Door County Camping Ultimate Guide 2024

Friendships are forged and families fortified around the campfire. Door County already offers an unparalleled camping location with awe-inspiring scenery, thousands of campsites, and endless opportunities for things to do. With the right information and a little planning, you will never forget your Door County camping experience, and you will plan to come again. We’re here to help with information by giving you everything you need to know for an unforgettable Door County camping trip.

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Where to Camp

Door County offers thousands of campsites, from backcountry pack-in campsites to full-service RV sites in private campgrounds with abundant activities and amenities.

State Park Camping in Door County

Picture depicting door county camping.
Camping by Brian Elliot via Flickr. Used by permission (public domain).

Door County State Parks are known as the “Crown Jewel” of the Wisconsin State Parks system. Four of the five state parks in Door County offer camping. (Whitefish Dunes State Park does not have a campground.) Campsites in Wisconsin state parks book up months ahead, and this is especially the case for Door County campgrounds. Reserve your Door County camping site in a Wisconsin State Park well in advance.

To camp in Wisconsin State Parks, you will need to purchase a vehicle admission sticker and pay a campsite fee. Campsite reservations are not required but are practically necessary from Spring through Fall.

Peninsula State Park

Picture depicting Peninsula State Park in Door County Wisconsin
Peninsula Wisconsin State Park Entrance by Richie Diesterheft. Used by permission (CC BY-SA2.0).

Peninsula State Park has something for everyone: an outdoor theater, sand beach, bike trails, 20 miles of hiking trails, an 18-hole golf course, and a lighthouse.

At Hello Door County, we especially recommend making your Instagram followers envious by posting the views along Skyline Road and Shore Road. We also love visiting the Eagle Buff Lighthouse and hiking along the Eagle Trail.

Peninsula State Park’s proximity to Fish Creek, one of the busier villages in Door County, might be desirable to some but a drawback to those who want to get away from the crowds. If you want a more secluded experience, look to Newport State Park or Rock Island State Park.

Peninsula State Park’s five campgrounds offer 468 family campsites. Winter and group camping are also available.

Website: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/peninsula
Camping Page: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/peninsula/recreation/camping
Phone: 920-868-3258
Address: 9462 Shore Rd., Fish Creek , WI 54212

Potawatomi State Park

Rock formation at Peninsula State Park
Untitled by Ryan Dickey. Used by permission (CC BY 2.0).

The highlight of camping in Potawatomi State Park is the access it gives to the bay of Sturgeon Bay, an arm of the bay of Green Bay, and a fishing and boating hotspot. Potawatomi has a boat launch in the Sawyer Harbor of Sturgeon Bay. Waters here are usually calm enough for novice kayakers and canoers.

Potawatomi’s Daisy campground has 123 sites including 40 with electricity. The park also offers the “Cabin by the Bay,” a facility designed to help persons with disabilities enjoy a Door County camping experience.

Those looking for access to Sawyer Harbor, Sturgeon Bay, and Green Bay will enjoy this park. However, the city of Sturgeon Bay is visible from parts of Potawatomi, so those looking for a more secluded experience may want to look at Newport State Park or Rock Island State Park.

Website: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/potawatomi
Camping Page: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/potawatomi/recreation/camping
Phone: 920-746-2890
Address: 3740 Cty Hwy PD, Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235

Newport State Park

Picture depicting sunrise over Lake Michigan at Newport State Park, Wisconsin.
Newport State Park by Amy Meredith via Flickr. Used by permission (CC BY-ND 2.0).

Newport State Park is Hello Door County’s favorite of the Wisconsin State Parks in Door County. Newport offers more of a wilderness experience than the other state parks, and the camping available aligns with that experience. Instead of drive-up sites, all of the sites in Newport State Park are pack-in sites. You will not find electric sites, nearby running water (although it is available within the park), or similar amenities. What you will find, however, is starry skies, quiet, and a wilderness experience that will nurture the soul.

Put some extra time into choosing your campsites at Newport State Park, as some of them offer access to what are essentially private beaches. Lake Michigan waters are cold, so you probably won’t want to do much swimming before mid-July or after mid-August. However, the beaches are nice to sit on even if the air and water temperatures are a little cooler. You can use Google’s satellite view to help identify campsites near beaches.

A word to the wise: When reserving a campsite in Newport State Park on Wisconsin State Park’s camping reservation system, make sure to check the “Backpack” selector. The “Campsite” option will not bring up Newport State Park’s campsites.

