Equine Campground Proposed in Town of Egg Harbor

Preliminary plans for an equine campground in the Town of Egg Harbor received no opposition during Monday evening’s public hearing. 

Dave and Penny Geitner presented the town board and a handful of attendees with preliminary plans to establish Geitner Homestead Equine Campground on a 10-acre parcel of the family’s 97-acre farm on County I. The proposed campground would be located on the west side of Oak Road, which divides the property, and would feature 29 campsites, each with water and electrical hookup. Preliminary plans show that 20 of the 29 sites would have steel gate panel corrals equal to two 12-foot-by-12-foot stalls. Seven of the 29 sites would be pull-through campsites. 

Future plans include adding moveable, rustic cabins – without electric service or running water – for some of the sites. Draft plans for the bathroom and shower facilities show three toilets, three sinks and three shower stalls in the women’s restroom; and two toilets, two urinals, two sinks and three shower stalls in the men’s restroom.

According to the preliminary plans shared at Monday’s meeting, 20 of the 29 sites would feature steel gate panel corrals, creating two 12-foot-by-12-foot horse enclosures. The proposal also includes plans for an outdoor riding arena measuring 100 feet by 160 feet.
Source: Town of Egg Harbor.

The plan would enable the family to sustain the farm by combining a passion for farming and a background in tourism. Along with the fourth-generation family farm, the family owned and operated Baileys Sunset Motel and Cottages in Baileys Harbor for 16 years. When none of their children expressed an interest in running that family business, the Geitners sold the motel last year. Their youngest daughter, however, did express an interest in maintaining the family farm.

“It’s a natural coexistence of two different pieces: farming and horseback riding in Door County,” Dave Geitner said after the public hearing, which lasted less than a quarter of an hour. “It’s a good niche; we have a lot of support from the local riding groups; and there is a need for it in the community.”
Geitner said he sees the campground being a destination for riders who live within an hour or two of Door County who want to ride their horses in a new location but don’t want to transport their animals long distances.
“This allows people to get away within an hour or so of home, do some riding and then be able to go out and enjoy all the other things Door County has to offer,” he said. 

Next, the Geitners will present their plans to the Town Plan Commission. A date for that meeting has not yet been set.