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7 Best Door County Campgrounds for Amazing Northern Camping

Are you ready to get up close and personal with one of the wonders of Wisconsin? Say hello to Door County, considered a gem of the Midwest. Home to vibrant forests, tranquil beaches, picturesque lakes, and a plethora of natural splendors waiting to be explored. It’s also a paradise for camping enthusiasts, boasting a myriad of campsites that take you straight to nature’s doorstep.

Choosing the best spot can feel overwhelming, but we’re here to help! So grab your gear and let’s dive into our top 7 Door County campgrounds. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a newbie under the stars, get set for an epic adventure. Welcome to the wild!

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Where Is Door County?

Door County, Wisconsin, is considered an idyllic peninsula jutting out between Lake Michigan to the east and the Green Bay to the west. This geographical position affords the county a dramatic and varied coastline, marked by sandy beaches, steep limestone cliffs, and over 300 miles of shoreline. The county’s land area spans about 483 square miles, featuring a diverse landscape of rolling farmland, dense forests, wetlands, and numerous inland lakes.

There are also several islands as part of the county, the largest being Washington Island, located to the northeast of the peninsula. Door County’s geography has helped shape its history, culture, and economy, making it a prime destination for agriculture, fishing, and tourism.

Throughout the county, you’ll also find several small towns that have a unique, island-like charm. These towns include Sturgeon Bay, Ephraim, Fish Creek, and Sister Bay. We recommend visiting as many as possible. Each town has its unique charm.

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When Is the Best Time to Visit Door County?

The best time to visit Door County, Wisconsin, depends on what activities you’re interested in.

For those looking to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, boating, and exploring the county’s numerous lighthouses, the late spring, summer, and early fall are ideal. The temperatures are mild and there’s plenty of sunshine. Peak summer months, July and August, tend to be the busiest, however.

Many consider fall the best time to visit as well, particularly if you’re a fan of the colors. Mid to late October is typically the best time to experience the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows that light up the county’s forests.

Winter, though colder and much quieter, can also be a great time to visit if you enjoy activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or ice fishing. The county also hosts several winter festivals.

No matter when you decide to go, it’s always a good idea to check local event calendars as Door County hosts various events and festivals throughout the year that cater to a wide range of interests.

Pro Tip: Nature lovers will enjoy exploring these 8 Best Wisconsin State Parks for Camping in the Midwest.

Door County aerial view
Tucked in the northeastern corner of Wisconsin sits an epic camping spot waiting for you to explore.

7 Best Door County Campgrounds for Amazing Northern Camping

Staying at one of the Door County Campgrounds is the best way to experience this magical destination. Whether you plan to bring a tent or haul your camper, here are some great options.

Wagon Trail Campground

Wagon Trail Campground has 145 sites spread over 80 acres. You can find it at 1190 Co Rd Zz, Ellison Bay, WI 54210. They offer RV sites, a tent area, cabin, yurt, and camper rentals. 

They’ve tucked their sites into the thick woods for optimal privacy. There are hiking trails, WiFi, and some of the cleanest campground bathrooms you’ll ever see. Wagon Trail Campground is hard to overlook if you want to camp in nature but do it in comfort. Its Google rating is 4.9 out of 5 stars, and the nightly rate is roughly $40 to $68.

This campground comes highly recommended by many visitors, who describe it as a peaceful sanctuary rather than a mere campground. Its cleanliness and safety are repeatedly praised, with bathrooms consistently maintained and staff known for their friendliness and helpfulness. Though some found the sites too close for comfort, and the lack of Wi-Fi at individual sites raised concerns for a few.

However, keep in mind that this location tends to cater more to family glamping than rustic camping. Despite minor drawbacks, this campground is a gem nestled within the charm and quaintness of Door County, and many visitors look forward to returning.

Door County campground in the autumn
Visit Door County in the autumn for stunning views and peaceful camping.

Hy-Land Court RV Park and Campground

You can find this Door County campground at 11503 WI-42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210. Hy-Land Court RV Park and Campground have been serving locals and visitors of Door County since 1966. This family-owned and managed location offers more than 80 campsites, and campers report their staff is some of the friendliest they’ve ever experienced. 

However, while many give the campground a glowing review with a 4.9 out of 5-star average, they often deduct points due to the road noise. If you don’t like hearing vehicles occasionally, this might not be your cup of tea. The nightly cost ranges from approximately $48 to $56.

