Category: Winter

  • Wild Things: For Third Straight Year, DNR Meeting Vote Is Online Only

    by Kevin Naze, [email protected] COVID-19 has sacked the annual Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) fish and wildlife hearings and county Conservation Congress (CC) spring meetings for the third straight year.  Normally conducted in person, voting will again be done online. Members of the public will soon be able to submit citizen resolutions to be considered. […]

  • Kewaunee Ice Rink Open

    The Kewaunee County Promotions and Recreation Department has announced the opening of the Dana Farm Ice Skating Rink. The outdoor rink, at N3787 Ransom Moore Lane in Kewaunee and adjacent to Winter Park, has lights and is free to use, but visitors must take their own skates. Visitors also have access to the property’s park […]

  • Junior Nature Club, Ski For Free at Crossroads

    The Junior Nature Club – a group for preschool children and their companions – will meet Jan. 21, 10 am, to explore snow drifts. Activities will be outdoors, and there will be some time for unstructured play. Meet on the porch of the Collins Learning Center. When snow and temperature conditions allow, Crossroads’ Ski for Free program […]

  • Ski By Candlelight at Newport

    Newport State Park will hold its 32nd annual Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe event Feb. 12, 5:30-8 pm, when part of the trail will come alive by candlelight to guide participants through a glowing, magical winter wonderland. Newport Wilderness Society volunteers will place 300-plus candles along a 1.5-mile wooded trail section. The trail’s terrain is […]

  • Winterfest Returns Feb. 5

    Start honing your skills for the toilet-seat toss, minnow racing and ice bowling – Fish Creek’s Winterfest is back Feb. 5-6. On Saturday, attendees will find great food, music and fun in and around the large, heated tent in Clark Park starting at 10 am. Compete in the stumpf-fiddle contest, head to Lautenbach’s Orchard Country […]

  • Hike This: Winter at Anderson Pond

    Tucked off Moravia Street in Ephraim sits the Door County Land Trust’s Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond, a 26-acre preserve with a spring-fed pond as its centerpiece.  The land here once served as pasture, orchard and farmland, but in the hands of Aslag Anderson and his descendants, much of the land was undisturbed on the […]

  • Door to Nature: Icy Winter Affects Wildlife

    This strange winter weather of the past month has made finding food difficult for the local squirrel population. December brought 20 inches of snow to my upland hardwood area. The first 16 inches melted back to bare ground, and then the last few inches were covered by freezing rain. The ice-covered ground makes it hard […]

  • Kewaunee Snowmobile Trail Update

    Kewaunee County opened snowmobile trails in sections one (Red River area) and two (Algoma area) on Jan. 10, including a portion of the Ahnapee State Trail. This amounts to approximately 70 miles to ride. Six snowmobile clubs maintain Kewaunee County’s nearly 205 miles of trail and provide condition updates to the county’s Promotions and Recreation […]

  • It’s Free Fishing Weekend

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is hosting Free Fishing Weekend Jan. 15-16 to promote the fun and excitement of winter fishing. Anglers may fish state waters where there is an open season, and no fishing license or trout and salmon stamps are required. All other fishing regulations apply, such as observing limits on […]

  • Ringing in 2022

    Photos by Rachel Lukas Door County got in the New Year’s spirit with creative outdoor activities in Sister Bay, Jacksonport and Egg Harbor over the weekend. Photographer Rachel Lukas hopped around to capture the scenes as we said hello to 2022.  A “Balmy” Day for a Polar Plunge The 35th Jacksonport Polar Plunge drew a […]

  • Hike This: Logan Creek Trails

    Entering a wet-mesic forest habitat feels magical. White cedar, hemlock and pine shut out the sky. The darkened, hushed and hummocky trail, infused with balsamy aromatics, encourages silence. Moss coats everything from felled tree trunks to the edges of icy pools, bright splashes of green in the shadowy space. The deadfall in some places creates […]

  • Pond Hockey Tourney Moves to Sister Bay

    The Door County Pond Hockey Tournament has a new home. After fighting Mother Nature to host the tournament on Kangaroo Lake for seven years, organizers have moved the event to the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink in Sister Bay.  Event founder and organizer Brian Fitzgerald said the move will make for a better playing […]

  • Polar Plunging Back for 2022

    If you want to start 2022 feeling better about your winter tan or physique, try heading to Jacksonport to watch a sea of pure Wisconsinite hit the lake for the 35th Jacksonport Polar Bear Plunge.  The swim returns after a one-year COVID-19 pause in 2020. Organizer J.R. Jarosh said participants are welcome to make up […]

  • Egg Harbor Hosts New Year’s Day Parade

    Egg Harbor’s New Year’s Day Parade will be back Jan. 1, 1 pm. The 41st edition of the parade will run north from Stella Maris through town to County E. Want to be a part of the parade instead of watching? No formal registration is required. Just dress up, take your pets, push or pull […]

  • Dropping into 2022: New Year’s Eve Highlights

    New Year’s Eve used to be a relatively simple affair in Door County. You hit the supper club, wolfed down a steak or a lobster tail fresh from the bay, then maybe counted down to midnight with some friends wearing silly hats at a bar.  If you were lucky, there might be a band playing. […]

  • Winter Park Open for Snow Sports

    Winter Park in Kewaunee County has made enough snow to open the Prevea Health snow-tubing hill during special winter-break hours, ahead of opening the skiing and snowboarding runs. The tubing hill will be open Dec. 30, 10 am – 4 pm, and Jan. 2, 11 am – 5 pm.  The regular season for snow tubing, skiing and […]

  • Crossroads Guided Hikes

    Join the naturalist for about an hour Dec. 30, 1 pm, to visit the Ida Bay Preserve. Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Canal Road and Buffalo Ridge Trail, 1195 Canal Road, to explore the deep beech-hemlock forest at the preserve’s east end.  Join the pre-school-aged members of the Junior Nature Club […]

  • First Day Hike at Newport, Other State Properties

    Kick off your new year by getting out into nature on a First Day hike. Each year Wisconsinites join thousands across the nation hiking at state parks, forests or trails on New Year’s Day.  These hikes provide a way for individuals and families to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with […]

  • New Year’s Events Primer

    NEW YEAR’S EVE Here’s your guide to New Year’s Eve activities throughout Door County as of Dec. 20, 2021. Check for the latest updates!  Cherry Drop in Sister Bay The giant cherry is bouncing back to Sister Bay for New Year’s Eve, when the Cherry Drop, presented by FM 106.9 The Lodge, will return […]

  • Polar Bear Plunge Returns to Jacksonport

    The Jacksonport Polar Bear Club (JPBC) is preparing for its annual plunge into Lake Michigan on Jan. 1, 12 pm, to celebrate the new year with an icy dip. After canceling last year’s event, organizers are calling this the 35th and 36th annual event. More than 500 swimmers are expected to take the plunge, which […]