Those looking for a quiet and secluded experience away from the crowds will love camping at Newport State Park. Those who want more amenities and access to tourist activities should look to Potawatomi State Park or Peninsula State Park.

Website: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/newport
Camping Page: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/newport/recreation/camping
Phone: 920-854-2500
Address: 475 Cty Hwy NP, Ellison Bay, WI 54210

Rock Island State Park

Picture depicting Rock Island State Park, Wisconsin.
Evening Shoreling at Rock Island by Joshua Meyer via Flickr. Used by permission (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Rock Island State Park offers one of the most unique camping experiences not only in Wisconsin but also in the Lower-48 of the United States of America. In Rock Island State Park, you will camp on an island only accessible by taking two ferries. No vehicles are allowed on the island. And, it has a gorgeous boathouse, an architectural wonder nearly a century old, built by an eccentric industrial magnate. Finally, Rock Island boasts one of Door County’s most inaccessible but most striking lighthouses.

While worth it, getting to Rock Island requires some advance planning. Most visitors will need to take the Washington Island Ferry from Gills Rock on the Door Peninsula to Detroit Harbor on Washington Island. The Island Clipper also makes this passage, but it is not a good option for campers, as it is only permitted for day trips.

From Detroit Harbor on the south side of Washington Island, you will need to travel to Jackson Harbor on the north side. This is about an eight-mile trip. You can walk this distance, and some people do. But, you will probably want some sort of wheels, as you will be traveling on roads. Most people take their cars to Washington Island, but a less expensive option is to leave your car at Northport and take a bicycle to Washington Island.

From Jackson Harbor on Washington Island, you will take Rock Island Ferry to Rock Island. The vessel that makes this passage is a small, passenger-only ferry.

You can take your own boat to Rock Island but exercise much caution. Only the most experienced and well-outfitted boaters should attempt to make this passage, as these waters are extremely treacherous; you will be crossing the infamous Death’s Door. While sea kayakers will be able to pull their vessels up on land, motor boaters will need to pay for mooring on Rock Island, and reservations are not available.

Rock Island State Park is one of the few Wisconsin State Parks for which a vehicle admission sticker is not required.

Adventurous campers will love camping on Rock Island, but those that want more amenities should look to Peninsula State Park or Potawatomi State Park.

Website: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/rockisland
Camping Page: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/rockisland/recreation/camping
Ferries: https://wisferry.com/
Phone: 920-847-2235
Mailing Address: 1924 Indian Pt. Rd., Washington Island, WI 54246
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Private Campgrounds and RV Parks

Picture depicting a Door County RV park.
RV by hjjanisch via Flickr. Used by permission (CC BY-ND 2.0).

Door County has a private campground or RV park to suit your needs. Whether you are looking for access to the hottest fishing waters, a resort experience to entertain the whole family, or a quiet and secluded retreat, Door County has you covered.

Carlsville Campgrounds and RV Parks

Carlsville is located halfway between the villages of Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor. Campgrounds and RV Parks in this area have easy access both to Sturgeon Bay amenities and also the tourist sites in northern Door County.

Harbour Village Resort

Harbour Village Resort is a full-service private campground and RV park. Sites include back-in and pull-through RV sites, tent sites with electric and water, rustic tent sites, and group sites.

Harbour Village is more than a place to camp; it boasts water slides, swimming pools, a playground, arcade games, themed weekends, and more. Hello Door County spent a day here as a family, and we still talk about all the fun we had.

Website: https://www.harbourvillageresort.net/
Phone: 920-743-0274
Address: 840 State Hwy 42 N, Sturgeon Bay WI  54235
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Monument Point Camping

Monument Point Camping offers a more laid-back and quiet atmosphere than other campgrounds in the area. Sites are wooded and secluded. Online reservations are not accepted, so you will need to call to make a reservation.

Website: https://monumentpointcamping.com/
Phone: (920) 743-9411
Address: 5718 Monument Point Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Ellison Bay Campgrounds and RV Parks

Picture depicting Ellison Bay Bluffs in Door County Wisconsin.
Ellison Bay Bluffs II by Richie Diesterheft via Flickr. Used by permission (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Ellison Bay sits in the far northern reaches of the Door Peninsula. The crowds are sparse here, and the cool air of Lake Michigan will refresh your lungs and feed your soul.

Hy-Land Court RV Park

Hy-Land Court offers wooded campsites in a beautifully landscaped campground in the far northern reaches of Door County. This campground fosters a quiet and restful atmosphere.

