Cave Point County Park Door County
Cave Point County Park Door County is located in Wisconsin in an area marketed in the tourism industry as the Cape Cod of the Midwest. Door County is located on the thumb of Wisconsin.
The park features underwater caves, hiking trails & limestone cliffs and miles of rocky shore along scenic Lake Michigan in Door County.
It is well known by the locals but seems to be sometimes overlooked by tourists.
The official address for Cave Point County Park is: 5360 Schauer Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.
Beauty in Any Season:
The area is outstanding in any season.
During the spring, summer, and fall, you will find rocks sculptures everywhere. The rocky shoreline attracts visitors to leave their mark.
There are some hiking trails that allow you to walk along the limestone bluffs and lead way to wildlife and wildflowers.
There are beautiful wildflowers like the trilliums and some plants that are unique to The Door County Peninsula like the endangered dwarf iris.
Winter is generally not experienced by as many people as summer and fall seasons.
Winter is exceptional. The season brings on an element that is unlike any other.
The strong wave action that you witness during the summer and fall months beats up against the limestone and creates spectacular ice formations during the winter months.
The buildup of ice can most certainly make the area dangerous. You need to watch your footing and be mindful when exploring.
Strong winds, waves and ice most certainly could be a deadly combination.
Using care and caution can be rewarding. Sometimes, the wave action on shore creates windows through the ice.
Cave Point County Park Door County ice sculptures make perfect windows to view Lake Michigan.
Having the luxury to visit such a fabulous natural landscape throughout the years there was one occurrence that I questioned.
In the spring and after the water of the lake seemed to warm up it has this Aventurine coloring. Wasn’t sure why this happened.
If you have ever held an aventurine stone in your hands, then you know what a beautiful colored stone it is. Aventurine name derives from the Italian “a ventura” meaning “by chance”.
By chance, I have visited on days Lake Michigan showed an aventurine coloring.
I had to find out why this occurs. Here is the answer: As the ice melts and the water warms up along shores of Cave Point on Lake Michigan waters it creates an aventurine coloring for a few days.
I read that wave action that stirs up bottom sediments and grinds air bubbles into the water, and precipitates of dissolved calcium carbonate that come out of solution when water temperatures rise. This color change occurs as the lake warms and stirs up. An extra special event to witness and photograph.
Warmer temps brought on a very pretty green colored water.
It may not have rained on me while obtaining the shot below, but I did get a little wet by standing in ankle deep in water. The rain clouds the weatherman promised most certainly did arrive and most certainly didn’t disappoint.
Lake Michigan is extremely cold this time of year. Even more so than during the summer. Never thought that was possible. Thankfully, this was only ankle deep water and my time was short lived.
If you enjoy camping, trails, state and county parks, kayaking and lighthouses, the peninsula has you covered.
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