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an overlook at Peninsula State Park during autumn

Encompassing a scintillating landscape of its pristine shoreline, towering bluffs and bosky forests, Peninsula State Park is one of Wisconsin’s premier public recreational spaces, a little over an hour away from Green Bay.

Covering 3,700 acres the park is a wonderful place to escape the pressures of city life, offering a wide range of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy. This includes the likes of boating, fishing, hiking and picnicking.

A pet friendly state park, birders come here in their droves to check out a range of permanent and migratory species.

Likewise, golfers also enjoy the challenges presented by the picturesque golf course that can be found within it.

Photographers and artists can gain plenty of inspiration from the surrounding scenery too. While for those who want to camp, there are five different campgrounds available within this Wisconsin state park. Each of which provides visitors with a different base in which to enjoy its wonderful setting.

Activities

Visitors to this stunning Wisconsin state park can revel in its tremendous landscape and stoic surroundings in a variety of ways.

Presented below is a brief summary of some of the many leisurely pursuits you can partake in whilst you are there.

Boating at Peninsula State Park

As it is located on Green Bay and is close to the historic Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, boating is a common pastime at Peninsula State Park.

Nicolet Bay is where most boaters tend to head to, as it offers calm waters and comely views of the bluffs and the lighthouse.

For those who have their own vessels, there are a number of boat launches and marinas dotted around the park which provide convenient access to the water.

If you didn’t bring one with you, guests can hire boats, canoes and kayaks from several vendors who operate from within the park.

person kayaking at Peninsula State Park

Fishing at Peninsula State Park

Anglers love Peninsula State Park for the opportunities it provides for fishing within the shimmering waters of Green Bay.

Visitors can choose to fish from the shoreline or from a boat and will find several fishing piers and boat launches for their convenience located throughout the park.

The most common species of fish to catch include bass, walleye, northern pike, and perch. You will need a valid fishing license in order to do so. But you can pick that up, as well as hire equipment from the main office or local bait and tackle shops.

Hiking at Peninsula State Park

Hiking is one of the best ways to appreciate the true beauty of the park. Within Peninsula State Park there are more than 20 miles of hiking trails for visitors to tackle.

If you only have time to attempt one trail whilst at the park, make it the Eagle Trail. At 2.5-miles, this round trip hike offers a good workout, while providing spectacular views of Green Bay and the surrounding landscape from the top of Eagle Tower.

Should you happen to be in the park at dusk, be sure to tackle The Sunset Trail. As well as being able to witness a magnificent sunset over the bay, you will also be able to see some of the park’s diverse wildlife species, including deer, foxes, and birds.

Golf Course at Peninsula State Park

If you love golf you will definitely want to bring your clubs with you to Peninsula State Park as there is a splendid 18-hole course located within it.

Surrounded by woods and bluffs, and offering beautiful views of Green Bay, the course measures 6,200 yards from the back tees and has a par of 71.

It features well-manicured fairways, challenging bunkers, and rolling greens and is enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels.

Pets

It will no doubt please pet owners to discover that Peninsula State Park prides itself on being a pet-friendly park.

That said, everyone who brings their pooch with them should follow certain guidelines to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone.

For instance, your four legged friend must be kept on a leash of no longer than eight feet at all times they are at the park. The only exception to this is when they are in a designated dog exercise area.

Similarly, pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets and disposing of their waste in the appropriate trash cans.

It is also worth nothing there are some areas in the park where pets are forbidden. This includes the beach, picnic areas and playgrounds.

For a comprehensive overview of the park’s pet policy it is worth getting in touch with the main office.

Camping

Camping is one of the most popular activities of all at Peninsula State Park, with five different campgrounds in total offering some 468 campsites to visitors. These campgrounds are spread throughout the park, and all provide a different experience.

The main campground is Nicolet Bay, which accommodates 401 campsites, including 47 electric sites, 25 sites with water and electric hookups, and 13 pull-through sites. Amenities at it include modern restrooms, hot showers, and a dump station. It’s also located near the park’s beach and boat launch, making it an ideal spot for water activities.

South Nicolet Bay is another decent campground that possesses 32 campsites, including four electric sites. As its name suggests it is located south of Nicolet Bay. Residing in a quieter, less crowded area of the park, it provides a fishing dock and access to bike trails and hiking paths.

The other campgrounds at Peninsula State Park include Weborg Point, Tennison Bay, and Welcker’s Point, all of which offer non-electric campsites. Weborg Point and Tennison Bay campgrounds are located on the shores of Green Bay, and Welcker’s Point is situated near the park’s golf course.

All campsites in the park can be reserved up to 11 months in advance. However, while the park is open year-round, some campgrounds may be closed during the offseason. So it’s best to check which of them are open in advance of your visit.

Park Location

Peninsula State Park
9462 Shore Road
Fish Creek, WI 54212
Phone: 920.868.3258

Park Website
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Video

Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Peninsula State Park: