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Cave Point in Winter

In the deep, dark depths of winter, Cave Point transforms from the home of summer-y, postcard-worthy lake views into what may feel like a different planet entirely. The constant waves crashing against the limestone cliffs, combined with the below-freezing temperatures, create massive icicles, extraordinary ice formations, and otherworldly ice sculptures that must be seen to be believed. Visitors marvel at the ice formations and the moody blues and grays of the lake while hiking, snowshoeing, building snowpeople, or searching the endless winter horizon.

Safety PSA: The ground at Cave Point can be very slippery, rocky, and uneven in winter. Visitors should wear proper footwear, observe all safety signage, and stay several feet away from edges and ledges.

Ice-covered trees and cliff at the lakefront

Cave Point’s iconic cliffs and rock formations are part of the Niagara Escarpment, the geographical bedrock of the Door region.

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In winter, hikers equipped with snowshoes or microspikes can trek to the snowy, icy shoreline to take in the views of the frozen lake.

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Cave Point became an official park in 1943, the fifth in the county at the time.

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Even in winter, waves are constantly crashing against the jagged cliff face, creating majestic icicles and unearthly ice formations.

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Whitefish Dunes State Park borders the park on three sides, and the winter-friendly Black Trail connects the two parks.

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Bowl of chicken soup with sliced lemons in it

Rosemary Chicken Soup with Lemon

Warm up after your cold-weather excursion with this herby, flavorful take on classic chicken soup.

Snowshoes on the Trail

Snowshoes crunching on a snowy hiking trail as the lake comes in to view

Couple walking through the woods in the snow near an Ice Age Trail sign

The Wintertime Hiking & Biking Guide

Find everything you need to know about venturing outdoors in Door County this winter.