Potawatomi State Park

by Jonathon Ringdahl*
Potawatomi State Park on the shore of Sturgeon Bay in southern DoorCounty, has 1,200 acres of gently rolling upland terrain bordered by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs. The park is named in honor of the tribe that inhabited Green Bay’s shores and islands when Europeans first settled the area. The tribe called themselves Bo-De-Wad-Me which means "keeper of the fire." Eventually the spelling and pronunciation were changed to Potawatomi.


Potawatomi State Park has some unique features that make it a special park. There are only two state parks you can begin at if you want to thru-hike the 1,000 mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail. This is one of them. This is also a great place to begin your Door County explorations. The park is located next to Door County's largest city, Sturgeon Bay.

Another reason the park is special is the campground. The campground is surrounded by beautiful trees that make any tent look amazing against their backdrop. The park is nestled right up to scenic Green Bay as well. The park's 75 foot tower is located on the highest bluff in the park which provides fantastic views 225 feet above the bay. There are also off-road bike trails, cross-country ski trails, and snowmobile trails. We can wait awhile to use the latter two types of trails! Go explore this park and you will discover why I love it!
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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