The following blog by Ally in Wisconsin was so good, I asked for permission to use it as a “Guest Blogger” post. The Author, Ally, graciously accepted. You can find more of her work at
Returning again to one of my favorite parts of Wisconsin, Door County, today we explore another beautiful state park just an hour north of where I live. The gorgeous Peninsula State Park lines Green Bay (as opposed to Whitefish Dunes State Park, which lines Lake Michigan).
Peninsula State Park is absolutely MASSIVE. The 3,776 acre park has eight miles of shoreline to offer ample boating, swimming, fishing, vantage points, and on a clear day – stunning views of the islands and Bay. You can rent kayaks, sailboats, canoes, paddle boats, and paddle boards at the Nicolet Beach rental stand.
If you aren’t into water sports, you can take advantage of hiking (more than 20 miles of trails), biking, golfing and archery. During the summer, the American Folklore Theatre has live performances in the park six nights a week.
In the winter, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, sledding and ice fishing are popular. For those who want to camp, camp on one of the 468 campsites within the park. The park boasts an 18-hole golf course, a historic lighthouse (you can tour, for a small fee), multiple lookout towers, and even a camp shop with supplies, food, gear, etc. It’s no surprise that over one million visitors come to Peninsula each year.
The park is the third largest in the Wisconsin State Park system, and was the second Wisconsin State Park (opened in 1910). The Park grew slowly but surely, with an annual budget of $2,000. Land was originally acquired for $20/acre.
The best (and most convenient part of Peninsula State Park is that the park is just minutes (by car / bike / on foot) from downtown Fish Creek. The hustling and bustling little town has a large number of shops, restaurants, a marina, and more. The quaint Door County culture rings true in this bayside town. (And you don’t have to eat camp food if you don’t want to).