Sunrises and Sunsets
In Door County

Door County Sunrises & Sunsets

Door County offers some of the best ways to experience nature’s majestic beauty. Sunrises and sunsets are no different. With just a dozen miles between the waters of Green Bay and the open expanse of Lake Michigan, it’s easy to see both the rising and setting of the sun over blue waters in the same day, squeezing a Door County day of activities in between. Here are the best places to do so.




Dubbed the “quiet side” by locals, the coast of Lake Michigan is where you’ll find the sun rising on quiet mornings.

Lake Side Sunrise


Newport State Park

Head to the state’s only designated wilderness state park and watch the morning sun wipe the stars away from the park’s distinguished Newport night sky. Stand on the beach of Newport Bay or hike along the the 30 miles of trails to catch the sun along 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

Cave Point Sunrise

Cave Point County Park

Pristine waters help the morning sun bounce off the Niagara Escarpment at this county park next to Whitefish Dunes. Getting there early will reward you with a view of calm waters at what is typically a place to watch the churning Lake Michigan crash among the dolomite rock.

The Quiet Side Sunrise

Robert La Salle County Park

One of the lesser known county parks on the peninsula, La Salle Park is divided by the early rising of the Niagara Escarpment. Watch the sun come up standing on the shore or from above the treeline.

From the Water

The best way to see the sun come up over the water is from the waters of Lake Michigan itself. To get out on the water early, contact a boat rental or, for a bit more adventure to wake up in the morning, head out on one of the many fishing charters.


After rising with the sun and loading your daylight hours with everything Door County has to offer, you will head over the the waters of Green Bay to catch spectacular sunsets.

Sister Bay Sunset

Sister Bay Waterfront Park

This newly built waterfront park and performance pavilion is sure to keep your fun day in Sister Bay going. Enjoy frequent live music performances at sunset and walk to nearby restaurants and bars when the sun goes down.

Fish Creek Sunset Park Sunset

Fish Creek Sunset Park

Gather with visitors and locals alike at Fish Creek’s favorite sunset spot on the bay, where you may find some relaxing live music popping up. Afterward, continue your stroll through the downtown district, known for it’s evening shopping hours.

Ephraim Sunset


Almost anywhere in Ephraim is perfect for watching the sunset, but nothing quite beats a cold ice cream on a hot summer day from Wilson’s before walking along the waterfront path watching the sun set over Peninsula State Park.

On the Water

Many charter companies offer sunset cruises, complete with music and drinks, leaving from many of the community harbors.


  Sunrise Sunset
January 7:10-7:27am 4:19-4:56pm
February 6:28-7:09am 4:57-5:36pm
March 6:26-6:31am  5:38-7:17pm 
April 5:40-6:29am  7:18-7:54pm 
May 5:07-5:38am  7:55-8:28pm 
June 5:06-5:07am  8:29-8:39pm 
July 5:08-5:35am  8:16-8:39pm 
August 5:36-6:11am  7:27-8:15pm 
September 5:36-6:11am  6:31-7:25pm
October 6:48-7:27am  5:39-6:29pm 
November 7:06-7:28am  4:10-5:37pm 
December 7:07-7:27am  4:10-4:19pm 

last updated: January 1, 2016