower   

 

Beaches and Overlooks

A. Rock Island State Park Beach   

B. Schoolhouse Beach   

C. Jackson Harbor Ridges Beach   

D. Percy Johnson County Park Beach   

E. Gislason Beach   

F. Sand Dunes Park and Beach   

G. People's Park   

 

Lighthouses

L1. Pottawatomie Lighthouse   

 

Bike Routes

B1. Detroit Harbor to Sand Dunes Park   

B2. Detroit Harbor to Schoolhouse Beach Park    

B3. Detroit Harbor to Jackson Harbor to Mountain Park Lookout Tower   

 

Paddling Routes

P1. Rock Island State Park   

P2. Little Lake State Natural Area   

P3. Detroit Harbor and Grand Traverse Island State Park   

 

Chapter 2. Liberty Grove: Northport, Gills Rock, Ellison Bay, and Sister Bay   

Major Points of Interest

7. Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge   

8. Gravel Island National Wildlife Refuge   

9. Europe Bay Woods State Natural Area   

10. Door Bluff Headlands County Park   

11. Ellison Bluff County Park       

12. Mink River Estuary—West Side       

13. Mink River Estuary-Schoenbrunn Conservancy       

14. Newport State Park   

15. Harold C. Wilson–Three Springs Preserve   

 

Beaches and Overlooks

H. Northport Ferry Terminal   

I. Porte des Morts Park   

J. Garrett Bay Boat Launch and Beach   

K. Isle View Beach   

L. Europe Bay Beach   

M. Europe Lake Boat Launch and Beach   

N. Newport Bay Beaches   

O. Sand Bay Town Park Beach   

P. Ellison Bay Community Park Beach   

 

Lighthouses

L2. Plum Island Range Lights   

L3. Pilot Island Lighthouse   

 

Bike Routes

B4. Ellison Bay to Sand Bay Town Park Beach       

B5. Ellison Bay to Newport State Park    

B6. Newport State Park Mountain Biking    

B7. Bluff to Bluff: Gills Rock to Ellison Bluff   

 

Paddling Routes

P4. Plum Island and Pilot Island   

P5. Mink River Estuary   

P6. Door Bluff Headlands   

P7. Europe Lake   

 

Chapter 3. Baileys Harbor Area   

Major Points of Interest

16. North Bay   

17. Mud Lake State Natural Area—Uplands Section   

18. Mud Lake State Natural Area—Wetlands and Lake Section   

19. Mud Lake State Natural Area—Riebolt's Creek Section   

20. Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands State Natural Area—Spike Horn Bay   

21. Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands State Natural Area—Cana Cove   

22. Moonlight Bay Bedrock Beach   

23. The Ridges Sanctuary   

24. Toft Point State Natural Area   

 

Beaches and Overlooks

Q. Baileys Harbor Ridges Park Beach   

R. Anclam Park and Beach   

S. Baileys Harbor Lake View   

T. Baileys Harbor Marina   

U. Spike Horn Bay Beach   

V. Bues Point Boat Launch   

 

Lighthouses

L4. Upper and Lower Range Lights   

L5. Old Baileys Harbor Lighthouse   

L6. Cana Island Lighthouse   

 

Bike Routes

B8. Baileys Harbor to Kangaroo Lake Causeway   

B9. Baileys Harbor to Ephraim and North Bay   

 

Paddling Routes

P8. Riebolt's Creek to Mud Lake State Natural Area   

P9. Moonlight Bay to Cana Island   

 

Chapter 4. Peninsula State Park Area: Sister Bay, Ephraim and Fish Creek   

Major Points of Interest

25. Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond   

26. Ephraim Wetlands Preserve   

27. Chambers Island   

28. Peninsula State Park   

29. Offshore Islands: Horseshoe, Strawberry, Hat, and the Sisters   

30. White Cliff Fen and Forest State Natural Area   

 

Beaches and Overlooks

W. Sister Bay Beach and Waterfront Park   

X. Pebble Beach Road Beach   

Y. Ephraim Village Beach   

Z. Eagle Harbor and Harborside Park   

AA. Nicolet Beach—Peninsula State Park   

BB. Fish Creek Beach       

CC. Sunset Park Beach   

 

Lighthouses

L7. Chambers Island Lighthouse   

L8. Eagle Bluff Lighthouse   

 

Bike Routes

B10. Sister Bay to Three Springs Preserve   

B11. Sister Bay to Rowley's Bay    

B12. Fish Creek to Peninsula State Park Sunset Trail    

B13. Ephraim to Mink River Estuary    

B14. Fish Creek to Peninsula Players Road to Spring Road   

 

Paddling Routes

P10. Sister Bay to the Sister Islands   

P11. Nicolet Bay to Horseshoe Island   

P12. Tennison Bay to the Strawberry Islands   

 

