Door County winter sports have grown in popularity among locals and visitors alike. There are more opportunities to snowshoe, ski, and fat bike than ever before. Here’s a guide to some of the best places to go to enjoy winter sports in Door County.


A Guided snowshoe hike at the Ridges.
A guided snowshoe hike at the Ridges is a very popular winter activity..

When the snow falls in droves, the morning after brings some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable to the trails of Door County. Head to the parks, a nature preserve, or our favorite spot, the Ridges Sanctuary, and strap on some snowshoes for great exercise and photos.

Rent snowshoes at the following locations:

Guests of Bay Point Inn – Free – Contact guest services

Bay Shore Outdoor Store
Ridges Sanctuary
Nor Door Sport & Cyclery

Cross-country Skiing

Door County offers many options for great cross-country skiing on groomed trails at Peninsula State Park, Newport State Park, Potawattomi State Park, and Crossroads at Big Creek. Rent skis at the following locations:

Crossroads at Big Creek
Bay Shore Outdoor Store
Ecology Sports
Nor Door Sport & Cyclery

Ice Skating

Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink, Sister Bay

The TKH Ice Rink offers a beautiful ice rink when temperatures allow from late December through February. There’s open skating on the recreational rink, and a full-size rink for hockey and broomball. Skate, stick, helmet, and broomball equipment rentals available.

Sturgeon Bay Ice Rink, Memorial Field, Sturgeon Bay

The City of Sturgeon Bay maintains an ice rink as weather permits, located on the parking lot of the Memorial Field Warming House during the winter season. Watch newspapers or listen for radio announcements for the schedule.

Hiking at Door County Land Trust Preserves

The Door County Land Trust has preserved thousands of acres of beautiful properties available for hiking and exploration. Visit these preserves just steps from the Inn, or see the full list here>>

Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve
5454 Bay Shore Drive (Cty B)
& 5519 Reynolds Road,
near Carlsville

Oak Road Nature Preserve
6391 Oak Road,
near Carlsville

White Cliff Nature Preserve
8248 White Cliff Road,
near Egg Harbor

Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve
6749 County G,
near Egg Harbor

Fat Tire Biking

If you thought trail riding was for summer and fall only, think again. Fat tire biking has become one of our favorite Door County winter sports activities offering a completely different experience than you’ve ever had on a bike. See our parks in a new way as you plow through snow-covered roads. Newport State Park offers a fat bike trail, roughly five miles and groomed in some sections.

Fat tire bikes are available for rent at Nor Door Sport & Cyclery in Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay.

Nor Door Sport & Cyclery

Ice Fishing

Ever thought about giving ice fishing a whirl? Well why not rent a heated shack, pack a cooler and head out for an afternoon of fishing fun!

We highly recommend Late Eyes Sport Fishing. They will take you out with a guide and show you the ropes or you can rent an ice house from them all ready set up and waiting.