Sometimes a relaxing day of fishing on a quiet lake is just what you need. While Lake Michigan surrounds the Door County peninsula, it’s the much smaller Kangaroo Lake that serves as a favorite local spot for outdoor activities. You can take a boat out for a casual day of fishing, bird watch along the shoreline, or go for a stroll on the 1.5-mile trail around the nature preserve. Kangaroo Lake is worth at least a day of exploring and is only a 15-minute drive from The Ashbrooke Hotel. Are you searching for other activities and sights in the area? Request our free Vacation Guide for our list of local tips and recommendations on the best things to do in Door County!
How to Spend the Perfect Day at Kangaroo Lake
Take a Stroll Around the Lake
Kangaroo Lake serves as a premier location for public recreation in Door County. One of the best things to do here is stretching your legs and going for a walk or a run around the 10-mile perimeter of the lake. The area around the lake presents the perfect opportunity to look around, take a deep breath of fresh air, and enjoy the beautiful nature around you.
Tip: Keep to the marked trails in order to leave the wildflowers and forest floor cover undisturbed.
Bird Watching and Photography
There are tons of bird watching and photo opportunities around the lake. Explore the shoreline of Kangaroo Lake, where birds, wildflowers, and other wildlife are usually out and about. Springtime brings spot gulls, cranes, and pelicans to the lake while summer welcomes indigo buntings, scarlet tanagers, and rose-breasted grosbeaks. Arrive at one of the nature preserves early in the morning for a fantastic sunrise photo opportunities.
Kangaroo Lake Fishing
This is a very trendy spot for fishing. The maximum depth of the lake is 12-feet and covers 1,156 acres. During the warmer months, you’ll find plenty of locals casting their lines in the shallow banks. There is also a boat landing for those looking to fish in the deeper waters. Some of the fish you will reel in at Kangaroo Lake include:
- Smallmouth Bass
- Largemouth Bass
Summertime on the Lake
Kangaroo Lake is home to many fun activities. Sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, swimming, water skiing, and tubing are all things you can enjoy when you visit Kangaroo Lake. If you need rental equipment for your day of play, check out Lakeshore Adventures. Their rental equipment includes kayaks, paddle boards, and even pontoon boats!
Tip: The nature preserves around the lake have parking, information kiosks, and marked trails. There are no bathrooms, drinking fountains, or trash cans so make sure you bring water and hold on to any trash during your visit.
No visit to Door County is complete without a stay at The Ashbrooke! Bring your special someone for a romantic weekend getaway in one of our luxurious guest rooms and suites. Our premium amenities ensure you have a comfortable and relaxing stay.
If you’re looking to step up the romance, book one of our Signature Rooms, Grande Whirlpool Suites, or Getaway Rooms. They all feature a private hot tub where you can relax and rejuvenate with your loved one after a day of exploring beautiful Door County.