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Should you be traveling near the tip of the Wisconsin peninsula, book an RV in Potawatomi State Park, if you are keen to see the lesser-visited side of The Badger State. Conveniently located with great accessibility to Route 42 and Route 57, Potawatomi State Park is easily reachable when you rent an RV in Wisconsin. Less than an hours drive away from Green Bay on the west coast, and no more than a 90-minute drive from Manitowoc on the east coast, this park has the perfect balance of city convenience and natural beauty.
Established in 1928, the park itself was named in honor of the tribe that first inhabited the peninsula. Originally known at the Bo-De-Wad-Me Tribe, loosely translating to "keeper of the fire," the name was eventually simplified to Potawatomi State Park. Stretching across 1,225 acres of undulating green hills, immense limestone cliffs, and beautiful bay coastline, visitors choose to rent a camper near Potawatomi State Park not only to experience the rich heritage but also to explore the great outdoors here.
Exploring the park on foot is by far the most popular way hikers, and vacationers spend their time here. With over eleven miles of hiking trails that wind through the park, all of varying difficulty, it is no surprise why. Try the Tower Trail, one of the most popular hikes in the park and receive a great introduction to the local flora and fauna found here; in particular, look out for the unique Beech Trees that are only found close to Lake Michigan. This almost four-mile-long trail passes several viewpoints, including the 75-foot observation tower that offers beautiful views over the rolling hills and craggy limestone ridges.
Alternatively, consider completing part of the infamous Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Although this part of the trail is only three miles long and follows the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin, the trail itself continues on for thousands of miles. Why not choose an RV rental here during the winter months, when you will see nine miles of these walking trail transformed into cross-country skiing and snowmobiling paths.
Bordering the coastline of Sturgeon Bay, there are a great variety of water activities to take advantage of here. For those with their own vessel, this is the perfect place to launch your boat to indulge in a spot of fishing for the day. Even for those that don’t have their own boat, it is easy enough to rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboat from one of the touts on the beach. This naturally protected bay offers some of the best bass fishing in the world as well as the opportunity to catch rainbow trout, whitefish, and northern pike. Either bring your own rod or rent some fishing equipment from the park, for free!
For any adventure seekers camping at Potawatomi State Park, there is the opportunity to go scuba diving in the clear waters to check out some of the area’s shipwrecks. Whether you are an experienced diver or a first-timer, there are tours here that can cater to your ability level. These trips only run when the weather is clear during July and August, so plan your trip well if you are hoping to do a bit of adventuring!
RV camping at Potawatomi State Park is possible thanks to the 123-site large, Daisy Field Campground, found within the parameters of the park. Only forty of the sites offer electric hookups. However, all sites are just a quick walk to the modern washroom facilities, complete with flushing toilets and hot showers. If you are part of a larger group, the campsite can organize a group site for up to 30 people if you call ahead. Being an incredibly popular campground, all other bookings should also be made in advance.
For those that prefer motorhome camping to be a little more luxurious, consider staying at Tranquil Timbers RV Resort, situated on the edge of the state park. With over 250 spacious sites that can accommodate even the largest of rigs, there is guaranteed to be something here for every type of camper. Every site has full hookups for your rental RV as well as a handy fire pit and picnic table. Tranquil Timbers Resort offers camping for visitors, and their pets, from May through to October.
If you are keen to do some city-based attractions, head across the bridge to the larger town of Sturgeon Bay, an easy ten-minute drive away. The Door County Historical Museum is the perfect activity for any history buffs camping with an RV rental in the area. With a selection of exhibits on show, retelling Door County’s history and highlighting information about the evolution of the area’s wildlife, this is an attraction not to be missed. Although a small museum, the interactive displays and, friendly staff will keep you occupied for a good few hours! And, with such a low suggested donation for entry, it is a cause well worth supporting.
Whilst in the area, make sure to pop into the Door County Maritime Museum, another of the county’s hidden gems. Spanning across two stories, this museum houses fascinating displays on shipwrecks that occurred here over the years as well as the role Sturgeon Bay played during WWII. To make the most out of your visit, why not join a tour run by one of the friendly volunteers who will give you a trip around the restored sea-going tugboat built in 1919.
For a truly unique experience, consider a Grizzly Scenic Air Tour. Offering those who are brave enough, an airplane tour over the stunning Door County, this is an experience not to be missed. Spot the sunken shipwrecks from the air, marvel over the dramatic limestone cliffs and discover the hidden gems of the peninsula. For a stunning experience, choose to do the tour at sunset and watch the county disappear into a golden-pink haze.