What’s Nearby

Just moments from Rowleys Bay Resort you’ll find the best of what Door County has to offer. These aren’t your everyday tourist traps, they’re world famous landmarks and full of experiences you won’t find anywhere else.

Sand Bay Park

Right around the corner from Rowleys Bay Resort, through the trails, or a short drive around the block, is Sand Bay Park. Owned and maintained by the Township of Liberty Grove, this park has sandy beaches, a kayak launch, boardwalks, picnic tables, charcoal grills, and bathroom facilities. (Pets not allowed.)

Need help finding something to do? Try the DNR’s Explore Outdoors activity finder!
Door County North’s 2020 guide is ONLINE. There’s still SOOOO much to do this far north!

Newport State Park

Home to over thirty miles of hiking and biking trails, Newport State Park on the north side of Rowleys Bay was recently designated a Dark Sky Park: the only one in Wisconsin, right across our quiet bay!  Open year-round 6 AM to 11 PM daily, this gives stargazers of all levels the opportunity to enjoy one of the best night sky views in all of the northern United States. Their naturalist hosts over 90 events each year, and you can see what’s coming up next on their online calendar.

MORE Northern Door County Parks

Click on one of the icons to see Google Map directions from the resort to the park. They’re all so close!

Hunting and Fishing

Call us home while you’re trolling for monster trout and stalking the thirty-point buck. In the summer you’ll have access to all our open amenities, and in the winter and spring we’ll give you a comfortable room and send you out early with fresh, complimentary coffee.

Learn more about the nearby marina and local fishing.


Birders can enjoy four-season bird watching on the Mink River Estuary and the resort’s never-frozen bay. An estimated 200 species of birds pass through the Northern Door County area annually, including bitterns, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, sedge wrens, yellow rails, northern harriers, marsh hawks, blue-winged teal, loons, black ducks, red-breasted mergansers, swans, sandhill cranes, pelicans, woodpeckers, owls, and bald eagles.

* Note: Birding Fest 2020 has been canceled but look for it in the future!

Washington Island

Take the ferry ride to Washington Island and enjoy a day in this unique area. From here you can also get to Rock Island State Park and become a part of the Bitters Club (it’s an Atlas Obscura feature). The ferry at Northport is just a fifteen minute drive through scenic Gills Rock, and includes the famous “windy road.”

Visit the “curvy” road in northern Door County!
What else is there to do on Washington Island?

Land Trust Hiking Trails

Door County’s Land Trust preserves over 8,000 acres in 12 Door County reserves open to the public year-round. They host classes and guided hikes, and if you need a map, there’s even an app for that!

Cave Point

Snowmobile Trails

In the winter, hop onto a nearby trail and explore the peninsula.

Arts & Entertainment

The Clearing

Northern Sky Theatre

Peninsula Players

Door County Auditorium


Cana Island Lighthouse

Local Stores and Resources

Nicolet Bank: Sister Bay

USPS: Ellison Bay and Sister Bay

Pioneer Store, Ellison Bay: Ice, movie rentals, groceries, toiletries, propane. 920-854-3042 Google Map

The Last Stop, Ellison Bay: Fuel, auto mechanic, bait, fish license, snacks. 920-854-2088 Google Map

Door County North Visitor Station, Ellison Bay: Local tourism information. Google Map

Bhirdos Shell Station, Sister Bay: Fuel, open late. 920-854-2215 Google Map

Piggly Wiggly, Sister Bay: Grocery store. 920-854-2391 Google Map

Northern Door YMCA, Fish Creek: Fitness classes, daily membership available. 920-868-3660 Google Map

Health Care Resources

Nurse Direct – Prevea Care After Hours – open 24/7, 877-746-0003
Compassionate, experienced nurses offer confidential advice and information on you or your loved one’s symptoms or health concerns. Nurses can also suggest or connect you with follow-up care.

Door County Medical Center Urgent Care in Sturgeon Bay – open 7AM-7PM daily, 920-743-5566 or 800-522-8919
Get directions via Google Maps – located at 323 S. 18th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, about a 50 minute drive from the resort.

Aurora NorDoor Clinic in Sister Bay – call for hours, 920-854-2347
Get directions via Google Maps – located at 2521 S Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234, about a 13 minute drive from the resort.

North Shore Medical Clinic in Fish Creek – call for hours, 920-868-3511
Get directions via Google Maps – located at 3711 WI-42, Fish Creek, WI 54212, about a 23 minute drive from the resort.

Door County Medical Center Emergency Room – open 24/7
Get directions via Google Maps – located at 323 S. 18th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, about a 50 minute drive from the resort.