Rowleys Bay:
Ecological Wonder on
Door County’s Northern Lakeside

Explore Stunning Natural Beauty in Rowleys Bay

Rowleys Bay sits on the edge of the Mink River Estuary, one of Wisconsin’s most diverse and important wildlife habitats. This makes Rowleys Bay a phenomenal location for hiking, kayaking, fishing, and birding, which may be why Fodor’s named it one of the “500 places to see before they disappear” in 2009.

You’ll find miles of trails, few distractions, and no crowds in this northern lakeside hamlet named for Peter Rowley who settled here in 1835, nearly 150 years after French missionaries first visited in the late 1600s. Learn more at



Things to Do in Rowleys Bay

Rowleys Bay is an ideal place to base your ecological adventure. Take a kayak or canoe up the Mink River and watch for birds, rare plants, and other wildlife. Hike miles of trails, find a perch to write or read in absolute solitude, or join the crowds for an authentic Door County fish boil.

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A paddle down the Mink River, a sunrise from the shore, and an array of birds and wildlife are waiting for your lens in Rowleys Bay. Snap a picture of your Rowleys Bay experience and submit your pictures for a chance to be published.

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66 °F

Some clouds and possibly an isolated thunderstorm this afternoon. High 74F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

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