Hike This: Kangaroo Lake Preserve

On the northwest side of Kangaroo Lake, you’ll find the Kangaroo Lake Preserve, featuring nearly 700 acres of lakeshore, boreal forest, cedar swampland and upland hardwood forest. This beautiful landscape also carries the distinction of being the first property purchased by the Door County Land Trust, in 1996.

Here you’ll find a 1.5-mile trail that’s perfect for most skill levels. Access the trailhead in the parking lot near the intersection of Maple Road and County E in Baileys Harbor. 

If you have not yet attempted this hike during the winter, it’s worth the trip. The trail is well marked and relatively flat, aside from the slight ascent and descent from the bluffs. 

The trail curves around the north side of Kangaroo Lake and offers several clearings where you can enjoy views of the frozen lake. Photo by Rachel Lukas.
Hunt for animal tracks on your journey. Black bears and cougars have been spotted in the area, so keep your eyes peeled! Photo by Rachel Lukas.
Get lost in the tranquility of the mixed-hardwood and conifer forest of this little-trekked preserve. Photo by Rachel Lukas.


Kangaroo Lake Preserve

Where: Find the trailhead near the intersection of Maple Road and County E in Baileys Harbor

Distance: 1.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy 

If you go: During the winter, good hiking shoes with traction are always helpful, and a walking stick doesn’t hurt either.