Website: https://www.hylandcourt.com/
Phone: 920-854-4850
Address: 11503 Hwy. 42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/qhUs4U96392Q8M4m7

Wagon Trail Campground

Wagon Trail Campground caters to those wanting a quiet and secluded Door County camping experience. They offer back-in and pull-through RV sites and tent sites. Yurt and cabin rentals are also available.

Website: https://wagontrailcampground.com/
Phone: (920) 854-4818
Address: 1190 County Rd ZZ, Ellison Bay, WI 54210
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Southern Door County Campgrounds and RV Parks

Picture depicting waves hitting rocks in the Bay of Green Bay.
green bay rocks by bambe1964. Used by permission (CC BY-ND 2.0).

The tourism hub of Door County is north of Sturgeon Bay, but southern Door County also has much to offer. Camping south of Sturgeon Bay will put you close to fishing hot spots like Little Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay attractions like Bay Beach Amusement Park and Lambeau Field.

Door County KOA Holiday

Door County KOA is a resort-style campground with outdoor pools, water slides, a spray park, arcade, and more. Besides the on-site fun, it is a good base for accessing southern Door County’s fishing hotspots and ATV trails. They offer tent sites, pull-through and back-in RV sites, and deluxe cabin rentals.

Website: https://koa.com/campgrounds/door-county/
Phone: 920-825-7065
Address: 9245 Lovers LaneBrussels, WI 54204
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Door County Jellystone Park

Door County Jellystone Park is a family-oriented campground. Amenities include swimming pools, a barrel train, playgrounds, and organized activities. Jellystone offers tent sites, RV sites, cabin rentals, and travel trailer rentals.

Website: https://www.doorcountyjellystone.com/
Phone: 920-743-9001
Address: 3677 May Rd., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Countryside Motel & RV Sites

Countryside Motel & RV Sites is a premier location for access to Little Sturgeon Bay, a premier fishing area, also great for water sports like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. It also offers good access to Southern Door County’s ATV trails. This is not the place to stay if you want seclusion and peace and quiet. Sites are close together, and it is in a small, unincorporated village with several businesses and much traffic heading to the Bay. Nonetheless, many campers enjoy their stay.

Website: https://countrysidemotelrvsites.com/
Phone: 920-824-5309
Address: 3120 Stevenson Pier Road, Sturgeon Bay, WI  54235
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Tranquil Timbers Camping Resort

Tranquil Timbers is part of the Thousand Trails network of RV resorts and campgrounds. It offers resort-style amenities and activities for families. Campers can choose from tent sites and RV sites as well as cottage, cabin, and yurt rentals. Potawatomi State Park is nearby.

Website: https://thousandtrails.com/wisconsin/tranquil-timbers-camping-resort/
Address: 3668 Grondin Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: 920-743-7115
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Sister Bay Campgrounds and RV Parks

Picture depicting Sister Bay harbor in Door County Wisconsin.
Sister Bay Harbor by Richie Diesterheft via Flickr. Used by permission (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Camping around Sister Bay offers good access to both Peninsula State Park and Newport State Park.

Aqualand Campground

Aqualand is a family-run campground with a bucolic atmosphere. Back-in sites, pull-through sites, and tent sites are available. As of 2022, they do not have an online reservation system, so you will need to call to make a reservation. Amenities include:

Website: http://www.aqualandcampground.com/
Phone:  (920) 854-4573
Address: PO Box 538, Sister Bay, WI 54234
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Dovetail Acres Campground

Dovetail Acres is one of the newest campgrounds in Door County at the time of this article’s writing [May 2022]. Campers can choose from tent sites and RV sites.

Website: https://dovetailacrescampground.com/
Phone: 920-421-4032
Address: 10282 WI-57, Sister Bay, WI 54234
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Bailey’s Harbor Campgrounds and RV Parks

Picture depicting the Baileys Harbor Range Line Lights. Door County Wisconsin.
Baileys Harbor Range Lights by Carl Wycoff via Flickr. Used by permission (CC BY 2.0).

Bailey’s Harbor is located on what’s often called Door County’s “Quiet Side,” the east side of the peninsula by Lake Michigan. Those that want to get away from the crowds and have access to Lake Michigan will enjoy this area.

Beantown Campground

Beantown is a family-friendly campground offering modern facilities and ample amenities and activities. RV sites, tent sites, cottages, and cabins are available.

Website: https://www.beantowncampground.com/
Phone: 920-839-1439
Address: 8398 County Road F, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
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Baileys Grove Campground

Baileys Grove Campground offers quick access to Door County’s Ridge’s Sanctuary, Cana Island Lighthouse, and the Village of Bailey’s Harbor. The campground offers both back-in and pull-through sites. One unique amenity that most other campgrounds do not offer is indoor pickleball courts.

