Category: Winter

  • ’Tis The Season To Ski For Free

    When conditions are favorable, trails at Crossroads at Big Creek will be groomed for skiing. If conditions are not favorable for skiing, the trails will still be open to the public all day, every day free of charge. Again this winter, Crossroads will offer its Ski-for-Free Program on weekends. Friends of Crossroads and volunteers from […]

  • Not So Major Of A Snow Storm

    Around the Door But more on the way Schools were closed and activities canceled on Jan. 9 as Door County braced for a snowstorm. The storm under-delivered – Door County was in the 5-10 inch zone, but topped out at 3 inches, others far less – with rain during a portion of Tuesday foiling some […]

  • Snowshoe, Len Villano, winter, hike

    Take a Hike

    Winter Hikes at the Ridges Every Friday at 1:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, starting Jan. 5 at the Ridges Sanctuary, 8166 WI-57 in Baileys Harbor  Join a naturalist for a wintry exploration of the Ridges. Hikes cost $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Hikers under 16 are free. Snowshoes […]

  • Stay Warm: Campfire at Crossroads

    Jan. 5, 5:30-7 pm, Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay Enjoy s’mores and songs around the campfire.

  • First Friday And Science Saturday Events At Big Creek

    Crossroads at Big Creek will host its First Friday Campfire on Jan. 5 from 5:30-7:30 pm, brightening the long winter night with a campfire, s’mores and campfire songs.   Hexagons are the subject of the next Science Saturday at 2 pm on Jan. 6. The program begins with a video: Hexagons are the Bestagons. Attendees will […]

  • A New Good Reason to Take a Cold Plunge

    37th New Year’s Day Jacksonport Polar Bear Plunge will now raise funds for Jacksonport Fire Department Each Jan. 1, the Jacksonport Fire Department helps take care of folks who take an ice-cold dip at the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Club Plunge. This year, and for years to come, the plunge participants will help take […]

  • 2024 Door County New Year’s Events: Drop, Plunge, Parade!

    Celebrating the start of a new year means donning winter gear in northern Door County, where dropping, plunging and parading are the traditions of choice, and they all take place outdoors. The ignition of your New Year’s spirit starts Sunday, Dec. 31 in Sister Bay at 8 pm with the annual fireworks display at the […]

  • New Year’s Day Hikes

    Begin the new year with a First Day Hike in three of Door County’s state parks. First Day Hikes are an initiative from the National Association of State Park Directors to encourage active outdoor recreation on New Year’s Day. Newport State Park – Hike the 1.2 mile Fern Trail at 1 pm. Meet at Lot […]

  • Skate-Ski School At Peninsula State Park

    Peninsula Nordic Ski Club’s inaugural Skate School will take place on the Peninsula State Park Golf Course on Jan. 7 from 12-1:30 pm. Skate skiing is a sport that pairs the enjoyment of cross country skiing with increased cardio conditioning. The golf course will be widely groomed and offer different levels of difficulty starting with […]

  • 7th Annual New Year’s Eve Cherry Drop

    Hundreds of revelers will gather in Sister Bay on New Year’s Eve for what has become a Door County tradition. The Cherry Drop, from FM 106.9 The Lodge, will be back at Husby’s Garage on Dec. 31. A crane will hoist the 300-pound cherry made of lights 120 feet above the ground on the day […]

  • Light Up Your Holiday Spirit

    Luminaries softly light the way during peaceful evening hikes at some of Door County’s most beautiful natural landscapes.  Join Crossroads at Big Creek for its Winter Solstice Luminary-lit Hike on Dec. 22 from 5:30-7 pm at 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay.   At The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, the Hidden Brook and Range Light […]

  • Open House At Newport State Park

    Dec. 16 The office at Newport State Park will be open and full of holiday cheer on Dec. 16 from 10 am – 2 pm. Enjoy cookies and cider, shop for park merchandise and pick up your state park entry stickers. A drawing will be held with special prizes. Newport State Park is located at […]

  • Crossroads At Big Creek December Events

    The 2023 Christmas Bird Count at Crossroads at Big Creek will be held on Dec. 16 from 8 am – 5:30 pm. Help identify local bird species while adding to over a century of community-science data. Families with children are encouraged to join the bird count from 2-3 pm as part of Crossroads’ Saturday Science […]

  • WILD THINGS: Winter’s Coming, But Only on Calendar

    Winter is coming Thursday, Dec. 21, but only on the calendar.  If the long-term forecast is accurate, those of us who love ice fishing, skating, sledding, skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling will need to be patient. Highs in the low 40s late this week and mid- to upper 30s the next seven days or so mean […]

  • Broomball Team Signup Under Way

    Cooler temperatures mean ice season is around the corner at the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink in Sister Bay.  Once temperatures consistently dip below freezing, crews can begin making ice on the rink. Keep an eye on the rink Facebook page at for updates on ice conditions.  It’s also time to get your […]

  • The Commute: For these riders, cycling isn’t seasonal

    There’s a growing community of recreational cyclists in Door County, but few who make cycling a part of their regular commute – and even fewer still who dare to continue that commute through the snow, slush and ice of winter on a peninsula with few bike lanes and little signage.  But some of us are […]

  • Wild Things: Spring Hearing Vote April 10-13

    Citizens may submit resolutions through March 1 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor This year’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spring fish and wildlife rules hearings and Conservation Congress meetings will feature a new twist. Although it will be the fourth-straight year for online-only voting – a 72-hour window from noon April 10 to […]

  • Wild Things: Two New Faces on Natural Resources Board

    Chair Prehn steps down; Bruins leaves, too by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Two new faces will fill seats on the state’s Natural Resources Board after a pair of former Gov. Scott Walker appointees – chair Fred Prehn and member Bill Bruins – resigned late last month. That ends a more-than-a-decade-long conservative majority on […]

  • Wild Things: Giant Muskie Hooked on Green Bay

    Hedsand caught 55-incher just prior to ice-up by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Door County’s roller coaster of a winter continued this week as Mother Nature teased ice anglers with a few cold nights, followed by another mild spell. The 10-day forecast isn’t much better, with highs often above freezing and lows mainly in […]

  • Winter Fun in Door County

    Christkindlmarkt  The Christkindlmarkt is returning to Sister Bay for the second year over three weekends: Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11. Last year’s event drew 10,000 visitors to the Corner of the Past Museum in Sister Bay to check out artists, artisans, beverages, food and live music. Also expect visits from Santa in the […]