Feb 11, 2020
Some people think of winter as a time to slow down, head inside to cozy up by the fire and drink some hot cocoa. But we love when that plan is at the end of a day we’ve spent outside enjoying everything Fish Creek has to offer during the winter.
If you’re looking to explore Door County’s winter wonderland off the ice, great snowshoeing trails start from Eagle Terrace and the nature center at Peninsula State Park. The park has six miles of designated snowshoe and hiking trails during the winter. The trails take snowshoers past some of the most peaceful and remote regions of the park. The trails, which are not groomed, are marked with a green sign with a pink reflective dot.
Looking for a faster-paced winter activity? Peninsula State Park has 16 miles of groomed ski trails. Most of the trails start from Lot 5, which is a great place for beginners to start. Skiers looking for more of a challenge can head out on the Purple Loop, which takes you up to Sven’s Bluff Overlook – the Purple Loop starts from Lot 3 near the Fish Creek entrance. Skate skiers can use six miles of trails groomed for both classical and skate skiing. Because of some hills, the skate trails are more difficult.
Sledding and tubing is always great for some family fun. The Number 17 fairway at the golf course in Peninsula State Park is a favorite sledding spot – known to locals as Hill 17. NOTE: The hill is steep, which makes for some fun runs, but adults must supervise children at all times.
Still looking for a bit more speed? Peninsula State Park has 17 miles of scenic snowmobile trails. Maximum speed on park property is 25 mph, and snowmobiles must be registered. Snowmobile trail conditions can be found online.
Fat tire biking can be a great way to get outdoors! In winter, fat bikes are allowed on all Peninsula Park roads. For safety reasons, they're permitted on snowmobiling trails only when the trails are closed to snowmobiles and are not permitted on hiking or ski trails.
Anyone out enjoying Peninsula State Park in the winter should stop in to see the White Cedar Nature Center. The Friends of Peninsula State Park recently finished raising money to improve the center. The building is in its final stages of the big expansion.
Considering the name of our community, we have to mention the great ice fishing opportunities nearby! Anglers pull perch, walleye and trout out of the ice near Peninsula State Park. Ice fishing is popular throughout the state during the winter, but ice conditions vary and change rapidly so make sure you exercise caution while walking out on the ice. A state fishing license is also required.
There are so many fun winter activities to choose from, but we’ve got where to stay covered. Head up to Fish Creek and we’ll help you explore and enjoy the wonders of Door County in the winter at your own speed!