Website: https://www.baileysgrovecampground.com/
Phone: 920-839-2559  
Address: 2552 County Road F, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
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Baileys Woods Campground

Baileys Woods Campground, just west of the village of Baileys Harbor, offers tent and RV sites in a rustic atmosphere.

Website: https://baileyswoodscampground.com/
Phone: (262) 470-7091
Address: 2701 County Road Ee, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin 54202
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Egg Harbor Campgrounds and RV Parks

Egg Harbor is considered by many to be the “gateway” to the tourist area of Door County. Several campgrounds are situated in the vicinity.

Egg Harbor Campground and RV Resort
Picture of Egg Harbor Wisconsin harbor.
Egg Harbor Pier by Daniel M. Hendricks via Flickr. Used by permission (CC BY-ND 2.0).

Located next to Orchards Golf Course, Egg Harbor Campground and RV Resort has a heated swimming pool, two playgrounds, a pavilion, and more. RV sites and tent sites are available, as well as cabin rentals.

Website: https://eggharborcampground.com/
Phone: 920-868-3278
Address: 8164 WI-42, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
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Frontier Wilderness Campground

Frontier Wilderness offers tent sites, RV sites, and rustic cabins. One unique amenity at Frontier Wilderness is an indoor pool. A game room, adult lounge, and miniature golf round out the activities available at Frontier Wilderness.

Website: http://www.frontierwildernesscampground.com/
Phone: 920-868-3349
Address: 4375 Hillside Rd, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
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Geitner Homestead Equine Camping

Geitner Homestead Equine Camping, a small campground in Egg Harbor catering to horse enthusiasts, is promising to open in 2022. As of the time of this article’s writing [May 2022], it is unclear if they are open yet.

Website: https://geitnerhomestead.com/
Phone: 920-493-7669

Rustic Timbers Door County Camping

Rustic Timbers Door County Camping is a resort-style camping experience geared towards families. A swimming pool, jumping pillow, playground, water slide, and themed weekends provide entertainment on-site. They offer tent sites, back-in and pull-through sites, and cabin rentals.

Website: https://rustictimbersdoorcountycamping.com/cabins/
Phone: 920-868-3151
Address: 4906 Court Road, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
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Fish Creek Campgrounds and RV Parks

Picture depicting a cairn near Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin
Beach Trailmarker by Richie Diesterheft. Used by permission (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Fish Creek is one of the busiest tourist hubs in Door County, and for good reason. Its beautiful waterfront, access to Peninsula State Park, excellent restaurants, and many attractions make it a premier vacation destination.

Fish Creek Campground

Fish Creek Campground sits only one mile from the popular tourist hub of Fish Creek and Peninsula State Park. Fish Creek is one of the busier villages in Door County, so this campground will not offer the peace and quiet of those on the east side of the peninsula. However, it is far enough out of the village to give some respite from the crowds while also offering good access to some of the most popular attractions in Door County. Fish Creek Campground offers tent sites, RV sites, and rustic cabins.

Website: http://fishcreekcampground.com/
Phone: 920-495-2267
Address: 3709 County Road F, Fish Creek, WI 54212
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Washington Island Campgrounds and RV Parks

Picture of the Stavkirke on Washington Island in Door County, Wisconsin.
Stavkirke by Leif and Evonne. Used by permission (CC BY 2.0).

The Washington Island Ferry can accommodate your RV or camper! Washington Island has one private campground:

Washington Island Campground

This is one of the most unique camping experiences you will ever have. How many people can say that they have camped on an island in Lake Michigan? Washington Island Campground offers tent sites, RV sites, horse-friendly sites, and cabins. Amenities include a swimming pond, mini-golf, and sand volleyball.

Website: https://www.washingtonislandcampground.com
Phone: (920) 847-2622
Address: 745 Eastside Road, Washington Island, WI 54246
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Door County Campgrounds on the Water

Peninsula State Park, Potawatomi State Park, Newport State Park, and Rock Island State Park all have campgrounds, and these state parks are on the water. No private campgrounds or RV parks are on the water in Door County.

If you are car camping, the best waterfront campground is Weckler’s Point in Peninsula State Park. North Nicolet Bay Campground is also waterfront. South Nicolet Bay Camground is waterfront, but most of the campsites are further inland. Weborg Campground is near the water but is separated from the waterfront by a road and a trail.

