Door County: A Place Like No Other
Once introduced to Door County, it doesn’t take long to know, almost in one’s bones, that it is a special place. The European settlers who landed in Ephraim sensed it. Those who live here know it. Even the casual weekend visitor quickly realizes it. Whether it’s a trillium-strewn forest floor or the early morning mist rising from Kangaroo Lake, some part of Door County’s beauty seeps into the soul and takes hold.
What is intuitively apparent—that Door County is a place like no other—is, in fact, backed up by science. With more miles of shoreline and more rare plants and animals than any other county in Wisconsin, Door County is an ecologically diverse treasure. Two major factors contribute to this diversity—limestone dolomite bedrock and the cooling effects of Lake Michigan: land and water. The story of how these factors influence Door County began millions of years ago, thousands of miles away.
Can You Spare 6 Minutes to Protect More Land?
Reading Stories in the Snow
A Win for Water Quality: Wetlands Protected at Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp
A Watershed Moment for Washington Island’s Coffey Swamp
Land at Heart of Kellner Fen Donated into Permanent Conservation
Anonymous Donor Inspires Giving for Land Protection at Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp
Hiking during hunting season:
how to stay safe
High-quality forest and wetland habitat protected on Washington Island
A New Conservation Easement Protects Forest in Baileys Harbor
Pollinator Garden at Bayshore Blufflands Nature Preserve
Resources and Links
Door County Library links to local information and resources on a variety of environmental and ecological topics.
An interactive, in-depth analysis of lands for natural resource protection and land use planning.
Search Door County land records and web map.