Wisconsin Winter Camping in Door County

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Door county is a favorite summer spot for Wisconsinites and those from IL, however, it’s also a great place to go to in winter. There are 2 state parks that are open for camping. There’s also plenty of activities that you can enjoy outside or inside a coffee shop to warm up from a hike. Door County might be the best winter camping in WI for the various activities available to you, on top of the gorgeous scenic views.

Where to Camp

The two parks available to camp during the winter in Door County both have great trails for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. They are both located near a sledding hill

Potawatomi State Park

There are 3 plowed sites available for winter camping at Potawatomi State Park with no reservations needed. Electrical hookups are available. To get water, you will need to bring  your own hose down to the well house by the campground shelter.

Peninsula State Park

Trying to get a campsite at Peninsula State Park in the summer seems almost impossible, but you might have  better luck in the winter. Although reservations are not required, only 6 sites are plowed. These sites are located in the Tennison Bay area. There are electrical hookups for RV winter campers, as well as access to water. The water can be accessed at the well house on the main road by Tennison Bay Campground.

Check out this short clip about camping at Peninsula State Park in the cold months.

Short news clip from NBC 26 about winter camping in Door County.


Outdoor and indoor enthusiasts alike can find an activity they love here in the winter months. From fishing and hiking, to shopping and eating, Door County offers it all.

Outside Adventures

Dog Parks

If you have dogs, bring them to one of the 4 dog parks located in Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay, Baileys Harbor, or Egg Harbor. Here, you can let them run free without worrying they will get lost or run away


Whether you wish to go hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling, there are at least 11 trails to explore in Door County. Keep in mind they all have their own set of rules and regulations. Read on for more details.

Snow shoes in the snow

The eastern end point of the popular Ice Age Trail is located in Potawatomi State Park near Sturgeon Bay.

  • Ahnapee State Trail, Sturgeon Bay: dnr.wi.gov
    • hike, cross country ski, snowshoe, snowmobile
  • Cave Point County Park, Jacksonport: map.co.door.wi.us/parks/
    • hike and snowshoe
  • Crossroads at Big Creek, Sturgeon Bay: crossroadsatbigcreek.com
    • hike, cross country ski, snowshoeing
  • Door County Land Trust, Various: DoorCountyLandTrust.org
    • hike and snowshoe
  • Ellison Bluff County Park, Ellison Bay: map.co.door.wi.us/parks/
    • hike and snowshoe
  • Meridian Park, Jacksonport: map.co.door.wi.us/parks/
    • hike and snowshoe
  • Newport State Park, Ellison Bay: dnr.wi.gov
    • hike, cross country ski, snowshoe
  • Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek: dnr.wi.gov
    • hike, cross country ski, snowshoe, snowmobile
  • Potawatomi State Park, Sturgeon Bay: dnr.wi.gov
    • hike, cross country ski, snowshoe, snowmobile
  • Ridges Sanctuary, Baileys Harbor: map.co.door.wi.us/parks/
    • hike, cross country ski, snowshoeing
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon: Baymap.co.door.wi.us/parks/
    • hike, cross country ski, snowshoeing

Winter Renting Equipment

If you need to rent any winter sports equipment, you are in luck, as Door County does have 5 renting places.

  • Bay Shore Outfitters – Sister Bay: www.kayakdoorcounty.com
  • Bay Shore Outfitters – Sturgeon Bay: www.bayshoreoutfitters.com
  • Ecology: www.ecologysports.com
  • Nor Door Sport & Cyclery: www.nordoorsports.com
  • Nor Door Sport & Cyclery of Sturgeon Bay: www.nordoorsports.com


Snowmobiling in Door County is unlike any other, with it’s beautiful terrain from bluffs,  to forests, and even swamps and lakes. Don’t pass up the opportunity to cruise through Peninsula State Park and Potawatomi State Park.

Due to the nature of the trails, you can travel to locations by snowmobile that you can’t reach in the summer.

Door County offers snowmobile clubs, too. If you stop at one of the visitor locations, you can pick up a brochure that will give you these locations, along with other useful information. You can even rent a snowmobile if you don’t already have one.

The top 2 places to go are Peninsula State Park and Potawatomi State Park due to their location and the nature views you get.

Ice Fishing

Door County offers at least 6 ice fishing spots. All of the locations listed below are located in Sturgeon Bay, except the last one. Silver Strike Charter Fishing is located in Bailey’s Harbor.

hole in ice with small fish on top of the ice
How many fish will you get in Door County?
  1. Fish Anytime Charters
  2. Hooked Up Sport Fishing Charters
  3. JJ’s Guide Service LLC
  4. Lynn A. Charter Fishing
  5. Reel Action Sport Fishing Charters, INC.
  6. Silver Strike Charter Fishing

Ice Skating Rinks

Door County also has a variety of ice skating locations to choose from.

The 2 small rinks are located in either Ellison Bay in Town Park, with the other one in Jacksonport on Country V, one block west of Highway 57

If you are searching for a larger rink to stretch your legs out on, you can find these in Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay

The  Sister Bay ice rink offers  an open skating area with lights for night skating, along with a closed hockey rink. Amenities include skate rental and concessions in the warming house.  This rink is open day or night, starting mid December through February.

At the Sturgeon Bay location, skate rental is free! They also have  concessions in the warming house, lights for night skating, and a hockey rink for the more competitive folk.


Looking to cruise down a snowy hill on your plastic sled? You can find three different sled hills in Door County.

Potawatomi State Park has a small hill nearby (call 920-746-2890 for more information), whereas Peninsula State Park, in Fish Creek, offers a bigger hill  (Peninsula State Park Hill 17).

Lastly, you can find a sled hill in Sister Bay, as well.

2 kids sledding on a saucer
Go sledding with your favorite people.

Inside Adventures

Looking to get out of the cold while still enjoying all Door County has to offer? Door County is known for small shops and boutiques, art galleries, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cider houses, with many of them still open year-round

Looking for a bite to eat that you don’t have to prepare over your own campfire? Door County offers an abundance of restaurants, cafes and bakeries to satisfy any cravings you may have. Check out my favorite spot, Julie’s Park Cafe and Motel at the entrance of Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek.

Temperatures During Winter

To get an idea of what the weather will be like during Door County winter months, here are the highs and lows temperature in Fahrenheit.

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