Potowatomi State Park’s Daisy Field Campground is near the water, but not really “waterfront,” as it is separated from the shore by a road and trail.

For those willing to pack in, both Newport State Park and Rock Island State Park have campsites with excellent waterfront access.

Camping with Dogs in Door County

Most Door County campgrounds, including campgrounds in state parks, allow well-behaved, controlled dogs. Be advised that while dogs are allowed in most areas within state parks, some areas may be off-limits. Watch for signs designating pet-free areas.

Camping with Horses in Door County

Picture depicting horses in Door County Wisconsin.
Horses by Karsun Designs. Used by permission (CC BY-ND 2.0).

Geitner Homestead Equine Camping and Washington Island Campground offer equine camping in Door County. Timber Trails campground, just south of Door County, also offers equine camping, next to a popular horse trail.

Winter Camping in Door County

Winter camping in Door County is available at Potawatomi State Park, Peninsula State Park, and Newport State Park.

Glamping in Door County

At the time of this article’s writing [May 2022], no Door County businesses offer glamping experiences. Some of the cabin and yurt rentals at private campgrounds might approximate glamping, but this will not be the same kind of glamping experience or service that you may have encountered in other tourist destinations.

Camping on Private Property in Door County

Camping on private property is permitted but regulated in Door County. According to the Peninsula Pulse: “Nine of the county’s townships are governed by county zoning, which allows people to camp on private property for no more than 30 days during a calendar year. Those days include any days when a camper or RV is parked on the property, even if the owner isn’t using it, so an owner can’t set up a camp and return to it every weekend.”

Camping in County and Town Parks in Door County

Camping is prohibited in county and town parks in Door County.

Dispersed Camping, Boondocking, and Off-Grid Camping in Door County

Dispersed camping, also known as boondocking or off-grid camping, is not available in Door County. This is the kind of camping available in National Forests where you can set up a campsite wherever you want. Those wanting to experience dispersed camping should look to the National Forests of Northern Wisconsin or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Stealth Camping in Door County

Hello Door County does not endorse stealth camping, as it often violates both civil and criminal law. Additionally, stealth camping in Door County will be difficult, as the northern part of the county is heavily populated during the tourist season, and areas in southern Door County that might be suitable for stealth camping are frequented by farmers, loggers, and hunters. Our team has witnessed encounters between stealth campers and law enforcement.

Primitive Camping in Door County

Depending on what is meant by primitive, primitive camping is available in Door County. By primitive camping, some people mean tent campsites without electricity. These are widely available both in Door County’s state parks and private campgrounds. By primitive camping, some mean dispersed camping, which is not available in Door County.

Car Camping in Door County

Car camping is available in all private campgrounds and RV parks and also in Potawatomi State Park and Peninsula State Park.

Paddle-in Campsites in Door County

Newport State Park has paddle-in campsites on Europe Lake and Lake Michigan. Paddle-in campers can use kayaks and canoes on Europe Lake. Paddle-in campers on Lake Michigan should be experienced sea kayakers with well-outfitted kayaks.

Free Camping in Door County

Free camping is unavailable in Door County. All Door County campgrounds charge fees, even the public ones.

Where to Get Camping Gear, Supplies, Services, and Groceries

Picture depicting Door County camping.
Camping Site HDR by Justin S. Campbell via Flickr. Used by permission (CC BY-ND 2.0).

Camping in a new location can be intimidating. Will you be able to find the things you need nearby for a successful camping trip? Hello Door County has you covered.

Camping Gear and Supplies

From hardware stores to high-end outdoor gear boutiques, Northeast Wisconsin has many suppliers of camping gear and supplies.

Appleton and Green Bay Camping Gear and Supplies

Appleton and Green Bay offer two major retailers of outdoor goods: REI and Cabela’s.

REI

Even though REI is about an hour and fifteen minutes away from the southern reaches of Door County, it is still conveniently located for those traveling north along I-41. REI is a supplier of high end camping gear and other outdoor supplies.

Website: https://www.rei.com/stores/appleton
Phone: 920-442-5550
Address: 3850 W Wisconsin Ave, Appleton, WI 54914
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Cabela’s

Most travelers to Door County will go through Green Bay. Cabela’s is conveniently located off of I-41 in Green Bay, close to Lambeau Field. Cabela’s carries a wide array of outdoor equipment, including camping gear.

Website
Phone: 920-264-0140
Address: 1499 Lombardi Ave, Ashwaubenon, WI 54304
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Sturgeon Bay Camping Gear and Supplies

Bay Shore Outfitters – Sturgeon Bay

Bay Shore Outfitters is a high-end outdoor equipment boutique.

