Door County State Parks

Door County has 5 state parks:

Rarely are you surrounded by so much natural beauty as in Door County. And, Door County has lots of public land to soak it all in. At its five state parks, visitors can explore historic lighthouses, examine the unique geology that made Door County possible, camp on remote islands, relax on the beach, hike gorgeous trails, contemplate the vastness of space – well, the list could go on and on.

Visiting a Door County state park is one of the most popular things to do in Door County, and this post will tell you everything you need to know about them.

Are you planning a visit to take in the state parks in Door County? Several of them offer camping, but if a hotel is more your style, check out our comprehensive Door County hotel guide. Book early – lodging in Door County fills up months ahead of time.

Grid of images depicting scenes in Door County State Parks, including a woman hiking, a beach and two beach scenes. Superimposed text says: State Parks.

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Door County’s Five State Parks

Peninsula State Park

Grid of images: fall forest scene, eagle bluff lighthouse, northern sky theater. Superimposed text says: Peninsula State Park.

Peninsula State Park in Door County, Wisconsin is a vibrant canvas of outdoor activities and scenic beauty. A favorite among families and outdoor enthusiasts, this park features the majestic Eagle Tower, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Hiking enthusiasts will find miles of trails winding through diverse habitats.

Nicolet Beach is perfect for a relaxing day under the sun or a refreshing swim. The historic Eagle Bluff Lighthouse stands as a beacon of maritime history. For a more extended stay, the park offers well-equipped campsites nestled in serene settings, ideal for both tents and RVs.

wooden tower with ramp - Eagle Tower in Peninsula State Park

One great way to explore Peninsula State Park is by kayaking along its scenic shores. Kayaking along the shoreline offers a unique perspective of the park’s rugged cliffs and quiet coves, making Peninsula State Park a diverse and engaging destination for all ages.

And, you don’t even need to have your own kayak or experience kayaking. Outfitters in Door County offer safe, high quality, and enjoyable kayak tours of Peninsula State Park. If you’re interested in exploring Peninsula State Park this way, make sure to check availability now. Tours fill up fast!

Quick Facts

Phone: 920-868-3258
Address: 9462 Shore Rd., Fish Creek, WI 54212

Potawatomi State Park

Grid depicting activities at Potawatomi State Park.

Potawatomi State Park, tucked into the lush landscapes of Door County, Wisconsin, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. As a local, I’ve spent countless hours with my kids exploring its vast network of hiking trails, each offering a unique view of the park’s diverse ecosystems and the shores of Sturgeon Bay.

The park is a prime spot for camping, with well-maintained sites that provide a perfect blend of wilderness experience and comfort. Fishing here is excellent too, whether from the shore or a boat, with waters teeming with various fish species. It’s an ideal place to disconnect from daily hustle and immerse in nature’s tranquility.

Quick Facts

Phone: 920-746-2890
Address: 3740 Cty Hwy PD, Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235

Whitefish Dunes State Park

grid of images depicting scenese in Whitefish Dunes State Park

Whitefish Dunes State Park offers an array of natural attractions that make it a standout destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The park features a stunning sandy beach stretching along the clear waters of Lake Michigan, providing a perfect spot for sunbathing and swimming during warmer months.

It’s also home to a special area designated for dogs, where your furry friends can enjoy the lake and sand. For those who crave more active pursuits, the park boasts a network of hiking trails that wind through its diverse habitats, offering breathtaking views and opportunities to observe local wildlife.

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful beach day, a scenic hike, or a pet-friendly outing, Whitefish Dunes State Park encapsulates the tranquil beauty and recreational variety that Door County is known for.

Quick Facts

Address: 3275 Clark Lake Road, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: 920-823-2400

Newport State Park

Grid of images from Newport State Park in Door County, including a boy at a campfire, a man watching the stars, and trees. Superimposed text says: Newport State Park.

Newport State Park is a personal favorite of mine. This secluded park, renowned as Wisconsin’s only designated Dark Sky Park, invites stargazers and nature lovers alike to indulge in breathtaking views of star-studded night skies.

The park’s unique walk-in, backcountry campsites provide an immersive experience in nature, ideal for those seeking solitude and adventure. With its pristine shoreline and extensive trails winding through dense forest, Newport State Park is not just a visit but an exploration of the quieter side of wilderness.

Whether hiking, camping, or simply enjoying the peace, it’s a perfect retreat into nature’s embrace.

