Door County State Parks Reopening at 8 am Thursday, Oct 6

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced earlier today that Door County’s popular state parks: Peninsula, Potawatomi, Newport and Whitefish Dunes are all scheduled to reopen at 8 am on Thursday, October 6. Rock Island State Park and the Ahnapee State Trail were reopened at 8 am today.

The five state parks in Door County had been closed since Friday September 30 due to damage sustained in a storm with unusually high winds that passed over the county on Thursday night, September 29.

Jon Jarosh

Jon Jarosh, director of communications and public relations for the Door County Visitor Bureau, says the county is ready for a busy weekend.  “The fall colors are starting to really pop and should be excellent here over the next few weeks,” he said. “We’re glad that our state parks will all be open again starting tomorrow for visitors to enjoy and greatly appreciate the time and efforts of everyone who helped with the clean up process,” he said.

The county’s fall event calendar is particularly full over the next few weeks – the large number of events corresponds to the typical time fall colors peak in October, with festivals and events scheduled throughout the peninsula and on Washington Island.  Visitors looking for up-to-date fall color information can find a fall color report as well as a detailed calendar of events on

The weather forecast for the upcoming Columbus Day weekend looks to be ideal, with sunny skies and warmer than usual temperatures. Door County tourism officials anticipate it being a busy next couple of weeks.

The Door County Visitor Bureau is the official tourism marketing organization for the county whose mission is to generate incremental economic impact for the community by attracting visitors with strategies that ensure sustainable tourism.

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