Website: http://www.bayshoreoutfitters.com/
Phone: (920) 818-0431
Address: 59 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Quietwoods RV Sales and Service

Quietwoods RV offers RV parts and supplies.

Website: https://www.quietwoodsrvsturgeonbay.com/
Phone: 920-743-7121
Address: 6968 WI-42 #57, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Ace Hardware

Sturgeon Bay’s Ace Hardware offers some outdoor gear, including some surprisingly high-end items like Yeti coolers.

Website: http://www.acehardware.com/store-details/06241/
Phone: 920-743-4417
Address: 321 Jefferson St, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Dunham’s

Dunham’s offers some limited camping equipment.

Website: https://www.dunhamssports.com/
Phone: 920-746-4155
Address: 1300 Egg Harbor Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Wal-Mart

The Sturgeon Bay Wal-Mart offers groceries and also camping and outdoor gear and supplies.

Website: https://www.walmart.com/store/1316-sturgeon-bay-wi
Phone: 920-746-0402
Address: 536 Egg Harbor Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Target

The Sturgeon Bay Target offers a small grocery department as well as limited camping gear and supplies.

Website: https://www.target.com/sl/sturgeon-bay/1246
Phone: 920-743-5775
Address: 410 S Ashland Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3805
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Tractor Supply

Tractor Supply stocks some camping gear along with other outdoor supplies.

Website: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/store_SturgeonBay-WI-54235_2087
Phone: (920) 743-2444
Address: 1833 Egg Harbor Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Door County Cooperative True Value

The Door County Cooperative True Value offers camping supplies and propane refills.

Website: https://doorcountytruevalue.com/
Phone: 920-743-6555
Address: 317 Green Bay Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Northern Door County Camping Gear and Supplies

Bay Shore Outfitters – Sister Bay

Bay Shore Outfitters is a high-end outdoor equipment boutique.

Website: https://www.bayshoreoutfitters.com/
Phone: 920-854-7598
Address: 2457 S Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234
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Nelson Shopping Center True Value

Nelson Shopping Center True Value in Fish Creeks carries limited camping gear and other sporting equipment.

Website: https://stores.truevalue.com/wi/fish-creek/436/
Phone: 920-854-5752
Address: 3449 WI-42, Fish Creek, WI 54212
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Jungwirth Ace Hardware

Jungwirth Ace Hardware in Sister Bay carries limited camping gear.

Website: https://www.acehardware.com/store-details/00167
Phone: 920-854-2411
Address: 10636 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234
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Washington Island Camping Gear and Supplies

Mann’s True Value Hardware

Manns True Value offers limited camping gear and supplies on Washington Island.

Website: https://stores.truevalue.com/wi/washington-island/734/
Phone: 920-847-2030
Address: 1176 Main Rd, Washington, WI 54246
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Firewood

Firewood is readily available throughout Door County at campgrounds and gas stations, and roadside stands.

Services

Picture depicting the Sturgeon Bay ship canal lighthouse, Door County, Wisconsin.
Safe Entrance by Jim Bauer via Flickr. Used by permission (CC BY-ND 2.0).

Washington Island Ferry

The Washington Island Ferry will get you to some of the most unique camping experiences in the Lower-48 on Washington Island and Rock Island. The ferry is able to accommodate RVs and travel trailers.

Website: http://wisferry.com/
Phone: 920-847-2546
Address: 215 WI-42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210
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Quietwoods RV Sales and Service

Quietwoods RV services RVs and travel trailers.

Website: https://www.quietwoodsrvsturgeonbay.com/
Phone: 920-743-7121
Address: 6968 WI-42 #57, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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RV Dump Stations

Most private and public campgrounds that allow RV camping have dump stations in Door County. Dump stations are also available in the Green Bay area at Bay Beach Rest Area and Van Boxtel RV Center.

Groceries

What’s a camping trip without some camp cooking? Here’s where to get groceries for your Door County camping trip.

Green Bay Grocery Stores

Groceries tend to be more expensive in Door County, so budget-conscious shoppers will want to shop in Green Bay. Of all the grocery stores in Green Bay, Hello Door County highly recommends Woodman’s:

Woodman’s

Woodman’s is an employee-owned grocery store chain. Those travelling to Door County through Green Bay will find Woodman’s to have the best prices and the greatest selection in the region. If you have special dietary needs or want specialty grocery items, you want to stop at Woodman’s, as Door County grocery stores often have more limited selections.

