Potawatomi State Park - Sturgeon Bay, WI - Wisconsin State Parks

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Welcome to Potawatomi State Park
Potawatomi State Park on the shore of Sturgeon Bay in southern Door County, has 1,200 acres of gently rolling upland terrain bordered by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs. The park is named in honor of the tribe that inhabited Green Bay’s shores and islands when Europeans first settled the area. The tribe called themselves Bo-De-Wad-Me which means "keeper of the fire." Eventually the spelling and pronunciation were changed to Potawatomi.

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Camping and reservations
Potawatomi State Park has family and group campsites and an accessible cabin for people with disabilities.

Camping reservations for outdoor campsites can be made online or by calling 888-947-2757.

Firewood can be purchased at the Potawatomi Park Store in the campground.

Daisy Field campground
Two loops of the Daisy Field campground offer a total of 123 campsites, 40 with electricity. Four group sites can each accommodate 30 people. Two of the group sites can accommodate trailers and motor homes and the other two sites are available for tent campers. Showers and a sanitary dump station are open in season. There are two paved, accessible campsites in the south loop of the campground in addition to the accessible cabin. These sites have paved pathways leading to the toilet/shower building and are equipped with pedestals for electric hookups.

Cabin by the Bay
The Cabin by the Bay in the south campground provides fully accessible indoor camping for persons with disabilities. The cabin is equipped with a low counter, stove, microwave and refrigerator. Two hospital beds, a full-sized sofa sleeper and two cots accommodate up to six people. Amenities include a bathroom with a wheel-in shower, heating, air conditioning and a screened porch. A committee of people with disabilities helped design the cabin to make it highly useable by a variety of people.

There are several hiking trails at the park. Potawatomi is home to the eastern trail head of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, which begins near the observation tower. The 75-foot observation tower rises above the forest canopy giving a panoramic view. On a clear day, the view from the park's observation tower reaches 16 miles across Green Bay.

Picnic areas
Potawatomi State Park has several picnic areas along the Sturgeon Bay shoreline, as well as an overlook of the park's old ski hill. There are playgrounds in the picnic area by Parking Lot 2 and the Daisy Field campground. There is a shelter available for reservations along the south shoreline picnic area.

Boating, canoeing and kayaking
Potawatomi State Park is a base for boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, SCUBA diving and water skiing on Green Bay. Over two miles of shoreline provide many scenic views and recreational opportunities. There is a boat launch in the park on Sawyer Harbor, a sheltered inlet at the mouth of Sturgeon Bay. Canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals are available at the park. Due to the rocky shoreline, Potawatomi does not have a swimming beach.

Canoes and kayaks available for rent.About eight miles of off-road bike trails wind through the park. Parking for the trails is available in Parking Lot 1 near the picnic areas along the shoreline. Visitors can also bike on any of the park's roads.

There is a fish cleaning station at the boat launch. Anglers 16 years or older must have a valid Wisconsin fishing license. Anglers of any age may check out basic fishing equipment free of charge at the park office. This equipment was donated by the Tackle Loaner Program. Call the park office to find out what equipment is available.

Hunting and trapping
Hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the park during the Wisconsin state parks hunting and trapping time frame. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails. Certain trap types are restricted on state park properties.

Winter activities
In winter there are several miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. All the trails begin near the picnic area shelter. Hikers and snowshoers can traverse most of the park, as long as they stay off the groomed ski trails. Potawatomi also offers about eight miles of snowmobile trails that connect with county trails on the west and south park boundaries. Snowmobile parking is available at the park office
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