Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

Door County Wisconsin

  • August 01, 2021
  • (CDT)
  • August 06, 2021
  • (CDT)
  • Door County Wisconsin


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Trip Location: Door County Wisconsin

Fleet & Trip Level/Paddler Expected Ability: SK Level 3

Please review Expected Conditions and Paddler ability for a Level 3 Trip Trip Level Guide 1-2021.docx

Trip Sponsor & Lead: Arnaldo Rodriguez

Dates: August 1-6 2021

This is the 1st time HCKC is going to Door County Wisconsin, one of the premier paddling destinations in the Midwest. Door County is located in an 80-mile long peninsula surrounded by Lake Michigan on the East and Green Bay on the West. With 300 miles of shoreline, Door County has it all.  Towering bluffs, calm bays, historic lighthouses, rivers, estuaries, 34 named islands, pebble beaches, shipwrecks, and cool coastal towns.  Trips will depending on conditions and the group’s interests.  It’s approximately a 7.5-hour drive from Indianapolis. Pictures and area info attached

Camping /Reservation Info:

Wagon Trail Campground 1190 County Road ZZ, Ellison Bay, WI  Website: wagontrailcampground.com  Campground sites are almost full for these dates.  However, we have already reserved 11 sites, so if you are interested in going, please contact Arnaldo Rodriguez before reserving another site online.  We should be able to pair you with someone else to share a site and split the cost.                     Email rodriguez_arnaldo_ar@lilly.com

Itinerary/ Schedule:Arrive Sunday August1st and Depart Friday August 6 We will have 4 paddle days

 Examples of possible trips:                                                                              Peninsula State Park – This will be a 10-mile one-way trip.  We will be paddling along the entire coastline of the park, one of the most popular in the Wisconsin state park system, from Fish Creek to Ephraim.  We’ll see rocky cliffs, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and Nicolet Bay Beach, with a quick circumnavigation of Horseshoe Island. 

Top of the Door Tour – This will be a 14-mile one-way paddle from Ellison Bay to Newport Beach SP.  We will paddle north around Deathdoor Bluff near Door Bluff County Park, then east along Garret Bay’s shoreline, pass the village of Gills Rock and the ferry dock at Northport, and then turn south toward our takeout at Newport SP. 

Washington Island – This will be a 10-mile roundtrip tour to Washington Island.  The island is about 3.5 miles from the ferry dock at Northport, but we will not be making the crossing in one shot.  Instead, we will make 3 short crossings.  We will start with a 1.3-mile crossing to Plum Island, then a 1.6-mile crossing to Detroit Island and finally a 0.2-mile short hop to Washington Island.  We will paddle along portions of the shoreline of all 3 islands along the way and admire the Plum Island Rear Range Lighthouse.

Ephraim to Ellison Bay – This will be an 11.5 mile one-way trip where we will hit three of the best coastal towns in Door county.  We will start at Ephraim and paddle 5 miles to Sister Bay, then another 6.5 miles to Ellison Bay.  The short distances between the towns will allow us time to soak in a little bit of the atmosphere of these picturesque towns, either during or after the paddle.

Cave Point and Cana Island – At 17 miles, this will be the longest trip.  We will start at Schauer Park and paddle a mile south to Cave Point and explore its rocky shoreline.  Then we’ll paddle north to Jacksonport, across Bailey’s Harbor and Moonlight Bay to our takeout near Cana Island.

Equipment Requirements: Sea kayaks (15+') with spray skirt, fore and aft bulkheads, full perimeter deck lines, pump/paddle float and safety equipment are required. 

Other considerations/Prerequisites: See Trip Level and Paddler Expected Ability Sea Kayaking Page (Link from Home HCKC)

How to Register for Trip: On the HCKC Website Calendar select the “Register” box and Email rodriguez_arnaldo_ar@lilly.com

Covid Policy:
During all scheduled club activities, we will follow CDC and Local Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines.
Participants are expected to withdraw from the event if experiencing symptoms or if in a quarantine status

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