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  • Where’s the Nude Beach at Newport Park?

    At the end of my conversation with Newport State Park superintendent Michelle Hefty in her office for the fall issue of our sister publication Door County Living magazine, I asked her the standard final question for interviews as a journalist: Is there anything I’m missing? After her universal response that she had just been blathering […]

  • VIDEO: Schoolhouse Beach, Washington Island

    Take a visit to Schoolhouse Beach on Washington Island, one of the most picturesque beaches in Wisconsin. The beach is made of millions of smooth limestone rocks and clear blue waters on the northern side of the island. A favorite for sunbathing, swimming, and rock skipping, the beach is named for a schoolhouse that once […]

  • Gibraltar Hopes to Preserve Beach Bathhouse

    The preservation of an old building on the expanded Fish Creek Beach property was the primary focus of the Gibraltar Town Board meeting May 5. The town hopes to repurpose the building as bathrooms when it expands the public beach. “That building that we’re looking at is an historic building, it’s been here since about […]

  • Fish Creek Begins Work on New Beach

    After Town of Gibraltar board members walked through the newly expanded beach property on Feb. 22, they met to discuss plans for the lot. While the board hopes to have the property open to the public by the summer, managing zoning changes and working with the Department of Transportation (DOT) on highway resurfacing plans has complicated […]

  • Cairns: Environmental Art or Vandalism?

    Editor’s note: Prompted by an Oct. 12 agenda item for a meeting of the Door County Airport and Parks Committee, contributors Paul Burton and Megan Lundahl share their perspectives on environmental art. The agenda item in question was the issue of building cairns at Cave Point County Park. Lundahl, a Door County supervisor, initially requested […]

  • Celebrate Newport Wilderness Day Sept. 4

    Sept. 4 is Newport Wilderness Day at Newport State Park. This event was started in 1992 as a way for the members of Newport Wilderness Society, the park’s friends group, to showcase their beautiful wilderness park. Volunteers lead hikes on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, covering many areas of interest. This year’s programs include: […]

  • The Sharrows, Marina Fest & More Weekend Plans

    Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and with it comes incredible chances to take in Door County’s vibrant art, music and people. Guffaw your way through a hilarious fall comedy, gear up for some outrageous karaoke, or get your hands on some beautifully quilted pieces. Friday, Sept. 2 Opening Reception Step into The Hardy Gallery, […]

  • Belgian Kermiss, Kite Festival & More Weekend Plans

    Summer is quickly coming to a close. Be sure to take advantage of the beautiful August weather. Survey the land on Plum Island, watch some Shakespeare in Potawatomi State Park or spelunk through the Horseshoe Bay Cave. Friday, Aug. 19 Honey Dewdrops Take a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine to enjoy before Woodwalk […]

  • Baileys Harbor Adds to Public Waterfront Access Points

    Baileys Harbor resident Mariah Goode presented an idea to the town board at its Aug. 8 meeting to spruce up three public waterfront access points in the town. The idea to draw more attention to the waterfront access points is one of the many ideas developed during a weekend community envisioning experience held in the […]

  • Beach Water Testing at Crossroads at Big Creek

    On May 27 & 28, the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek will be closed to the public as researchers from the Environmental Research Innovation Center (ERIC) of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh transform the Upper Level into a research laboratory for the summer. In the Crossroads lab, they will again test water from […]

  • Public Comments Sought on Great Lakes Beach Listings

    Public comments and feedback are needed to help the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources complete its annual listing of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior beaches. Following significant water level changes in 2014, DNR intensified its annual review of Great Lakes beaches and updated the listing. DNR is now encouraging feedback on the latest list, which […]

  • Wisconsin’s Poor Water Monitoring Efforts

    An investigative report by the Izaak Walton League of America shows that Wisconsin residents have much to be concerned about when it comes to pollution in their local streams and rivers. The state received an overall grade of “C+” for its water quality monitoring efforts. Wisconsin does not test enough local river and stream sites […]

  • Algoma Awarded Grant for Crescent Beach

    The City of Algoma learned this week that it was among 26 grant recipients from the Fund for Lake Michigan. The city will receive $75,000 to take the first step in a plan to improve the city’s centerpiece, Crescent Beach. In the past, Crescent Beach has had problems both with E. coli and cladophora. It […]

  • Framed: Polar Bears in Jacksonport

    Jacksonport Polar Bear swimmers make their way back to warm, dry land after taking the plunge on New Year’s Day. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Polar Bear Swim, Mini Golf, First Day Hikes & More Weekend Plans

    From the annual polar bear swim in Jacksonport to a frosty mini golf tournament in Ephraim (not to forget Egg Harbor’s yearly New Year’s Day Parade), we’ve got the top picks to start your 2016 off right! Friday, January 1 Jacksonport Polar Bear Swim Take a plunge in the brisk waters of Lake Michigan for […]

  • Fish Creek Rethinking Waterfront Access Areas

    A Waterfront Master Plan is in the works for Fish Creek with the goal of redeveloping public water access areas. The plan will focus on the town docks, boat launches and the public beach with a long-term design to be developed over the next year. Although separate from the planned highway resurfacing slated for the […]

  • Far From the Madding Crowd: Liberty Grove Town Parks

    Door County offers five popular state parks, three of them in Northern Door, as well as a number of county parks and Land Trust properties. But for those who like to relax far from the madding crowd, the Township of Liberty Grove maintains 14 small public parks.

  • Lake Levels 101: Where is the Water?

    The lake was more than a foot higher in spring 2012 than spring 2013. The long-term average level of the lake is more than two feet higher than it is now. So go to a beach and stand at the point where the water meets the land. Imagine the waves raised by a foot, rolling […]

  • Porte des Morts Shore Access Moving Forward

    Getting to the water at Porte des Morts Park in Liberty Grove is tricky – especially for those carrying equipment. The water is at the bottom of a steep bluff, and getting to it involves a challenging climb down.

  • Anclam Park Undergoes Renovations

    By this time next year, kiteboarders could be launching from a completely renovated beach at Anclam Park. The first phase of the renovations, which focuses on the beach’s infrastructure, is currently underway, and the second phase, which focuses on beautification, will likely begin next year. The Town of Baileys Harbor recently contracted Rass Excavating and […]