Why Everyone Should Take a Camping Trip to Door County, WI

Why Everyone Should Take a Camping Trip to Door County, WI

Like many people who enjoy camping, we often find places to drive our RV that are close to home, maybe within a few hours. That way we can go for a weekend and not spend a lot of time driving. However, about once a year we decide to load up the motorhome and make the trek to a highly recommended location. This year, that place was Door County, WI.

Not everyone enjoys camping and it often seems that those who love it also have a desire for great scenery. That is exactly what we got when we went to Door County. From rolling hills, to tall bluffs, picturesque sunsets, and miles of trees, Door County has just about every type of landscape you could imagine. Since it sits on a peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan it also has some fantastic views of the water along with tons of opportunities for recreational activities.

In addition to the scenery, another reason everyone should visit Door County is the atmosphere. While it is a tourist destination it never felt as if we were surrounded by the hustle and bustle of hundreds of people trying to be in the same place at the same time. Yes, there were times we had to wait for a table or had to go around several blocks to find a place to park, but it still always felt peaceful and relaxing. Everyone visiting was there to unwind and even the tour guides and shop owners seemed to take life at a slower pace.

While it is possible to visit Door County and not be on a camping trip as there are numerous resorts and bed and breakfast locations to choose from, our RV trip was the only way to go for us. Not only was the drive beautiful but we were able to travel in one vehicle with our entire family of 6 and we could all stay in one place for a minimal price.

We spent most of our stay in Peninsula State Park located in Fish Creek, WI. It was a very reasonable price of $22 a night for an electrical site along with the $35 entrance fee for out of state vehicles. Since we pull the car with us for day trips we also had to get a park entrance sticker so we could come and go as we wanted. With the beautiful scenery, numerous activities available right within the park, and the serene setting, we will definitely be visiting Peninsula Park for another family camping excursion.

Another reason we would recommend Door County for a camping trip is the weather. Since it is surrounded by two large bodies of water, the temperature there was extremely mild. Even in the middle of August we never had temps above 90, in fact most days barely reached 80, and at night it cooled down to about 50. We were able to sit outside all day and night and even needed to have a campfire on …

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With Winter Arizona's Willow Beach Offers Mild Weather Outdoor Recreation

With Winter Arizona’s Willow Beach Offers Mild Weather Outdoor Recreation

With year round good weather, interesting topography, colorful rock formations and much more, Northern Arizona’s Willow Beach, located along the Colorado River, is one of the best locations in Northern Arizona for wildlife watching, shore fishing, boating, and picnicking.

Even in summer the river will often only be 50 degrees and the water’s transparency four-feet or greater, but it is winter when sportsmen can best appreciate Willow Beach. If desert wildflowers interest you, late winter or early spring is the time to take in the floral displays near Willow Beach, where with little or no prodding whatsoever, wildflowers burst forth in riotous swaths of color.

Below Lake Mead, 14-miles south of Hoover Dam, Willow Beach is less crowded then many of the river’s other beaches. With its access to scenic Black Canyon, Willow Beach is a good location to launch boats or rent a boat. By the edge of the deep blue water, there are often boats, green and white, bobbing up and down. Below the canyon the river lessens in its ascent.

The Colorado River, below the dam is usually tranquil and the lofty canyon walls more often than not, protect visitors from the canyon’s sometimes excessive winds, allowing many happy anglers at Willow Beach to have reported catching rainbow trout weighing five-pounds or more.

If you watch closely, sightings of bighorn sheep are not unusual here. At dusk deer venture from thickets of grass and anytime ducks paddling leisurely in the water are a common sight and it is a sure thing you will attract them over to you are if you bring bread crumbs, crackers or popcorn for them to feast upon. A fun activity if you bring children along, too.

Thirty-four million people depend on the Colorado River and the water at Willow Beach is kept at a fairly high level. Water levels in general along the Colorado are low and demand for water is rising. To experience the river is to understand the rivers limits.

If You Visit

Located in Mohave County, about 50 miles from Las Vegas, the turn off is south of the dam and another 3.5 miles off Highway 93. Willow Beach has picnic sites, a convenience store, launch ramp, boat rentals and marine fueling services. Weekdays are a good time to visit, as frequently you will have the place to yourself.

Exploring America’s southwest is a great experience, it is a place with a lot of outdoor recreation possibilities and holds a tremendous amount of western heritage.

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