Website: https://www.woodmans-food.com/greenbay
Phone: 920-499-1480
Address: 2400 Duck Creek Parkway, Green Bay, WI 54303
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Southern Door County Grocery Stores

If you are camping in a Southern Door campground, you do not need to travel to Green Bay or Sturgeon Bay for groceries.

Marchant’s Foods

Marchant’s Foods offers groceries to southern Door County. It is worth a stop, though, even if you are camping in northern Door County. You will get the freshest meat in the county at Marchant’s, as they butcher on site. Their bakery products are also worth stopping for – their burger, bratwurst, and hot dog buns have a cloud-like fluffiness. Marchant’s is located in the village of Brussels, the center of the Belgian community in Northeast Wisconsin, and they offer some unique Belgian ethnic foods like Trippe (a kind of sausage) and Belgian pies.

Website: http://www.marchantsfoods.com/index.html
Phone: (920) 825-1244
Address: 1367 County Trunk DK, P.O. Box 7, Brussels, WI 54204
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Algoma Grocery Stores

If you are travelling to Door County via WI-42, you will pass through Algoma. Algoma has one grocery store, and you might want to stop there instead of a Door County grocery store, as the grocery stores in Sturgeon Bay can be crowded and picked over during the tourist season.

Denny’s SuperValu Foods

Denny’s is a bright, clean, and well-stocked grocery store in Algoma, Wisconsin. In addition to groceries, Denny’s has a deli-section that offers both hot and cold deli foods.

Website: https://www.dennyssupervalu.com/
Phone: 920-487-2525
Address: 510 5th St. Algoma, WI 54201
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Sturgeon Bay Grocery Stores

To get to northern Door County, you must travel through Sturgeon Bay, so this is a natural place to purchase groceries. Sturgeon Bay offers many options for groceries. Savvy travelers should know, however, that groceries tend to be more expensive in Sturgeon Bay than in Green Bay, and they can often be picked over during the tourist season. Also, if you want or need specialty grocery items, you may not be able to find them in Sturgeon Bay and should plan on purchasing them in Green Bay. However, you will find better prices and selection in Sturgeon Bay than in northern Door County.

Marchant’s Meats & Sausage

This is the best place to purchase meat in Sturgeon Bay. In addition to meat and sausage, they also offer some bread products, beer, and other grocery items.

Website: https://marchantsmeatssausage.business.site/
Phone: (920) 743-1200
Address: 51 Green Bay Rd #2831, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Scaturo’s Baking Co. & Cafe

Scaturo’s offers freshly baked bread, donuts, cookies, and other items.

Website: https://www.scaturos.com/
Address: 19 Green Bay Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: 920-746-8727
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Healthy Way Market

Healthy Way is a specialty grocery store in downtown Sturgeon Bay specializing in organic, local, and health foods.

Website: https://www.healthywaymarket.com/
Address: 216 S 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: 920-746-4103
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Wal-Mart

The Sturgeon Bay Wal-Mart offers groceries and also camping and outdoor gear and supplies.

Website: https://www.walmart.com/store/1316-sturgeon-bay-wi
Phone: 920-746-0402
Address: 536 Egg Harbor Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Tadych’s Marketplace Foods

Tadych’s is a full-service grocery store in Sturgeon Bay. Campers will also appreciate that they offer propane exchange.

Website: https://www.shoptadychs.com/stores/sturgeon-bay
Phone: (920) 743-8896
Address: 1250 N 14th Ave Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Pick ‘n Save

Pick ‘n Save is a full-service grocery store in Sturgeon Bay. It is owned by Kroger, so their loyalty programs will work at this store.

Website: https://www.picknsave.com/stores/grocery/wi/sturgeon-bay/pns-sturgeon-bay/534/00329
Phone: (920) 743-8830
Address: 1847 Egg Harbor Rd Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Target

The Sturgeon Bay Target offers a small grocery department as well as limited camping gear and supplies.

Website: https://www.target.com/sl/sturgeon-bay/1246
Phone: 920-743-5775
Address: 410 S Ashland Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3805
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Northern Door County Grocery Stores

Northern Door County has a decent number of grocery stores. Typically, you will find that these will have the highest prices in the region, and you may not be able to find some specialty items. For lower prices and specialty items, your best bet is Woodman’s in Green Bay.

Main Street Market

Main Street Market is a full-service grocery store in Egg Harbor.

Website: https://doorcountygrocery.com/
Phone: 920-868-2120
Address: 7770 WI-42, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
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Bley’s Grocery Store

Bley’s Grocery store is a family-run operation in Jacksonport, on the east side of the Door Peninsula.

