Your Guide to the Perfect Day at Potawatomi State Park

Door County is home to many beautiful landscapes and nature parks, but few rival Potawatomi State Park. Bordering the south shore of scenic Sturgeon Bay, the park gives visitors and residents the opportunity to hike, bike, canoe, kayak, and fish on its 1,200-acre land. You can easily spend a whole day exploring the entire park, along with Sturgeon Bay and part of the Green Bay shore. If you are searching for more places to see and things to do around Door County, request our free Vacation Guide! It’s full of local tips and suggestions on how to make the most of your getaway to The Ashbrooke!

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4 Ways to Spend the Day at Potawatomi State Park

Hike and Bike Your Way Through the Park

Potawatomi State Park has four hiking-only trails that allow you to tour the entire park. The ancient shores trail is only a half-mile long, but highlight three of the park’s shorelines along with native plants and animals. The eastern trail head of the 1,000-mile long Ice Age National Scenic Trail follows the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin. If you want to hike more than the 2.8 miles of the trail within the park, it slopes down into the town of Sturgeon Bay. There is also an 8-mile bike trail. You can rent bicycles in the park, so don’t worry about bringing one or renting one in town.

Tip: State Parks require vehicle admission stickers for park entry.

Canoe and Kayak Around Sturgeon Bay

The best way to explore the rocky, limestone shoreline of Potawatomi State Park is by water. Canoe and kayak rentals are available inside the park. Take in the beautiful views of Lake Michigan as you paddle your way around the Sherwood Point Lighthouse into Sturgeon Bay, where multiple shipwrecks still rest on the lake floor. The park also offers SCUBA diving opportunities for a little extra adventure.

Potawatomi State Park Fishing

Fishing is a highlight of Potawatomi State Park. Sturgeon Bay is one of the best bass fishing locations in the world. Whitefish, rainbow trout, walleye, and northern pike are just a few of the other varieties of fish you might catch off the shore. The park rents out free fishing equipment, so all you have to bring is yourself!

Tip: Don’t forget that all anglers over the age of 16 must have a valid Wisconsin fishing license.

Enjoy a Romantic Picnic

If you’re looking for a romantic surprise, a lovely picnic in Potawatomi State Park is the way to go! There are several picnic areas along the Sturgeon Bay shoreline and an overlook of the park’s old ski hill. For larger groups, a picnic shelter is also available and open to anyone with a reservation.

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