a rock
with a view

Come for the ferry ride, stay for the sunrises and sunsets

Many visitors travel through Gills Rock to catch the Washington Island ferry across the passageway known as “Death’s Door,” for which Door County is named. But there’s much to see in this community as well, including the Door County Maritime Museum and Newport State Park. Learn about the fascinating history of shipwrecks near Death’s Door, which can be explored by scuba diving in the area’s shallow waters, and capture some gorgeous panoramic photos on the shoreline. Gills Rock was originally called “Hedgehog Harbor,” named after a family of hedgehogs that took up residence in a local fisherman and boat-builder’s sloop during the winter of 1855. The cove was renamed Gills Rock in 1870 in honor of Elias Gill, a prominent local lumberer.  Learn more at


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Discover more about Door County’s maritime history in this storied community at the northernmost tip of the peninsula.

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