The Best Tips for Camping in Door County

Camping in Door County? Camping has been a major part of most people’s lives, especially during their vacation breaks. They plan it for years, and when it finally arrives, they want to make the most of it. Door County sits between Green Bay and Lake Michigan on a popular peninsula in Wisconsin.

It features a long shoreline with numerous parks to grant you a great experience on your visit. Sheltering Nicolet Beach, the Peninsula State Park provides a scenic and historical view of nature and beautifully-arrayed low-lying waters.

Tips for Camping in Door County

Newport State Park is a wilderness park located on Lake Michigan that boasts a lot of trails. As for Potawatomi State Park, it features a myriad of limestone cliffs and a beautiful natural backdrop.

What town is Peninsula State Park in?

Peninsula State Park sits on an average of 3,776 acres of a natural landmark and is a popular Wisconsin State Park. It features up to thirteen kilometers of Green Bay shoreline and is situated in Door County.

To date, Peninsula is the third largest Wisconsin nature park and has over a million visitors each year. The park was officially declared a state park in 1910 and was the second largest at the time in Wisconsin. Over the years, major developments were done on the site, and today, the amazing park we see is the hard work of the state, architects, and other dedicated workers.

With the millions of people visiting the park today, it sure has come a far way in satisfying the vacation needs of those who visit.

Peninsula State Park boasts over 468 campsites, a golf course (18-hole), trails (ski, hiking, and biking), a sandy beach, a summer theater, a lighthouse, and 150-foot bluffs. You sure will create a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your visit to this national park and campsite.

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How much does it cost to camp in Wisconsin state parks?

Camping in Wisconsin is limitless fun as there are countless campsites to choose from. But camping in Wisconsin does not always come with a free cost even though most of them have a small fee.

For most of the campsites in Wisconsin, the rate ranges based on the amenities and features offered at each site, as well as the times the reservations are made.

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For some of the parks, the weekday prices differ from weekend packages and also vary based on individual camping or group camping. Also, some offer different packages for residents against non-residents. Peninsula State Park offers packages like:

  • * Weekday non-electric/electric – $20/$35 (Residents) and $25/$40 (non-residents)
  • * Weekend nonelectric/electric – $22/$37 (Residents) and $27/$42 (non-resident)
  • Most of the other parks and campsites in the state range around the same price for each reservation.

Are there bears in Peninsula State Park?

The idea of seeing bears in Peninsula State Park is somewhat a low percentage as they are not spotted in the park boundaries that often. On rare occasions, people have noted they saw a few black bears during their visit, but is it not a threat to your visit or your campout.

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While camping, though, it is recommended to get food boxes that you can use to protect your food in case they come roaming around while you are not around. Other than that, they are not a threat, so no need to worry. Black bears tend to be scared of people at times and may only retaliate if they are threatened.

Are there bears in Door County?

Black bears are not popular in Door County, and the chances of seeing one are really at an all-time low. Maybe one could be in the deep rural regions of the park, but it will never come out for sure. They are more popular in Peninsula State Park but still not so common to cause fear.

Are dogs allowed in Peninsula State Park?

Peninsula State Park is a place for every member of the family to include your pets. After all, you wouldn’t want to leave them home alone while you are out, creating memories. The park is pet-friendly and allows you to take your dogs with you to the many campsites available.

However, you must ensure your dog is always on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet so you can control them easily. Also, it is illegal to leave your pets unattended, and there are no fees to include your pets in your reservation.

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Play in Nature at Peninsula State Park

After a few weeks in Indiana, it was nice to get back to our home state for camping! We zipped to the Door County Peninsula for a week and played in Door County! Peninsula State Park is the most popular state park in Wisconsin, with great reason.

Play in Nature at Peninsula State Park

The state park in the heart of famous Door County offers over 460 family campsites scattered over 5 campgrounds. Peninsula State Park has over 3,700 acres with eight miles of Green Bay shoreline, making it the third-largest state park in Wisconsin. It is a great place to visit if you like to find perfection in the imperfections of nature.

When taking a group there are three reservable areas strictly for tent camping. There is a camping host for any questions or concerns you may have throughout your camping trip.

The camping sites are not all electrical hookups so you’ll need to pick up some firewood if you plan to cook. As usual, outside firewood is prohibited inside the park, firewood is available at the wood yard and some local businesses.

Moving firewood into the park has the potential to carry diseases or tree pests that are harmful to the park. Plan ahead though, the in-park wood sale is only 4 to 7 pm each day.

Play in Nature at Peninsula State Park

North Nicolet Bay campground has amenities like hot water, a shower, and a flushable toilet system. You’ll find additional showers at the beach area. Peninsula has only one sand swimming beach which Nicolet Bay is a part of. Nicolet Bay has a playground, two volleyball courts, and a camp store.

The campground offers a boat launch and the camp store offers boat and bike rentals. This is where we parked our pop-up, close to the pit toilets. That is why each morning, while the chickadees were sharing their morning song, Miss Sarah and I would briskly walk a few rows over to the flush toilets.

Both bathrooms need a little updating with all the cracked tiles, etc and only one of the two showers in the ladies’ room was working.

Play in Nature at Peninsula State Park

All areas have nice roads between the sites and are perfect if you bring that bucket of chalk for the littles!

South Nicolet Bay campgrounds have 140 campsites with over 50 campsites having power, 25 of which are not reservable. The area has two amenities for hot water, flush facilities, and showers for campers.

It didn’t matter where we were, we had a poor signal for making calls – see the Mr standing on the picnic table for the nightly call with his dad, LOL!

Play in Nature at Peninsula State Park

At Tennison Bay 97 campsites out of the 144 are electric with all sites being reservable, The campgrounds on this site are safe for campers with disabilities. There is no swimming at Tennison Bay but the nearest beach is at Nicolet Bay which is a mile away from Tennison Bay. During the winter a portion of Tennison bay campgrounds is kept open for winter camping with electrical hookups.

Weborg Point is an all-electrical campground but this site doesn’t have a campground host. The site offers a hot shower and a building with flushable toilets. A concrete fishing pier is located west of the campground you can relax and do a little fishing or you can catch dinner for the night.

Weickers Point located north of the campground has a reservable shelter, the shelter is enclosed on all sides but has no electrical service, with a fireplace, and fluorescent lighting making it perfect for a group function or a family reunion.

Peninsula State Park has the White Cedaar Nature Center – with a ton of programs for the littles! It is slated to be added on to – and with good reason! The program we dropped in on was packed!

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The Nicolet Beach made for a great way to relax in the afternoon. It twas Miss Sarah’s favorite place to cool off – she even went full-on with the swimsuit a few times instead of with her short and t-shirt!

Peninsula State Park has coastal wetlands, forests, bluff’s, and meadows with breathtaking colors from July to August, that makes it a great park to view local wildlife. A nature center with nature programs you can check out until you’re ready to head back to camp.

The state park is home to over 120 different bird species like Orioles and beautiful Red-Winged blackbirds. You might catch a glimpse of a raccoon but beware he may want to dig through the cooler for snacks to call his own, let the lullaby of a barred owl sing you to sleep; these owls can be found in the Tennison campgrounds.

Other wildlife that may make an appearance are rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, skunks, and porcupines so it’s a good idea not to leave food outside of your tent or in the campsite.

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