We are heading to Peninsula State Park Thursday, Oct 11. Thru Sunday, Oct. 15. Peninsula State Park is located in beautiful Door County. We are staying at Lakeshore Group Area which is, of course, on the lake. Feel free to bring your canoes and kayaks.
Cost: The cost for trip is $20 per person. This is for the Campsite, Firewood, Paypal Fees and misc.
Refund Policy: A full refund will be given on or before Oct 4. No refund after Oct 4.
Meals: We are planning to have a potluck on Friday Night. Please bring your best dish to pass. Saturday Evening, we are planning on heading to town to eat. Sister Bay Festival is going on. It is BYOB for all beverages. You are responsible for your own food for other meals; Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.
Vehicle and Bike Fees: Wisconsin State Park Vehicle Sticker is $10 per night or $35 per year. A State Trail Pass (available at park headquarters) is required for bicyclists age 16 and older using off-road bike trails ($4 per day or $20 per year).
Notes: Well-behaved kids and dogs are allowed on the trip. Kids must pay the trip fee. Our site is located on the lake so feel free to bring your kayak or canoes. Boats may not be left along the shoreline overnight.
Peninsula State Park, established in 1909, is a 3,776-acre state treasure on Wisconsin's Door County peninsula. Nearly seven miles of Lake Michigan's Green Bay shoreline wrap around a landscape of forests, meadows and wetlands. Rocky bluffs ascend over 150 feet while deer graze contentedly in abandoned farm fields. Considered Wisconsin's most complete park, Peninsula is also its most popular camping destination.
Recreational opportunities are boundless. Visitors can hike, bike, boat, golf and swim during spring, summer and fall. Winter offers cross country skiing, snoeshoeing, sledding and snowmobiling. Camping, nature programs, and sightseeing are offered year-round.
Peninsula State Park truly is a magnificent destination. You will not be disappointed.
Sister Bay Fall Festival: http://www.cometosisterbay.com/festivals-and-events/fall-fest/
DNR Website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/peninsula/
Map of Park: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/peninsula/pdfs/pensummermap.pdf
We are camping at Lakeshore Group Area. Only tent camping is allowed. Electric service is not available at group campsites. Pit toilets and water fountains are located centrally between the campsites. The closest hot water, shower and flush toilet facilities are at South Nicolet Bay Campground about one-half mile away. Motor vehicles are allowed only in the parking lots.
The Sunset Bike Route (10 miles) winds through northern forest framed by dramatic Sven's Bluff. Off-road bike trails (12 miles) are rough and rolling. A state trail pass (available at park headquarters) is required for bicyclists age 16 and older using off-road bike trails
Eagle Trail offers close-up views of the Niagra Escarpment. The White Cedar Nature Trail is a half-mile loop near the Nature Center. Peninsula has a total of 20 miles of hiking trails.
Boating, canoeing and kayaking
Tour Peninsula from the water for incredible views, fine fishing and great fun. The park's eight-mile shoreline is popular with motor boats, sailboats and kayaks. A launch ramp is located at Nicolet Bay. Day-use only vehicle and trailer parking is available near the ramp. Peninsula campers have overnight trailer parking at the amphitheater lot. Kayaks often launch at Tennison Bay, which has a shallow draft.
Horseshoe Island, the only island that is part of Peninsula State Park, is picture perfect from Nicolet Bay. It lies about 1 mile north of Nicolet Bay. It is accessible only by boat. Engelmar Trail, a 1-mile rustic path, meanders the circumference of the 38-acre island. Camping and fires are prohibited. Visitors must carry out their own garbage.
Sightseeing and touring
Peninsula is known for breathtaking views of Green Bay. There are eight miles of Green Bay shoreline within the park, compelling visitors to stop, take a photo, and rest.
Watch the glowing orb of sunlight sink into the shimmering waters of Green Bay.
Sunset Spots: Popular sunset spots in the park are the Tennison Boat Launch, Welcker's Point and Eagle Tower. After dusk, Sven's Bluff offers clear views of starry skies.
Eagle Tower: Eagle Tower, at 75-feet tall, offers extraordinary views of Green Bay islands and even the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Originally built as a forest fire observation platform (1914), the tower stands 225 above the water.
Scenic Overlooks: Skyline Road traverses the highest terrain, providing excellent views of the local islands and landscape. Shore Road follows the lower coast with access to the cobblestone beach. Sven's Bluff and Eagle Panorama are favorite look-outs.
Historic Burial Sites: Both a private and a public cemetery can be found nestled within Peninsula's boundaries. Blossomburg Cemetery is open to the public for visits during regular park day-use hours, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. The Pioneer Cemetery, near Weborg Point, is privately owned and maintained.
Memorial Pole: Chief Simon Onanghuisse Kahquados, the last hereditary chief of the Potawatomi Nation, is buried near the Memorial Pole on the golf course. Belgian artist C. M. Lesaar carved the original pole in 1927, basing designs on art created by Vida Weborg. Park staff replaced the original pole in 1970 with a laminated pine replica carved by Adlai Hardin. The pole was painted and restored again in the fall of 1994. View the bear carving that topped the original pole at the White Cedar Nature Center. The Memorial Pole and Chief Khaquados' grave may be visited only during non-play hours at the golf course.
This is a great trip. I hope you can make it.
Kevin D. Wakeman
Chicago Hiking, Outdoors, and Social Group(www.chicagohikers.com)
Chicago Camping & Outdoors Adventure Group(www.chicagocampers.com)
Southwest Suburbs Sports, Outdoors, and Social Group(www.kevinisgreat.com)