Door County is the thumb of Wisconsin. The straight of water between Green Bay and Lake Michigan is very turbulent and dangerous. It is littered with shipwrecks. The French named it the Door to the way of Death – or simply Death’s Door.
Limestone from the Niagara Escarpment is visible along both shorelines of the peninsula. With the completion of the Sturgeon Bay Shipping Canal in1881 the northern half of the peninsula is actually and island. Door County is nicknamed the “Cape Cod of the Midwest” because of its 298 miles of shoreline. Fish boils, lighthouses, beaches and ice cream draw tourists from around the country. Orchards of cherries and apples add to the flavor!