Peninsula State Park

fdby Jonathon Ringdahl *
Considered Wisconsin's most complete park, Peninsula offers 468 campsites, three group camps, a summer theater, an 18-hole golf course, sand beach, bike trails, a lighthouse and eight miles of Door County shoreline. The rollicking waves that skip towards Peninsula's sky high bluffs are part of the Niagara Escarpment.Peninsula State Park is another one in the great collection of Door County parks.
Peninsula has so much to offer. This park is big! There are a lot of trails and areas to explore. There is the Eagle Bluff lighthouse where you can take a tour. There is some great on- and off-trail bike riding too!
Our usual visit features a stop at the lighthouse. Sunsets are great here. Sunsets are also great from the observation tower providing fantastic views of Green Bay, the islands, and the peninsula. The fall colors from up on the tower are spectacular. My favorite trail is the Eagle Trail. It takes you down below 150-foot cliffs. It is amazing to look up at these behemoths. This is a must-hike trail. Location
With all of this water around, it is a great place to paddle too. Just make sure to dress for the water temperature as Lake Michigan can be cold even into the summer months. I consider a wetsuit a good idea for any paddle on Lake Michigan. It's not the air temperature that matters, its the water temperature that will determine how long it takes before you get hypothermia. A safe visit is a happy visit.
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***** Jonathon Ringdahl visited all of Wisconsin’s 64 State Parks, State Forests, and recreational areas in 2012. This is another in a series of articles he is writing for the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. Opinions expressed in this blog are the author’s.