Thinking of trying somewhere new and interesting to camp? Consider these 5 Door County Campgrounds! Let me show you a few of my family’s favorite places to go camping in Door County, Wisconsin, and fun things to do while you’re in the area.
5 Best Door County Campgrounds (+Fun Things To Do In The Area!)
Let me just start out by saying, if you’re going camping in beautiful Door County, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed no matter where you decide to stay.
There are miles of shoreline, so much to do, great places to eat, and fun events all throughout the year so you’re sure to have a great time!
But, if you’re looking for advice from someone who lives not too far from Door County and has done a fair share of camping in the area, keep reading because these 5 Door County campgrounds are a few of our favorites ☺️.
Get your RV out of winter storage, sanitize your water tank, and brush up on tips to make the best campfire, because after reading about these 5 Door County Campgrounds you’re going to be ready for camping season and fun outdoor adventures!!
1. Peninsula State Park
This Wisconsin State Park is huge! It’s a 3,776-acre park to be exact.
And not only are there five campgrounds with over 460 campsites and three group camps for tent camping, there are many other things to do as well.
In addition to camping, there is also an 18-hole golf course, bike trails, a lighthouse, a summer theater, hiking, picnic areas, and eight miles of Lake Michigan shoreline where you can launch your boat, fish, swim, and enjoy all the fun nature has to offer.
Speaking of nature, there is also a beautiful beach where you can rent canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddles boards, and other fun recreational equipment. In addition to renting equipment, there is also a camp store where you can buy supplies and even get a little snack.
Peninsula State Park is one of the best places to camp in Wisconsin, but just a word of advice-reserve your spot early!!
If you’re flexible on your dates or just need a campsite for a day or two you may be able to get a spot without reserving months in advance, but if you’re looking for specific dates you’ll definitely want to make reservations as soon as possible.
Interested in staying at this Wisconsin State Park? You can find more info about this beautiful campground and reserve your campsite online here!
Want to check out a few attractions within a short drive (or walk) of Peninsula State Park? Here are a few you don’t want to miss!
- Skyway Drive-In Theater– this is an absolute favorite, my kids love it!
- Door County Trolley (10 fun-themed trolly tours!)
- Door County Rock & Gem
- Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours
- Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market
And that’s just a few of the local shops, things to do, places to eat, and fun to be had near Peninsula State Park!
2. Washington Island Campground
Next on our Door County campgrounds list is Washington Island Campground.
This campground is unique for many reasons, but first and foremost because it’s on an island!
Washington Island Campground is also a great place to stay because of its beautiful camping & RV sites, swimming pond with inflatables, playground, and volleyball area, and they even have horse sites so that you can camp and bring your favorite four-legged friend!
To get to this campground you need to take the Washington Island Ferry across Death’s Door (no kidding- that’s what the passage is called!).
Because of the need to ferry across to the island, you will definitely want to factor in the cost of taking an RV or camper. It’s not terribly expensive (although that depends on what is expensive to you!), but just be aware that there is a separate charge for each person, automobile, or oversized vehicle (like an RV).
If you find the cost to ferry everything and your kitchen sink over more than you are willing to spend you can always choose to leave your RV home and stay in one of the cabins at the campground or bring a tent!
Interested in finding rates, taking a virtual tour of the campground or making reservations online? You can do it all right here!
Washington Island Campground has great amenities and fun things to do, but if you are on an island and have a little time, you should definitely go out and explore!
Here are a few things you won’t want to miss:
- Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop– this is a real lavender farm with a gift shop and is so beautiful!
- Cherry Train Tour– narrated tour of Washington Island
- Gathering Ground– non-profit vineyard and orchard with a weekly farmer’s market
- Trueblood Performing Arts Center-music, art fair, and more!
And that’s just a few places to visit! Be sure to check out Washington Island’s website to find museums, unique shops, sandy beaches, scenic tours, and so much more!
