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Fall Colors @ Door County Newport State Park, Wisconsin

Chicago Camping, Canoeing, & Outdoor Adventures Group
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Oct 12 5:00PM - 2:00PM

Door County Newport State Park

Oct. 12 15, 2017

Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay, is Wisconsin's only formally-designated wilderness park. With 2,373 acres and 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the park offers quiet alternatives to bustling Door County. Explore 30 miles of hiking trails with hike-in campsites. There are evergreen and hardwood forests, wetlands and upland meadows.

Group Limit: 25 people.

Newport State Park is about a 5 hour drive from Chicago.

Expected Temperatures: Expect daytime highs to be around 60 and nighttime lows to be in the low 40's.

We will be camping a group site at Newport State Park. It is about a mile hike to the campsite (group site G). Carts are allowed. I will be bringing 1 cart. There are only pit toilets at the site. There are flush toilets at the Visitor Center. There are no showers. There is also a beach there for swimming.

Newport State Park is located along a rugged shoreline near the north east end of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula. Designated a Wilderness Area by the Wisconsin DNR, it offers almost 30 miles of hiking and biking trails. Through boreal forest, wooded uplands, meadows and 11 miles of shoreline, there is something for everyone.

Park Map:

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Address: 475 County Highway NP, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin 54210
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We are camping from Thursday October, 12th thru Sunday October, 15th (3 nights). The cost will be $21. This fee is for firewood, campsite, misc. expenses, and PayPal fees. For cool evenings, there is an indoor shelter (with a fireplace) by the parking lot we can use if it is not booked.

Refund Policy: Full refund will be given until October 2nd at 11:00 pm. No refund will be given after 11:00 pm October 2nd.

We will be having a potluck on Saturday Night. Please bring a dish to pass. You are responsible for all meals, snacks and beverages. Alcohol is allowed.

Carpooling: Please include in your RSVP if are looking for a ride or can offer a ride.

Well behaved pets and kids are allowed. Pets must be leashed at all times.

Sister Bay's Fall Festival (Friday thru Sunday): The Granddaddy of all Door County Festivals celebrates its 72st year. Parade, arts and crafts fair, food, live entertainment, and childrens activities. If youve never come to Fall Fest, youre missing out on a rockin time! Sister Bay is 12 miles from Newport State Park.


Optional Day Trips:

Rock Island State Park (8 miles to the ferry)

Ferry Information ($24.50 round trip per person, $26 per car):

Rock Island Map:



Peninsula State Park (20 miles from Newport SP)

Peninsula State Park Map:



Newport State Park Designated Wisconsins First International Dark Sky Park

Europe Bay at Newport State Park with aurora and the Pilot Island Lighthouse in the background. Photo by Denny Moutray.

The Milky Way sets over Newport State Park in Wisconsin, U.S. Photo by Denny Moutray.


This is a great trip. I hope you can make it.


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