Chapter 5. Kangaroo Lake to Whitefish Dunes: Jacksonport, Valmy, and Sevastopol    

Major Points of Interest

31. Kangaroo Lake   

32. Meridian County Park   

33. Hibbard Creek Preserve   

34. Logan Creek Preserve   

35. Cave Point County Park   

36. Whitefish Dunes State Park   

 

Beaches and Overlooks

DD. Lakeside Park Beach   

EE. Lakeshore Drive Beach   

FF. Whitefish Dunes State Park Beach   

GG. Whitefish Bay Road Beach and Boat Launch   

HH. White Pine Lane Beach   

II. Goldenrod Lane Beach   

JJ. Hemlock Lane Beach   

KK. Deer Path Lane Beach   

LL. Evergreen Lane Beach   

MM. Clark Lake Boat Launch   

 

Bike Routes

B15. Jacksonport and North Cave Point Drive    

B16. Whitefish Dunes Trails    

B17. Whitefish Dunes to Lily Bay County Park    

B18. Jacksonport to Carlsville    

 

Paddling Routes

P13. Kangaroo Lake    

P14. Clark Lake   

P15. Lakeside Park to Cave Point   

 

Chapter 6. Egg Harbor Area   

Major Points of Interest

37. Lautenbach Woods Preserve   

38. Oak Road Wetlands Preserve   

39. Bayshore Blufflands Preserve   

 

Beaches and Overlooks

NN. Egg Harbor Beach   

OO. Frank E. Murphy County Park   

PP. Olde Stone Quarry County Park   

 

Bike Routes

B19. Egg Harbor to Frank E. Murphy County Park    

B20. Egg Harbor–Peninsula Center–Juddville Loop   

B21. Egg Harbor–Kangaroo Lake Causeway Loop   

 

Paddling Routes

P16. Frank E. Murphy County Park and Horseshoe Bay   

P17. Olde Stone Quarry County Park and Sherwood Point       

 

Chapter 7. Shivering Sands: Sturgeon Bay, Institute, and Clay Banks   

Major Points of Interest

40. Shivering Sands   

41. Kellner Fen   

42. Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal   

43. U.S. Coast Guard Station and North Pierhead   

44. Portage Park   

 

Beaches and Overlooks

QQ. Lily Bay County Park   

RR. County TT Beach       

SS. Chippewa Drive Beach   

TT. Winnebago Drive Beach   

UU. Kickapoo Drive Beach   

VV. Portage Park Beach   

WW. Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Recreation Area   

 

Lighthouses

L9. Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Lighthouse   

L10. Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal North Pierhead Light       

 

Bike Routes

B22. Portage Park to Lily Bay County Park    

B23. Lily Bay County Park to South Cave Point Drive    

B24. U.S. Coast Guard Station to County TT Beach    

 

Paddling Routes

P18. Portage Park to Shivering Sands       

P19. Dolan's Creek and Dunes Lake   

 

Chapter 8. Sturgeon Bay Area   

Major Points of Interest

45. Sunset Park   

46. Potawatomi State Park   

47. Franke Park   

 

Beaches and Overlooks

XX. Sunset Park Beach   

YY. Otumba Park Beach   

ZZ. Potawatomi State Park Beaches   

AAA. Sand Bay Beach   

BBB. Haines Park Beach   

 

Lighthouses

L11. Sherwood Point Lighthouse   

 

Bike Routes

B25. Sunset Park to Olde Stone Quarry County Park     

B26. Potawatomi State Park Mountain Biking Trails    

B27. Sturgeon Bay–Little Sturgeon Bay Loop   

 

Paddling Routes

P20. Otumba Park and Downtown Sturgeon Bay   

P21. Sunset Park and Downtown Sturgeon Bay   

P22. Rileys Bay and Snake Island   

P23. Little Sturgeon Bay   

 

Chapter 9. The Clay Banks: Clay Banks, Maplewood, and Forestville   

Major Points of Interest

48. Legacy Preserve at Clay Banks   

49. Robert La Salle County Park   

50. Forestville Dam County Park   

51. Ahnapee State Trail   

 

Beaches and Overlooks

CCC. Clay Banks Beach #1   

DDD. Clay Banks Beach #2   

EEE. Braunsdorf Beach   

 

Bike Routes

B28. Ahnapee State Trail to Maplewood   

B29. Forestville Dam County Park to LaSalle County Park   

B30. La Salle County Park to Salona Road    

 

Paddling Routes

P24. Clay Banks Beaches to Robert LaSalle County Park   

P25. Forestville Flowage   

 

 

Chapter 10. Southern Door: Gardner, Namur, and Brussels   

Major Points of Interest

52. Gardner Marsh State Wildlife Area   

53. Sugar Creek County Park   

 

Beaches and Overlooks

FFF. Robert Carmody County Park   

GGG. Chaudoir's Dock County Park   

 

Bike Routes

B31. Brussels to Chaudoir's Dock County Park    

B32. Brussels to Sugar Creek County Park    

B33. Brussels to Robert Carmody County Park    

 

Paddling Route

P26. Chaudoir's Dock County Park to Sugar Creek County Park   

 

References       

Index

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