Door County—Cave Point

Jacksonport, Wisconsin

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Done as either a one-way paddle or an out-and-back, this trip explores the coastline of Lake Michigan. The journey passes shallow cave formations in the low cliffs on shore, giving paddlers the chance to paddle right up to them, and then follows along one of Door County’s finest beaches and the sands of Whitefish Dunes State Park. It is often—but not always—best to paddle early in the morning. Don’t let fog deter you; it can make for a mystical journey as long as you remain in sight of shore. The water can be pretty cold, even at the height of summer. An outfitter once taught me their 100-degree rule: If the water temperature and the air temperature do not add up to at least 100, they don’t run trips here. Wave height should be given consideration as well, as should wind direction. Winds from the east are going to raise big waves. On those days it is better to watch the waves crash and plume against Cave Point.

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"Done as either a one-way paddle or an out-and-back, this trip explores the coastline of Lake Michigan. The journey passes shallow cave formations in the low cliffs on shore, giving paddlers the chance to paddle right up to them, and then follows along one of Door County’s finest beaches and the sands of Whitefish Dunes State Park.

It is often—but not always—best to paddle early in the morning. Don’t let fog deter you; it can make for a mystical journey as long as you remain in sight of shore. The water can be pretty cold, even at the height of summer. An outfitter once taught me their 100-degree rule: If the water temperature and the air temperature do not add up to at least 100, they don’t run trips here. Wave height should be given consideration as well, as should wind direction. Winds from the east are going to raise big waves. On those days it is better to watch the waves crash and plume against Cave Point."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Jacksonport
Distance: 4.4
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: About 2 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Jacksonport

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Jun 2018