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Tranquil Timbers Camping

Tranquil Timbers Campground is a seasonal Thousand Trails campground. You can find it at 3668 Grondin Road, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. It’s generally open from the start of May until mid-October. With 276 sites over nearly 50 acres, you’ll likely have no problem finding a spot. 

Amenities at the resort include a general store, laundry facility, heated swimming pool, mini golf, cart rentals, wireless Internet service, and planned activities. The surrounding area of Door County offers over 250 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline that allows for year-round fishing for various species.

The resort also offers a variety of activities directed by an activities director, including arts & crafts, bingo/card playing, children’s playground, dancing, jam sessions, kids activities, live entertainment, mini golf, planned activities, volleyball, volleyball court, and sand badminton.

Check-in and check-out times vary depending on the type of accommodation, with rental check-in at 3 p.m. and check-out at 11 a.m., and RV check-in at 12 noon and check-out at 11 a.m. The resort has a pet-friendly policy, with a fee of $10 per pet per night for pet-friendly rental units.

Visitors rate it 4.3 out of 5 on Google, and the cost ranges from roughly $70 to just under $100 a night.

Door County water view
Door County has an abundance of amazing campsites for people to enjoy.

Potawatomi State Park

Potawatomi State Park is a 1,200-acre park with 123 campsites, 40 with electricity. It’s at 3740 Park Dr, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. This is a typical state park campground. Some sites are more level than others, and cell service can be nearly nonexistent. However, there’s a camp store,  canoe/kayak rentals, and a great trail system with incredible overlooks. 

Visitors rated this Door County campground 4.7 out of 5 stars. Some of the biggest complaints are the shower building. However, the park announced that a large chunk of the campground would close from mid-October until the end of 2023 for renovations. This could be an upgraded shower facility, but visitors must wait and see. Costs are roughly $30 nightly.

Aqualand Campground

Aqualand Campground in Sister Bay prides itself on being a quiet and peaceful campground. You can find it at 2445 County Q, Sister Bay, WI 54234. In addition to its 150 campsites, the campground offers ponds, paths, and open fields on what remains of its 67 acres.

The campground is very centrally located on the peninsula and offers easy access to some of the best attractions.

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 It’s a family-run campground that’s been welcoming guests since 1982. What makes Aqualand Campground unique is its location. You’re minutes from Peninsula State Park and the other small towns with beaches, shopping, and delicious restaurants. It costs roughly $54 a night and has a Google rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Autumn camping in Door County, Wisconsin
Enjoy stunning water views and serene forests in Door County, Wisconsin.

Tennison Bay Campground

Tennison Bay Campground has 188 of the 468 campsites at Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek, WI 54212. Unlike some other Door County campgrounds, Tennison Bay stays open during the winter with limited sites. However, water is not available at the sites but can be filled up at one location. 

If your looking for electric campsites that are a bit more rustic, this might be the campground for you. The campground has multiple shower houses and restroom facilities throughout the campground. There’s a playground, and Tennison Bay is a fun place to launch a kayak or canoe. The location draws many people to stay here. You’re close to everything and can spend your entire trip exploring without wasting time.

Visitors rate the camp 4.8 out of 5 stars, and the nightly rate ranges from approximately $25 to $40.

Fish Creek Campground & RV

Fish Creek Campground & RV is a seasonal campground open from mid-May through late October. You can find it at 3709 County F, Fish Creek, WI 54212. This family-run campground overlooks the Village of Fish Creek. It has 83 campsites and offers everything from modern accommodations to rustic camping experiences. 

Meet your fellow campers at their weekend community bonfires or test your skills in the rec room. If you spend the day fishing on the lake, the fish cleaning station can help you clean and prepare your dinner. They offer almost everything on-site that you could need during your stay. It averages 4.4 out of 5 stars and is roughly $48 through $63 nightly.

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Which Door County Campground Will You Choose?

We can’t encourage you enough to book a spot at one of these Door County campgrounds. It’s an incredible way to connect with the area and experience all it offers. You can find sites in a secluded forest or with stunning views. Picking where you should stay is not easy. However, with so much to explore, you may have to return a time or two.

Where would you like to stay in Door County? Tell us in the comments!

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