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Door County - Peninsula State Park

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.

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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.

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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

Camping

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.

Map: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/peninsula/pdfs/groupcampmap.pdf

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Biking

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

Hiking

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.

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This is a great trip. I hope you can make it.

Kevin

Kevin D. Wakeman

Organizer

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)

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  • Kevin

    Great time even in the cold, wind, and rain.

    October 16, 2012

  • Rock

    Thanks Kevin, was a great time!

    October 15, 2012

  • Heidi

    Hi Gang,
    I've got a kid commitment Friday nite. I'm considering driving up late Friday or very early Saturday morning with 2 other friends because this park is worth staying even for one night. But, I was wondering does anyone have room for 3 "strays" as it would be disruptive to set up camp at 3 am. :)

    October 8, 2012

    • Kevin

      You can come up for any part of the weekend you like. Please let me know if your plans. Thanks, Kevin

      October 10, 2012

  • Linda K

    I see we are at the Lake Shore camp.

    October 8, 2012

  • Linda K

    Brian and I are driving up Thursday morning to make the most of the long drive. Which camp site is reserved and what is the earliest we can set up camp? It's going to be a great weekend!!

    October 8, 2012

  • Marty C

    Yehaaa, just got vacation days approved today. Will be blasting out of Westmont Thursday 7:00-8:00. Plan on checking out some Milwaukee sites then, head up to the 'Door'. Like Kev's stated above, "This is a great trip"

    October 4, 2012

  • Nitin

    Hi all. I am looking for a ride on Thursday ( one-way ) from either Skokie area or from downtown area. Will share gas, tolls, parking. Please let me know.

    September 30, 2012

  • Donna C.

    Hi, I guess I'm still not meant to go tenting. I won't be going to this event. I wish you all a LOT of fun.

    September 30, 2012

  • Donna C.

    Well Tim S is not going to attend.
    Could I please request a ride from someone?
    I will meet you at your place if more convenient and we can go from there. I don't think I'd like to be the driver for that distance.
    Let me know.
    Thank you.

    September 26, 2012

  • Rock

    'Rock Island' might be a cool place to camp sometime too! It's out in Lake Michigan off of Washington Island in Door County...

    September 24, 2012

  • Rock

    I'd would love to venture into Sister Bay for the festival, Friday and Saturday night!

    September 24, 2012

  • Heidi

    Sister Bay Fall Festival is going on that weekend and it's a ton of fun. Would this group plan on venturing into town Friday and/or Saturday nite or staying campside?

    September 24, 2012

  • Donna C.

    hi,
    Anyone driving from the Northwest?
    I am still hoping to go with Tim, but he is still a maybe.
    I live in Lake in the Hills and would love to ride with someone, share the cost of gas and parking...
    I took the day off work for Thursday and Friday.
    Let me know. I can drive to your place if you have a place to park.
    I can even share in the driving, but I know I can't drive it both ways for the short weekend after my first tenting event.
    Thanks,
    Donna

    September 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we comeover there by Friday and join with you folks? I have to be at work on Friday.

    September 19, 2012

    • Kevin

      You can come up or leave anytime you want. Because of the long drive, we are making 3 day weekend. Join us at your convenience.

      September 20, 2012

  • Kevin

    Hi Campers,

    Door County - Peninsula State Park Camping Trip is a Pre-Paid Trip. I am removing anyone that hasn't paid yet shortly. You can re-sign up at anytime. When you re-sign up, you will have to pay with paypal. Cost: The cost for trip is $38 per person. This is for Dinner Friday and Saturday, Breakfast Friday and Saturday, Campsite Fee, Firewood, Miscellaneous Camping Equipment, and Paypal fees.

    Refund Policy: A full refund will be given on or before Oct 4. No refund after Oct 4.

    If you want to mail me a check, send it to:

    Kevin Wakeman
    6020 Lakebluff Drive
    Tinley Park, IL 60477

    Please email me to let me know payment is on the way.

    Thanks,

    Kevin

    September 19, 2012

  • Denise

    Kevin Are you sending details? Which campsite do we ask for? Thanks!

    September 6, 2012

    • Kevin

      I will send details a few days before the trip. We are at the Lakeside Group Campsite.

      September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Kevin for organizing! I paid and can't wait to see Door County! My husband will probably help you cook. :)

    September 17, 2012

    • Kevin

      I have your payment. Thanks.

      September 19, 2012

  • Rock

    Maria, Yes to a Thursday departure.
    Please feel free to email me at [masked] and we can iron out more details.

    September 7, 2012

  • Maria

    I'm looking to car pool with someone. I live on the Northside.

    September 6, 2012

    • Rock

      Hi Maria, I'd enjoy the company if you need a ride there and back...

      September 6, 2012

    • Maria

      Sounds great Rock! Are you planning on leaving on Thur?

      September 6, 2012

  • Maria

    Hi Kevin, I'd be happy to help you plan the meals :)

    August 15, 2012

  • Kevin

    I am thinking about doing meals this trip: Dinner Friday and Saturday Nights and 3 breakfasts. I am looking for someone to help plan a menu. Please let me know if you are interested.

    August 15, 2012

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