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EXPEDITION:
Crossing Death's Door

 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

10:30 a.m. Briefing, behind the Ferry Terminal
11:00 a.m. Launch

 

Death's Door, the Lake Michigan passage between Washington Island and Northport in the northern tip of Door County, Wisconsin, was named "Porte des Morts," the "door of death," by French explorers. The reputation of this water course includes stories of Native American warriors who perished in wind and waves, and many shipwrecks over the years.

nautical chart source: NOAA (Office of Coast Survey)

 

Death's Door 4 mile water course is traveled daily by the Washington Island Ferry Line, carrying passengers between Northport and Washington Island. On Sunday, July 12, 2015, the Washington Island Ferry, and pilot boats will provide escort for a fleet of kayakers paddling across Death's Door.

The Death's Door Paddlefest "Death's Door Expedition" is the experience of a lifetime. Many have waited, not wanting to cross Death's Door alone. July 12, 2015, is your chance to accomplish an expedition-size, open-water crossing in a team of paddlers. Make history for yourself, join a paddling community crossing Death's Door passage.

SPECIAL STOP AT PLUM ISLAND. The Expedition will stop at Plum Island, where Tim Sweet, President of Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands, will give a brief talk on the history of these Islands. There will be a PASSENGER BOAT to take up to 5 non-paddlers from the potato dock to Plum (and back again). Cost per passenger is $25.

Safety is the priority. Weather on the afternoon of the event will dictate launch, wait or "no-go." If it is decided that it is too dangerous for a Death's Door crossing, we will do a Rock Island crossing instead. Paddlers and equipment will be vetted prior to launch.

 

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Expedition                                                                                                   Photo by Bonnie Burnham

 

Expedition                                                                                                    Photo by Bonnie Burnham

 

Expedition                                                                                                  Photo by Bonnie Burnham

 

Expedition                                                                                                     Photo by Bonnie Burnham

 

Expedition                                                                                                   Photo by Bonnie Burnham

 

Expedition                                                                                                  Photo by Bonnie Burnham

 

Expedition                                                                                                    Photo by Bonnie Burnham
Expedition                                                                                                           Photo by Robin Nelson

 

Expedition                                                                                                    Photo by Bonnie Burnham

 

Expedition                                                                                                      Photo by Bonnie Burnham

 

Expedition                                                                                                     Photo by Bonnie Burnham

 

Expedition                                                                                                           Photo by Robin Nelson

 

Expedition                                                                                                                   Photo by Jim Rose

 

Expedition                                                                                                                    Photo by Jim Rose

 

Expedition                                                                                                     Photo by RIchard Purinton

 

 
 

 

 




photo: Tim Sweet

Jurisdiction of Plum and Pilot Islands was transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on October 17, 2007. Plum and Pilot Islands are now part of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge which also includes nearby Hog Island. Pictured in the background is the 1895 former U.S. Life-Saving Service station.

 

photo: Tim Sweet

Ice floes move through the Death's Door Passage on a cold February morning as seen from the Arni J. Richter.

 

photo: Tim Sweet

Through one of the windows in the attic of the Plum Island Boathouse. Washington Island can be seen along the horizon.

 

 

photo: Tim Sweet

The view looking west from the Plum Island Rear Range Light toward Green Bay




 


 
 
       
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