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Getting outside in Door County is a must! While you can always explore a trail or lake shore on your own, the calendar is dotted with guided hikes, wildlife tours, bird watching treks, and cross-country skiing meetups. Find a group bicycle ride, a naturalist session, or paddleboard tour and explore Door County’s natural wonders.

  • Birkie

    Inspired by the Challenge: Training for the Birkie

    It is Monday, January 23rd, and I am breaking a sweat in the 30-degree air. I am trying to cross-country ski over hilly terrain, but the result might be more accurately described as chasing my cousin Helen through the woods with boards attached to my feet. My mission: to prepare for the American Birkebeiner. That […]

  • Laying Up the Winter Fleet: Bringing Great Lakes Freighters to Port

    “The iron boats go as the mariners all know, with the gales of November remembered.”  – Gordon Lightfoot, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald The predawn morning is met with a blanket of fog that hangs heavy over the thickening ice of Sturgeon Bay’s outer harbor. Harsh, cold winds pile snow into ripples and drifts across […]

  • Fresh Picked: Family-style Fall Festivities

    The sky seems a bit bluer, and the air surely feels a bit brisker. At this time of year, there’s something to be said for just sitting quietly and watching the leaves turn color, but with all of the activity surrounding the peninsula’s autumn harvest, it would be a shame not to reap some of […]

  • Frostbite Sailing

    The fall wears on toward winter, and the signs of the changing season are everywhere. As the days get even shorter, the geese as well as the summertime crowds have mostly moved south. The marinas and harbors are emptier after each weekend. As the temperatures fall and the waters of Green Bay darken, sailors might […]

  • Night Skies Over Washington Island

    Visitors to Washington Island often remark how different the sky is here. Imagine if you will, a sea of stars or a light show of Northern Lights for your night’s entertainment. No?“curtain call” to make, no black tie – just you and the night sky. Why is the night sky over Washington Island so different […]

  • Yachtsmen in Training: The Sturgeon Bay Sail Training Foundation

    Door County’s access to Lake Michigan and the Green Bay waters has afforded the peninsula a rich maritime heritage. A piece of that heritage continues to thrive off the shores of Sturgeon Bay thanks to the Sturgeon Bay Sail Training Foundation. Each summer this organization trains young and old alike to learn and perfect the […]

  • Ephraim Yacht Club: 100 Years

    The summer of 2006 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) and its famous Ephraim Regatta. The Ephraim Regatta is the oldest continuous regatta in the United States and it continues to draw many sailors and enthusiasts to Door County’s shores. July 24th of 1906 was the inception of the charter […]

  • Can’t Bluff the Bluff: Door County’s triathlon

    With hundreds of miles of coastline, and thousands of open and protected acres, the Door County peninsula has long been an attraction to those who love and appreciate outdoor activities and adventures. Boaters, bathers, bikers and hikers have been drawn to the area for many years to take advantage of the ample land and water […]

  • Coming to a Shoreline Near You: Phragmites Australis a.k.a. “Phrankengrass”

    This is a tale of invasion, the story of an alien grass that is steadily taking over the shorelines and wetlands of Northeast Wisconsin. The bad seed in this story is an exotic, or non-native, strain of phragmites australis, otherwise known as common reed grass. Unfortunately for most residents of the Door Peninsula – human, […]

  • The Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond

    The Village of Ephraim is renowned for its beauty – its white buildings gracefully nestled amidst a stunning natural backdrop, facing another Door County treasure, Peninsula State Park. Until recently, however, other than the wetland preserve on the south end of the village, little environmentally significant land in Ephraim was in permanent conservation status and […]

  • Faces of the Past: Chester Thordarson

    One of the most fascinating characters in Door County’s history has to be Chester Thordarson, particularly where Rock Island is concerned. Born in Iceland in 1867, Thordarson immigrated with his family to Milwaukee when he was nearly six years old. Chester and his family moved throughout the Midwest and by the time he was 20, […]

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    What Role Do Double-Crested Cormorants Play in the Great Lakes Fisheries?

    Those who’ve visited the Door County shoreline in recent years may have noticed an increased number of a distinctive bird – the cormorant. Current studies are slowly revealing the impact these birds have on the Great Lakes ecosystem. A relative of the pelican, Double-crested Cormorants have a four-foot wingspan and an orange throat pouch that […]

  • Yacht Works’ Annual Boat Show

    As boat-launching season nears, Yacht Works in Sister Bay is preparing for their 4th Annual Boat Show. This exceptional two-day event takes place over Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 27th and 28th. Representatives from boat manufacturers Chris Craft, Everglades by Dougherty, and Cranchi will all be present to perform sea trials and […]

  • Evidence of a Fish Story: Charter Fishing in Door County

    I’ve always thought the best way to see Door County was from the water, looking back toward the peninsula. Whether paddling a kayak along the shoreline of Lake Michigan or island hopping aboard a sailboat in Green Bay, there is nothing better than peering at the sandy beaches, rugged bluffs, and quaint villages and being […]

  • Door County Celebrations

    Olde Ellison Bay Days Olde Ellison Bay Days, June 23rd – 25th, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Sponsored by the Ellison Bay Men’s Club, this three-day event kicks off with a talent show on Friday night at the North Fire Station. Apart from enjoying the amateur talent, locals show up to see who will […]

  • Paul Burton

    Wildflowers: Discovering Door County’s Treasures

    Treasure hunts aren’t just for little kids. Door County offers kids of all ages an opportunity to hunt for compelling treasures—hundreds of unique wildflowers. The prospect of seeing Blue-Eyed Grass or a Dragon’s Mouth or a Ram’s Head has lured many a couch potato outdoors on a personal treasure hunt. Numerous species of wildflowers are […]

  • The Golf Course Transformed: Hill 17 in Peninsula State Park

    Hill 17 on the Peninsula State Park course offers golfers a gorgeous treetop view to tee off from. As one drives into the park from the Ephraim entrance, the golf course presents itself immediately to the right, but to the left there’s nothing but a forest of trees. Shortly thereafter, driving to the golf course […]

  • Connecting Two Worlds: The Washington Island Ferry Line

    The distance from Northport pier, on the northern tip of the Door peninsula, to Washington Island’s Detroit Harbor is just a few miles, but in so many ways the two may as well be worlds apart. Between the shores run the foreboding waters of Death’s Door, which earned its moniker in the days when sailing […]

  • Snowshoeing the Door

    Snowshoeing provides the means for truly discovering those places on both our cognitive and paper maps. For those who love being outdoors and for those who aren’t sure, snowshoeing affords the freedom from groomed ski and snowmobile trails and is a great way to stay in shape through the winter months. Romantic images of explorers […]

  • Kevin Barta

    Iceboating: Pure Speed

    The scene is late December. Whistling winds breathe freezing temperatures upon the Door County winter landscape yet not a flake of snow has fallen. On a bed of ice from an inland lake a distant thunder may be heard from an oddly shaped craft traveling at a remarkably high speed. To be on the ice […]