Rowleys Bay

Rowley’s Bay was once a prosperous logging area with a sawmill, post office and a small hotel on the bay shore. A popular resort restaurant and a campground still host visitors to this area where a French missionary first walked ashore in 1686. The cross on the shoreline is a replica of one built by Jesuit missionaries in the late 1600’s. The bay bears the name of Peter Rowley, who in 1835 left the imaginary congestion of the little frontier post at Fort Howard and settled at this point.

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Four miles east of Ellison Bay on the Lake Michigan shore lies the gateway to the Mink River estuary. The Nature Conservancy shoreline of pristine wilderness is the home of many rare plants, birds and animal life. There are evergreen and hardwood forests, wetlands, and upland meadows. It’s a great place to fish or just let your canoe gently drift down the Mink River.

Newport State Park, a 2400-acre wilderness area that extends north along Lake Michigan from Rowley’s Bay to past Europe Lake, is a haven for hikers, bicyclists, skiers, snowshoers and backpack campers. Rowleys Bay, which abuts the park, is a pristine area with a resort and campground nestled into the woods along its shore. The park has an interpretive center and naturalist program. Newport offers 38.3 miles of trails, all of them open for hiking. Of these, 16.8 miles also are open to off-road bicycles. In the winter, 26.3 miles of trails are available for cross-country skiing, including, 12.5 miles groomed and tracked for classical skiing and 2 miles groomed for skate skiing, and 4.5 miles are open for snowshoeing. Newport has 16 backpack campsites, 13 of which can be reserved. The park also offers winter backpack camping.

The Rowleys Bay area has the kind of unspoiled, rugged beauty that seems timeless. This wilderness area is a year-round haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. It features a great sandy beach and miles of trails for hikers, bikers, skiers, snowshoers and backpack campers. Within minutes lie golf courses, attractions, and picturesque coastal villages offering shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Door County Visitor Bureau

1015 Green Bay Road, PO Box 406, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-0406
Phone: (920) 743-4456 Email: [email protected] Fax: (920) 743-7873

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