Dark Sky Camping in Door County

Our 3-day/2-night journey on Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula is the perfect introduction to kayak camping. If you’ve been itching to learn the skills needed to spend a couple nights living from your boat, join us!

Our self-supported journey will begin at Rowley’s Bay. On arrival, we will enjoy a dockside sandwich lunch while discussing the trip, distributing, and packing group and personal gear for the afternoon trip. After loading boats, we will make our way to Newport State Park and a waterfront camp site accessible only by backpacking or paddling. After setting up camp, additional activity will be determined by the group. We’ll wrap the day with a delicious meal. Nothing freeze dried here!

On day 2, we will explore the Lake Michigan coast with either a trip to Spider Island, the Mink River estuary, or elsewhere along the shoreline with lunch along the way. Newport is designated a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association so as long as Mother Nature cooperates, expect the post-dinner views of the Milky Way to be amazing!

Coffee and breakfast will greet our final morning before heading back to Rowley’s Bay to meet our cars by 11:00 am. This trip coincides perfectly with Rutabaga’s Door County Sea Kayak Symposium which kicks off the evening of July 9 at Rowley’s Bay Resort. Stay for the event and you’ll be promised three days of the finest instruction, peninsula-wide tours, and group camaraderie of the summer.

Trip includes logistics planning, campground reservations and fees, parking, and all group meals while camping. Group members will be expected to assist with minor camp duties and sharing the load with group gear.

Group members are expected to provide their own boat (minimum 14′ with sealed bulkheads in bow and stern), personal paddling and camping gear, clothing, and snacks.

It is expected that participants interested in joining this trip will have participated in a minimum of three, full day journeys e.g. longer than 8 nautical miles with a group, and be familiar with and have practiced self and assisted rescue techniques.

Cost: $195 per participant

Dates: July 7-9, 2020

Time: Meet at 12:00 pm on July 7

Location:¬†Rowley’s Bay Resort, WI




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