Activities to Do in Door County This Winter

September 15, 2020

Winter in Door County is highly underrated. Since Door County is a relatively narrow peninsula of land that is surrounded by a large bay (Green Bay) and one of the world’s largest inland bodies of water (Lake Michigan), Door County winter weather is unpredictable and can change quickly. This makes for an ecology that is unlike any other, and one that lends itself to amazing outdoor experiences. When you are looking for things to do in Door County in winter, you’ll find plentiful options. Here is just a small collection of the many Door County winter activities:

Ice Fishing on Green Bay

This one is our favorite. When the temperature drops below freezing, there is more of Door County to explore. Many square miles of frozen water are open for ice fishing, and the fishing is good. You’ll see the horizon dotted with hundreds of ice fishing houses, many heated to a comfortable temperature and stocked with food and beverages for a long day of pulling in whitefish, walleye and more. 

Once you’ve tried ice fishing, you’ll be “hooked”. Traveling to your fishing spot, drilling holes and setting up tip-ups, and then reeling in the big ones through a hole in the ice with your family and friends makes for an unforgettable adventure in the outdoors. However, ice fishing is a skilled sport that requires experience and a lot of equipment. To do it right and ensure a successful and fun fishing experience, call an expert. To book the ice fishing adventure of a lifetime, contact us today.

Cross Country Skiing in Door County

The Door peninsula offers dozens of well-maintained ski trails, both in and around our many state parks. Visitors from all over the world rave about Door County cross country skiing. Best of all, cross country skiing is a great sport for families and beginners, and with Door County’s many great places to stay, it’s easy to make a vacation of it. Many businesses, as well as the parks themselves, have skis and poles available for rent at affordable prices, so you don’t even need your own gear for this activity. Just bundle up and get ready to work up an appetite out on the trails while you explore the natural beauty of Door County.

Guided Snowshoe Tours in Door County

If you’re looking to get your family outside but in a more controlled situation, perhaps a guided snowshoe tour is the right option for you. There are many guides in the County that offer scenic and educational tours through the beautiful state parks of Door County. You’ll learn about the history of this beautiful land, and the plants and animals that call it home. Snowshoeing is easy to learn for all ages, and offers a great experience of walking on top of the snow, which can get very deep during Door County winter. Snowshoes are always available for rent, so just bring your family–and get ready for an unforgettable experience. 

Other Winter Activities in Door County

Some families like to enjoy the winter months in a more low-key kind of way, and Door County offers many activities to meet that need. The annual Fire and Ice Festival offers ice sculptures all over Sturgeon Bay, as well as parties and other fun activities for the whole family. During Door County winter, you’ll always find horse drawn carriage rides available in many of the County’s towns and villages. When the outdoors gets to be too much, you’re never far away from a hot cup of cocoa, hot cider or mulled wine. 

With so many great activities and fantastic places to stay in Door County in winter, your family is sure to have a memorable experience. For more information about Door County and to inquire about our year-round guided fishing tours, contact us today!

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