Kayak from Schauer Park to Cave Point County Park

Schauer Park

Kayak past beautiful, rocky shores to end up at small caves in the County Park on this peaceful out-and-back kayaking route along the Lake Michigan shore in Door County, WI. This adventure is best in the summer and can be done any time of the day.

From the intersection of Schauer Road and N. Cave Point Drive in Jacksonport, WI, take Schauer Road towards the lake. You will see a gravel parking area at the entrace to the park and a small boat launch at the shore. Unpack your kayaks, and then park your car at one side of the gravel lot.

Once in the water, head south (to the right) to begin your route to Cave Point County Park. On the way, there are many interesting geological features along the shoreline. The route to Cave Point is slightly over 1 mile. Once you arrive at Cave Point, you will see wave-worn limestone cliffs and small caves – the latter of which you can kayak into as long as the tide isn't too rough.

If you have time, or if you need a break from kayaking, once you reach Cave Point dock your kayaks in the sand to the north of the caves and get out to hike up to the rest of the park. In the grass behind the cliffs, there are picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms. Hike around and enjoy all Cave Point has to offer. It's truly one of the most beautiful spots in WI.

When you are done exploring, hop back in your kayak and reverse the route until you return to Schauer Park. I've taken this route many times, and I prefer it in the morning (with slight hazy fog on the lake) or in the evening at golden hour (to enjoy the colors of sunset).

Pack List

  • Kayak (and paddle)
  • Swim suit
  • Life jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Water-proof camera
  • Sunscreen
Show More
Activities Photography, Kayaking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Swimming Hole


Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Let your Adventure start here!

Current Stock: Description Cave Point is a amazing sightseeing stop for tourist as it is often missed by many because it is a County Park and not a State or National Park. The view here is spectacular, especially on the water. Fisherman, scuba divers, photographers and nature observers have spread knowledge for its underwater caves and wave-worn limestone cliffs. Book now! - adventcent.com

Great adventure!

Poking around on your own is grand; going on a tour is great for families or those without personal kayaks! Most companies will provide transportation to Schauer Launch, will provide all PFDs, kayaks, and guides. I'd personally recommend Door County Kayak Tours. Whether you go on your own or with a tour, this is not an adventure to pass up!

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures

Kayak Cave Point

A great spot to kayak in Door County Wisconsin is cave point county park.  The safest direction to approach cave point is from the north at Schauer Park.   $5 launch fee.

3 Saves

Hike Cave Point County Park

Cave Point County Park is 19 acres and it located adjacent to the much larger Whitefish Dunes State Park in Door County, WI. It has a small parking lot, restrooms, and an out-and-back trail.

329 Saves

Explore Cana Island Lighthouse

You will arrive at a parking lot that is on the mainland. Once parked, you will need to walk across the land bridge to Cana Island where you will come to a small building to pay an admission fee.

166 Saves