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  • Writer's pictureJustin Pahnturat

Kayak Door County This Summer!

Updated: 4 days ago

If you're looking for an adventure on the water this summer then you should check out Door County, Wisconsin! Imagine the Northwoods covering rocky shorelines and tall limestone bluffs and surrounded by water. And not just any old body of water but the legendary Great Lakes. Lucky for us kayakers, Door County is a peninsula with Lake Michigan on the east side and Green Bay along the western side each with their own unique features and characteristics that offer lots of fun things to see in our kayaks!

Get to know Door County with Kayaking

The best way to get to know the county is from the water. Honestly, it's all about the water here. It's a miracle substance, vital to existence and offers a beauty like no other. And it's one thing to view Lake Michigan from the shoreline but once you hit the water I promise you it's a perspective that is absolutely unforgettable. There's no picture can really capture the feeling so I guess you just have to come and see it for yourself.

Explore the Best Sights with a Professional Guide

With so many tour options to choose from these days it can be hard to know where to even start when it comes finding the best experiences in any new place. If you are looking for something different from the high-volume tour companies then maybe consider hiring a professional guide that offers small customized tours with premium quality kayaks for a unique outdoor experience in Door County. Kayak Guide Justin is Door County's only professional guide service offering tours in sea kayaks. With more than 10 tour locations no other company even comes close to offering the variety tour locations that Kayak Guide Justin offers.

Tours and start times are designed to highlight the very best scenery of Door County along with an explanation of local natural history and fun storytelling with detalis that will add to the adventure.

Here's a quick look at northern Door County to give you an idea of where Kayak Guide Justin offers tours all over the Door County peninsula. Custom Tours can be booked for anywhere in Door County, WI:

Let's Go Kayaking!

Here are a few suggestions for fun things to do this summer. Kayak Guide Justin offers 9 tour locations all over Door County with options for all skill levels but here a 4 places you really need to see when you visit. Let's get started!

Door Bluff Kayak Tour: The North End Gem

I'm just going to say it: this tour is legendary. And I'm not just saying that because I live nearby but because it's a gorgeous stretch of water with lots of great scenery and some absolutely crazy history.

Explore Door County's tallest bluff, paddle over a Shipwreck from the 1800's, search for Native American pictographs hidden in the rocky coves, and listen to waves and wild tales of centuries past on this off-the-beaten-path adventure. Whether you're a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or just an adventurous soul, this tour promises an unforgettable experience on Lake Michigan.

Personally, I love geology, it fascinates me and tells a story if you are paying attention. As someone who lives in Door County, this is the best of the tall bluffs of Door County and not to mention, the tallest. This story here at Door Bluff is over 400 million years old. You'll get the full scoop on tour.

Much of our Native American history in Door County has been lost but this northern paddling location offers a chance to see the last remaining pictographs on the bluff. There are a few modern day theories of what the drawings mean but you'll have to take the tour to hear the stories of what happened on the water.

This spot is all about the water and getting to know the upper Great Lakes. This northernmost location offers a chance to see a strait of water that connects Lake Michigan to Green Bay. With the right judgement, conditions and proper safety equipment this is a very safe spot to kayak.

Learn more about our Door Bluff Kayak Tour here.

Eco-Tour of Peninsula State Park: Iconic Door County

This tour is quite possibly the best all around kayak tour in the county! Why? Because this park offers a variety of sights that include distant islands, bluffs, a lighthouse, ancient sea cave geology and stunning shorelines. You'll see a lot in just 4 hours!

One of the coolest thing about this tour is that you'll get to see one of Door County's best bluffs known as Eagle Bluff. The geology of Eagle Bluff is truly fascinating and your guide will uncover the past with fun facts and stories to give you an idea how it was created. You'll have plenty of moments to yourself to enjoy the views but also hear interesting stories from your guide along the way to add to the adventure.

This 4-hour tour combines kayaking & hiking for a fun outdoor experience that really does feel like an adventure. It's a really great feeling to paddle your kayak to an isalnd and you'll get a chance to paddle out to Horseshoe Island, an small uninhabited island that we can even explore for it if you like.

Peninsula State Park offers over 8 miles of untouched shoreline along westside of the peninsula is Door County's largest, oldest and most popular state park. We'll do some paddling, light hiking and even find a nice spot along the water for a light picnic lunch with a great view! If crossing to an island in a kayak and exploring ancient sea caves on foot sounds like fun then we hope to see you on tour this summer!

Click here to learn more about our Peninsula State Park tour.

As recommended in a recent article in Door County written by TripOutside,

Eco-Tour of Newport State Park: Peaceful Nature

I should not even be telling you about this spot but the secret has already long been been leaked. This park used to be where locals went to escape the crowds but those days are gone. Nonetheless, this is an amazing park that you really do need to see.

Newport State Park has a special place in my heart. I grew up here, this park was the first place I ever camped on my own back in the early 90's. Back then, the park was not very well known or heavily trafficked as it is nowadays. The wildness and peacefulness of the park moved me deeply, I fell in love with the outdoors and perhaps that's why I'm a tour guide in Door County these days: to show you these gems of Door County.

One of the best things about kayaking in Newport State Park is the variety of routes you can take. This park has 2 kayak launch options but we have the best one listed for you. There is the option for a short trip out on the water or full day of exploring. For a shorter trip, head north to Europe Bay and paddle along the shoreline, taking in the stunning views of the bluffs and forests. If you're up for a longer adventure, head south along the coastline to the park's southern end and explore the Mink River Estuary in Rowley's Bay. Check out our half-day tour that explores the park with kayaking and hiking for the best views of the park.

Newport State Park is a must-visit destination for sea kayakers in Door County. With over 2,300 acres of wilderness and 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, there's no shortage of places to explore. One of the park's most popular routes is the Europe Bay loop, which takes you past towering bluffs and through calm, clear waters. If you're looking for a more challenging paddle, head to the Mink River Estuary, where you'll navigate through narrow channels and encounter a variety of wildlife. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, osprey, and even the occasional black bear. No matter which route you choose, Newport State Park is sure to provide a memorable kayaking experience.

Door County Sunset Tour: Just for Fun

Explore one Door County's tall bluffs on this dusk tour that captures the essence of calm. Enjoy a sunset and find some peace on the waters of Ellison Bay. This northern location offers cool rock formations, picturesque views and the shifting light of late day.

What's really cool about this tour is that paddling during dusk is a totally different experience. When the sun goes down the fun party lights on the boats come out for our own venetian kayak parade. Join us for this fun and relaxing tour with some fun stories and many great photo ops.

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