Quick Facts

Phone: 920-854-2500
Address: 475 Cty Hwy NP, Ellison Bay, WI 54210

Rock Island State Park

Grid of images related to Rock Island State Park, including the boathouse, Pottawatomie Lighthouse, and a woman hiking. Superimposed text says: Rock Island State Park.

Rock Island State Park offers a pristine escape into nature’s embrace with its rugged terrain and scenic views. Accessible only by ferry, the island promises an adventure from the very start.

Families and solo travelers alike cherish the rustic campsites nestled among towering trees, providing a perfect backdrop for stargazing and storytelling by the campfire. The sandy beach is a peaceful retreat for sunbathers and a fun spot for kids to splash around.

The historic Pottawatomie Lighthouse, Wisconsin’s oldest, offers guided tours that reveal panoramic views and captivating history. Additionally, the iconic stone boathouse stands as a testament to craftsmanship, beckoning visitors with its picturesque charm. This island is a cherished haven for those seeking tranquility and a touch of adventure in the great outdoors.

Quick Facts

Phone: 920-847-2235
Mailing Address: 1924 Indian Pt. Rd., Washington Island, WI 54246

General Information about State Parks in Door County

Number of State Parks

With five parks from Potawatomi in the south to Rock Island in the north, Door County has the highest concentration of state parks in Wisconsin.

Admission Fees

Like most Wisconsin state parks, the ones in Door County charge vehicle admission fees. Check the state Department of Natural Resources website for the most up-to-date information about the fees.

However, there are ways to visit a Wisconsin state park for free.

Rock Island State Park does not charge admission fees, but getting there will cost most people money as they must purchase ferry passage.

Door County State Park Camping

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

Camping at State Parks in Door County is available at Potawatomi State Park, Peninsula State Park, Newport State Park, and Rock Island state park. The camping situation is very different for each park, so check out our full post on Door County camping to learn more.


In general, Door County state parks are dog-friendly, including at the campgrounds and on the trails. Dogs are required to be on a leash no more than eight feet long and remain under the control of their owners at all times. Check the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website for the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on pets in state parks.

One special treat for your four-legged friends is the dog beach at Whitefish Dunes State Park.

Tips for Visiting Door County’s State Parks

Door County’s state parks are a must-visit for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. To make the most of your visit, follow these practical tips:

  • Book Campsites Early: Secure your spot by booking several months in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • Arrive Early: Parks can get busy, especially during peak season, so arriving early ensures you have ample time to enjoy all the amenities.
  • Pack Wisely: Bring along water, snacks, sun protection, and appropriate gear for the weather and activities you plan to enjoy.
  • Check Park Events: Some parks host guided walks, educational talks, and other events that can enhance your visit.
  • Respect Nature: Stick to marked trails to preserve the natural habitat, and always carry out your trash.
  • Explore Beyond the Main Attractions: Discover less crowded areas of the park for a more tranquil experience.
  • Prepare for Limited Cell Service: Download maps and guides ahead of time as many parks have spotty cell reception.

Wisconsin State Parks in Door County

Wisconsin State Parks in Door County offer an escape into nature. From the majestic cliffs of Peninsula State Park to Newport State Park’s pristine wilderness, each park is a unique sanctuary, perfect for hiking, biking, and unwinding by Lake Michigan. Door County’s state parks are ideal for families seeking adventure or solitude amidst breathtaking landscapes.

State Parks Near Green Bay WI

Door County’s state parks, nestled just a short drive from Green Bay, Wisconsin, offer a quick escape to nature’s tranquility. With Green Bay nearby, visitors can effortlessly combine urban entertainment with the rustic charm and natural beauty of parks like Peninsula and Potawatomi, enhancing their Wisconsin adventure.

More Roundups of Things To Do

Check out our other roundups of things to do in the area:

Door County State Parks FAQ

Which Door County state parks allow camping?

Peninsula State Park, Potawatomie State Park, Newport State Park, and Rock Island State Park allow camping. However, only Peninsula State Park and Potawatomi State Park allow car camping. Newport State Park and Rock Island State Park have walk-in sites.

Which Door County state parks have golf courses?

Peninsula State Park has a golf course.

Which Door County state parks have boat launches?

Potawatomi State Park has a large, multi-lane boat launch. Smaller crafts can be launched from the other state parks in Door County.

How many state parks does Door County have?

Technically, Door County has six state parks, but only five of these parks are easily accessible and have facilities. The sixth state park is on remote Detroit Island.

What are the five state parks in Door County?

The five accessible state parks in Door County are: Peninsula State Park, Potawatomi State Park, Whitefish Dunes State Park, Newport State Park, and Rock Island State Park.

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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.