Walking on Water

It looks like a surfboard, paddles like a kayak and is one of the most accessible ways to explore Door County’s waters.

At an initial investment of less than $200 on the low end, stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) provide the foundation for one of the more approachable and budget-friendly water sports. The SUP’s wide base makes it accommodating for those who feel more comfortable kneeling or sitting when paddling, and the technique for gliding over the water is friendly to all ages and can be picked up after only a few tries.

Where to go?

Cave Point

As with any water sport enjoyed in Door County, the options of places to paddle are many. But the many SUP outfitters on the peninsula agree: Newbies should check out Cave Point first. The water tends to be a bit quieter, and the geological backdrop does not disappoint!

Nicolet Bay

In Fish Creek, Nicolet Bay tends to be more congested than other locations, but the SUP rentals within Peninsula State Park offer easy, by-the-hour access for someone who just wants to try a quick paddle.

Eagle Harbor

Around the bluff, Eagle Harbor in Ephraim blends the security of paddling in a protected harbor with spectacular scenery and expansive water views for an outing that will have even the most novice paddlers looking and feeling like pros. 

Mink River Estuary

But why should big waters get all the fun? Head over to Rowleys Bay, where, on a nice day, the Mink River’s calm waters offer a fun change of scenery.

Where to Rent?

Ready to give it a go? Check out one of these local rental locations to begin your SUP adventure.

Bayshore Outfitters
59 N. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay
9993 Water St. in Ephraim
2457 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay

Door County Kayak Tours
6329 Hwy 57 in Jacksonport

Lakeshore Adventures
8113 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor

DC Adventure Center
4497 Ploor Road in Sturgeon Bay

Nicolet Beach
Inside Peninsula State Park