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Door County Lakes

Find Tamer, Warmer Waters in Inland Lakes

The waters of Lake Michigan, Green Bay, and the Great Lakes are wonderful—but sometimes, you can’t beat the pace of a day spent on an inland lake. Kayak and swim in shallower, more serene waters, spend a lazy day fishing, or hang a hammock between two trees and simply take in the lake views. Or, if open water is calling your name, take to Lake Michigan or Green Bay for sailing, ferry rides, and high-speed water sports.

Largest Lakes in Door County

Kangaroo Lake
At 1,156 acres, Kangaroo Lake is Door County’s largest inland lake and is located in Baileys Harbor. With a maximum depth of 12 feet, it’s an ideal spot for swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. If you're into fishing, you'll find this lake stocked with Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Walleye.

A causeway was built in the late 1800s and separates the lake into the developed southern portion and the undeveloped northern portion, which consists of extensive wetlands. The entire north end of Kangaroo Lake is ringed by floating sedge mats and surrounded by a lowland forest of white cedar, black ash, tamarack, black spruce, and balsam fir.

Clark Lake
This 865-acre lake is located north of Whitefish Dunes State Park near Jacksonport and is a popular fishing spot for Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, and Trout.

Clark Lake has one public boat launch, at the end of Town Line Road on the west side. It can be accessed from three public parks or natural areas: Logan Creek State Natural Area, Whitefish Dunes State Park, and Whitefish Dunes State Natural Area.

A person silhouetted standing by the lake at sunset

Mid-Sized Lakes in Door County

Lake Mackaysee
This 347-acre lake is located on the northeast side of Chambers Island. The lake has a maximum depth of 27 feet and a mean depth of 6 feet. Most of Chambers Island is privately owned, but there is a public boat launch at the East Dock on the island.

Lake Mackaysee is home to a number of fish, including Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and Northern Pike; it also contains two small islands of its own.

Europe Lake
This 297-acre lake is located near Gills Rock at the northeastern tip of the peninsula. Europe Lake can be accessed from a public boat landing at the end of Europe Lake Road or Newport State Park.

Europe Lake is mainly a lowland marsh. It's the easternmost lake in Wisconsin and a popular fishing spot for Panfish, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Walleye.

Woman in a hammock near the lake with someone paddle boarding in the background

Smaller Lakes in Door County

Lost Lake
The second smallest lake at only 92 acres, Lost Lake is located almost directly between Egg Harbor and Jacksonport, sitting southeast of the Egg Harbor Fun Park. It is part of a watershed with Logan Creek and Clark Lake. Lost Lake is landlocked and currently has no public access points.

Little Lake
The smallest lake in Door County at 65 acres, Little Lake is located within 250 feet of Lake Michigan on the northwest side of Washington Island. The area was once home to a village of Native Americans and has a burial ground. Artifacts as old as 3,000 years have been found in the area.

Little Lake was created thousands of years ago and is currently only 3 feet above Lake Michigan's water level.

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