Website: Bley’s appears to have no website.
Phone: 920-823-8188
Address: 6318 WI-57, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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Piggly Wiggly

Piggly Wiggly is a full-service grocery store located in Sister Bay.

Website: https://www.shopthepig.com/stores/sister-bay-95/5431
Phone: 920-854-2391
Address: 10576 Country Walk Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234
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Fish Creek Market

Fish Creek Market maintains the aura of an old-fashioned general store. Among other goods, they offer grocery essentials.

Website: https://fishcreekmarket1892.com/
Phone: 920-868-3351
Address: 4164 Main St, Fish Creek, WI 54212
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Greens N Grains Natural Foods Market & Café

Greens N Grains is a natural food store located in Egg Harbor. They close during the quiet season, so make sure to call ahead or check their website to ensure that they are open.

Website: https://www.greens-n-grains.com/
Phone: 920-868-9999
Address: 7821 WI-42, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
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Washington Island Grocery Stores

Don’t worry about forgetting something on a Washington Island camping trip. The island has a full-service grocery store.

Mann’s Grocery Store

Mann’s Grocery Store is a full-service grocery store on Washington Island.

Website: https://www.mannsgrocery.com/
Phone: 920-847-2536
Address: 1290 Main Rd, Washington, WI 54246
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What to Pack for Door County Camping

  • Warm clothes. Even in mid-summer, temperatures can get quite cool in the evenings.
  • Swimsuit – lots of beaches available
  • Mosquitoe control
  • Tick repellant
  • Shelter: Tent, travel trailer, RV, or rental.
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camping pillow
  • Headlamp or flashlight and extra batteries
  • Camp chairs
  • Camp table (if no picnic tables)
  • Lantern
  • Sunshade or tarp
  • Hammock
  • Cots
  • Clothesline
  • Multi-tool
  • Duct tape
  • Paracord
  • Mallet or hammer
  • Saw or axe for firewood
  • Stove and fuel
  • Matches or lighter
  • Cook pots
  • Frying pan
  • Eating utensils
  • Cooking utensils
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Corkscrew
  • Knife
  • Plates and bowls
  • Mugs and cups
  • Cutting board
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Camp sink or wash basins
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Pot scrubber and sponges
  • Trash and recycling bags
  • Dish towel
  • Cap grill
  • Grill rack
  • Griddle
  • Dutch oven
  • Charcoal
  • Portable coffee / tea maker
  • Food storage containers, bags, and wraps
  • Large water jugs
  • Solar and portable power
  • Binoculars
  • Fielg guides
  • Reading material
  • Dog gear
  • Games and toys
  • Dry bags
  • Stuff sacs
  • Mositure-wicking underwear
  • Moisture-wicking T-shirts
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • Boot or shoes
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Rainwear
  • Long underwear
  • Insulated jacket or vest
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat
  • Toilet Paper
  • Swimsuits
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Toiletry kit
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Medications
  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Insect repellant device
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Glasses straps
  • Baby wipes
  • Mirror
  • Brush / comb
  • Cosmetics
  • Spare eyeglasses and contacts
  • Earplugs
  • Credit card and cash
  • ID
  • Cellphone
  • Campsite reservation

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best places to go camping in Door County?

Door County has many great places to go camping, including Peninsula State Park, Newport State Park, and Potawatomi State Park. Each park offers its unique features, such as scenic views, hiking trails, and beach access.

What activities can I do while camping in Door County?

Camping in Door County offers many activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and swimming. You can also visit local attractions like the Door County Maritime Museum or take a scenic drive along the coast to explore the charming small towns and historic landmarks.

When is the best time of year to go camping in Door County?

The best time of year to go camping in Door County depends on your preferences. Summer is the most popular time for camping, with warm weather, clear skies, and plenty of outdoor activities. However, fall is also an excellent time to visit with beautiful foliage and fewer crowds. Spring is typically the least busy season, but it can be chilly and rainy. Winter camping is possible, but it requires special equipment and preparation for cold weather.

Conclusion: Camping in Door County

Camping is an extremely popular activity in Door County, and there are many opportunities for different styles of camping in this destination. Have you gone camping in Door County? Do you have any questions we can help answer? Talk to us in the comments section below:

About the author
Mark Stoneman
Hi! My name is Mark! I have been a resident of Door County for almost ten years now, and I'm glad to help you say "Hello" to Door County. I believe that travel helps to change lives, and because of that, I want to help you improve your life through travel.