It looks a little like a surfboard, paddles kind of like a kayak and is one of the most accessible ways to explore Door County’s waters.
At an initial investment of less than $200 on the low end, stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) provide the foundation for one of the more approachable and budget-friendly watersports. The SUP’s wide base makes it accommodating for those who feel more comfortable kneeling or sitting when paddling, and the technique for gliding over the water is friendly to all ages and can be picked up after only a few tries.
Where to go? If you’re looking for one last hurrah of fun on the water this summer, check out these locations to launch a paddleboard.
Cave Point: As with any water sport enjoyed in Door County, the options of places to paddle are many. But the many SUP outfitters in the peninsula agree: Newbies should check out Cave Point first. The water tends to be a bit quieter, and the geological backdrop does not disappoint!
Nicolet Bay: In Fish Creek, Nicolet Bay tends to be more congested than other locations, but the SUP rentals by the hour within Peninsula State Park offer easy access for someone who just wants to try a quick paddle.Eagle Harbor: Around the bluff, Eagle Harbor in Ephraim blends the security of paddling in a protected harbor with spectacular scenery and expansive water views for an outing that will have even the most novice paddlers looking and feeling like pros.
Mink River Estuary: But why should big waters get all the fun? Head over to Rowleys Bay, where, on a nice day, the Mink River’s calm waters offer a fun change of scenery.