About Door County & Sturgeon Bay
The city of Sturgeon Bay is the county seat of beautiful Door County, Wisconsin. The Door County peninsula juts out into the stunning waters of Lake Michigan. Apart from being popular for its seasonal festivals and wine tasting activities, Door County is mostly all about water sports and the outdoors. It offers biking, hiking, photography, stand up paddleboarding, camping, kayaking, and many more outdoor activities.
With sparkling blue water and picturesque views of Lake Michigan, the shorelines of Sturgeon Bay and Door County make an ideal place for kayaking and paddleboarding.
TripOutside offers Door County kayak tours, stand-up paddleboarding tours, and kayak and SUP rentals to explore the Peninsula in all its glory- from it’s offshore islands to underwater caves to wave-worn limestone cliffs. Or you can rent an electric bike to enjoy the sights of Cave Point and Whitefish Bay Dunes effortlessly.
Door County Kayak Rentals & Tours
Door County kayak tours will let you witness the remarkable views of Lake Michigan and allow you to explore underwater caves, dunes, islands, and witness Door County’s beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Door County’s Peninsula State Park and Cave Point County Park have many unique places to kayak and paddleboard.
Cave Point County Park
This beautiful Park is situated on the shoreline of Lake Michigan close to Jacksonport. It is popular for its underwater caves, wave-worn limestone cliffs, and the many outdoor activities that it has to offer. With amazingly clear water and spectacular scenic beauty, Cave Point County Park makes for an ideal location to launch your kayak. If you are lucky and the water allows, you can actually paddle inside the caves and coves and also over some of the underwater caves.
Garrett Bay lies at the northern tip of the Door County Peninsula, nestled between Ellison Bay and Gills Rock, and is a great place for Door County kayaking. Paddle the beautiful shorelines of Door Bluff Headlands County Park and discover the rock formations engraved by Lake Michigan for many years. Garrett Bay is also known for the shipwreck of a schooner that sank in Lake Michigan in 1868.
Peninsula State Park
One of the largest state parks in Wisconsin, Peninsula State Park is located just 8 miles from Green Bay and is popular for outdoor recreation. Hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, and paddleboarding can all be enjoyed here. Snuggled between Ephraim and Fish Creek, it is one of the finer parks for kayaking. Views include Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Horseshoe Island, and Eagle Bluff, with a chance to discover unique fish and beautiful water birds.
Situated on the eastern shore of the Door County Peninsula, Baileys Harbor offers kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, and other water sports. With beautiful beaches like Anclam Beach Park and Ridges Park Beach and attractions like Cana Island Lighthouse and Ridges Sanctuary, Baileys Harbor also offers the amazing chance to explore its wetlands and see rare species of flora and fauna via kayak.
Other Door County Activities
Stand up paddleboarding is the best way to witness the many scenic waterways of Door County. Door County has nearly 300 miles of shoreline that offers fantastic places for paddle boarding. Glide through the clear Lake Michigan water while discovering the many caves, lighthouses, and other scenery. Along with Door County kayak rentals, renting a paddle board is super simple on TripOutside!
Rent an electric bike on TripOutside to make the most of the rustic beauty of the Door County Peninsula. Biking is a common activity in Sturgeon Bay, as it is by no doubt a beautiful opportunity to capture the scenic beauty of the peninsula! The pedal-assist feature on electric bikes will save you a lot of physical effort, letting you focus on the spectacular views, and allowing you to travel further.
How to Get to Door County & Sturgeon Bay
The nearest airport to Sturgeon Bay is the Green Bay–Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB/KGRB) on the southern end of the peninsula. The airport is approximately 54 miles away from Sturgeon Bay, which lies about halfway up the Door County peninsula.
Best Time of Year to Visit Door County
June to September are the perfect months to visit Door County kayaking and Sturgeon Bay if you are looking for outdoor recreation and enjoying the beautiful Lake Michigan. The summer months temperatures are perfect for hiking, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and running.