3. Wagon Trail Campground
Wagon Trail Campground is a wonderfully peaceful place to relax, unwind and enjoy some real, quality family time!
You’ll love this campground because of the sense of privacy from wooded sites, clean bathrooms, beautiful flowers and wildlife, adorable camp store, game room, playground, and so much more!
(It is even big rig friendly if that’s something you need.)
There are even walking trails and a shallow beach within walking distance if you feel like enjoying a little sun and sand.
Not sure if you feel like hauling your RV? No problem!
Wagon Trail Campground has rental RV’s and cabins so you can still enjoy the campground and local activities.
One other thing you might want to try- staying in a yurt! What a fun summer vacation experience for the whole family!!
Feel like exploring the area a little? Here are a few things you don’t want to miss!
- Rowley’s Bay Resort- kayak, zipline, and try a segway!
- Pioneer Store- the cutest old-fashioned country store!!
- Viking Grill & Lounge Fish Boil
- Ellison Bluff County Park
- The Clearing Folk School
Interested in everything the Rowley’s Bay/Ellison Bay area has to offer? You can find activities, places to eat, and find out more about all of Door County on their website!
4. Egg Harbor Campground & RV Resort
Egg Harbor Campground & RV Resort has everything you need for a great camping vacation in the door county area.
They offer a camp store, playground, heated pool, game room, bath/shower facilities, laundry room facilities, and plenty of fun 🙂
There are lots that can accommodate any type of camper or RV, tent sites, and even cabins available for rent.
And, if it’s fun you’re after, they offer planned activities throughout the season and there is a golf course almost next to the campground!
If you’re looking for a clean, well maintained campground or RV park in Door County with a friendly staff, you will not be disappointed.
- Plum Loco Farm- animal sanctuary
- The Orchards At Egg Harbor-golf course
- Egg Harbor Fun Park
- Birch Creek Music Performance Center
This is just a short list of some of the fun things to do in Egg Harbor. If you’re looking for great dining, shopping, or events, be sure to check out their website!
5. Tranquil Timbers Camping Resort
Tranquil Timbers RV Resort in Sturgeon Bay is a great place to camp, relax, and enjoy everything the area has to offer.
This campground has a number of amenities- when they say resort they really mean it!
When camping here you can enjoy mini golf, bike trails, a game room, volleyball courts, basketball, horseshoes, a pool, and so much more.
In addition to the amenities, there are also planned kids activities, dancing, live entertainment, bingo and card games, and the list goes on!
The great part is that you can choose to participate in any or all of the activities or sit back, relax, and enjoy a little time outdoors.
Want to have the fun of staying in a campground but don’t have a camper? No problem! Tranquil Timbers has cabins available for rent (there are even deluxe cabins available!).
- Waterfront Mary’s Bar & Grill– great view and the fish boil is a must-see!
- Door County Maritime Museum
- The Farm– a living museum of rural America
- Heritage Village At Big Creek
- Sail Sturgeon Bay
This is just a glimpse of what is available in Sturgeon Bay! If you’re looking for more fun ideas you can find them on the city’s website.
The Door County campgrounds listed above are all great choices, but there are many others that may be a better fit for your needs or location. Here are a few to consider:
- Fish Creek Campground
- Door County Jellystone Park
- Bailey’s Grove Campground
- Aqualand Campground
- Harbour Village
These are just a few places to go camping in Door County.
I may actually have to do another article and include other campgrounds along with nearby attractions because there is so much to see and do in the area.
It truly is a one-of-a-kind vacation destination with something for everyone!
A Few Last Thoughts About The Best Door County Campgrounds
If you’re looking for a vacation where you can explore the outdoors, spend some time on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, and enjoy great dining, wineries, museums, galleries, and shops- Door County is the perfect vacation destination!
There’s no better place to enjoy nature, relax, and have fun.
Now get out there and enjoy one of the many Door County campgrounds and everything the area has to offer! Have fun!!!