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One of the common questions the locals get as the fall season comes to a close is: what do you do in winter? While the population in the county does shrink—as the family vacations are over and seasonal businesses closed—those who do stay all year can attest there is still plenty to enjoy with a little planning ahead and a willingness to embrace the winter weather. Watch our #AskDoco video that answers this question and then read on for some fun facts on winter in Door County.
The total length of all the cross country skiing trails in Door County’s five state parks
The amount of snow averaged in 2018
The age of the Cana Island Lighthouse and Baileys Harbor Range Lights. This winter, go hiking or snowshoeing at Cana Island and through The Ridges Sanctuary to see these historic places up close and covered in snow.
The year-round population of Door County. On summer weekends there are 25,000 additional visitors in the county.
The total length of the snowmobile trails in the county, not including the many miles over frozen bays! Watch the Winter Snow Report page to get recent updates on trail conditions.
The length of the annual Egg Harbor New Year’s Day Parade. Entering into its 41st year, there's an open invitation to join the parade. Dress up, bring your pets, decorate an old car, motorcycle, or any piece of heavy construction equipment. You're limited only by ingenuity and practicality.
The number of daily trips to Washington Island made in January by the Washington Island Ferry.
The Washington Island ferry began around 1915, but 1946 was the first year the first winter ferry service was offered by a steel-hulled ferry named the Griffin. Learn more about the history of the Washington Island ferry by clicking here, and see what it’s like to ride the ferry in the winter by watching the video below.
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