Kayaking to the Devil's Bathtub

Make your way out to Door County -- a visit to Cave Point Park is a must for kayakers and cliff jumpers alike!


Are you headed to Door County this summer? We can't get enough of the beauty of the area and all that there is to do and see in and around Sturgeon Bay, which is why I decided I would go on my very first tandem kayaking tour out on Lake Michigan to see the Devil's Bathtub at Cave Point.

A few weeks ago, I went on a kayaking tour in Wisconsin while I was visiting Door County. Our group checked in for our private tour with Door County Kayak Tours, got a quick safety briefing, suited up, and hopped in the vans to drive down to the dock. Their website says that anyone as young as 6 years old is permitted to join their kayak tours, so this may very well be an ideal activity for an active family that wants to get outdoors and experience Door County from a different perspective. You can find out more information about their pricing, hours, and what other tours they are offering on their website here

We had a relatively fast drive down to the docks from Sturgeon Bay that took no more than 10 minutes, and everyone grabbed a paddle and started pairing off into our tandem kayaks. Their standard tour lasts approximately 2 hours, which was just about the right amount of time for me as a beginner kayaker (my biceps and triceps were a bit sore the next day, so I got a nice workout). 

We had two experienced kayakers and tour guides with us who were able to give us information about the shoreline and the geology of the area, as well as some of the history of Cave Point. My instructor, Colin, guided me and others along the shoreline as we made our way to Cave Point. After hundreds of years of violent waves crashing up against the shoreline, the limestone has dissolved and formed dozens of underwater caverns. Even today, the waves in and around the Devil's Bathtub at Cave Point can reach up to 30 feet. 


While we had some light waves to deal with (nothing remarkably close to 30-foot waves thankfully), once we were all settled into our tandem kayaks we began to make our way out on Lake Michigan towards Cave Point Park and the Devil's Bathtub. 

Between the stunning turquoise waters and the beauty of the greenery above the coves and caves nestled along the shoreline, Cave Point Park and the Devil's Bathtub is a gorgeous spot to visit in Door County. While the caves are not accessible by land, there is a part of a cave that can be seen when standing on one of the cliffs right next to the Devil's Bathtub. 

For many people, this is the best spot in Wisconsin to go cliff jumping. The water can be rough, however, so it's only recommended that excellent swimmers take the plunge down into the Devil's Bathtub. Unfortunately, every year Cave Point claims lives so it's especially important to take caution before you go cliff jumping and dive into the water. 

If you're unsure if the water would be considered safe to cliff jump, it's always best to ask one of the kayaking tour guides for their advice (or maybe you'll end up seeing your tour guide jump in first, which is exactly what one of our kayaking tour guides did--and she said it was freezing cold but such a thrill). I would have absolutely jumped in after our tour guide had I been wearing the right clothing and it was a little bit warmer--being a Phoenician, the 60 degrees day was a bit too nippy for me to jump into the water fully-clothed but I could absolutely see myself jumping in during my next visit to Door County if I plan ahead and wear a swimsuit! 

After a day of kayaking and exploring, be sure to check out some of our favorite restaurants in all of Door County!









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Thank you to the Wisconsin tourism board for helping me get back out to Wisconsin to explore more!

33 comments

  1. What an amazing experience! I have always wanted to try kayaking, but I am a little scared since I can't swim.

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    1. Yes, it was so amazing! It's definitely a good idea to have your basics down for swimming before kayaking for the first time, but they had me in a life vest so I felt extra secure. The particular area we went out too got a bit wavy once we got close to the Devil's bathtub but that was to be expected. Hope you consider kayaking some time--it's really lovely and an easy way to get outdoors and enjoy nature without needing a lot of experience.

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  2. Now that looks relaxing and fun! Love to explore this place. Everything heard of it but it looks like it is an absolute gorgeous trip.

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    1. It was such a gorgeous trip! Would definitely recommend!

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  3. This looks amazing! I pinned it. We used to go to Michigan all of the time, but we haven't been in years. This reminds me that I really want to go back...and bring my kayak! (Rena)

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  4. This would be fun to try out! I've always wanted to kayak. Plus this looks like an amazing area. I'll have to do this one day with my family.

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  5. This sounds like so much fun! I kayaked last summer and would love to do it again. It really builds those arm muscles haha.

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  6. This looks like so much fun! We just recently got new kayaks and are itching to get them in the water! Real soon!

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    1. Oh my gosh how fun!! Hope you can take them out on the water soon!

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  7. What a wonderful kayaking adventure! I'd love to visit the Devil's Bathtub. Thank you so much for putting this awesome destination on my radar!

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  8. I've never heard of devil's bathtub but it looks pretty there. I would kayak for those pics!

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  9. I love Door County. I haven't been to the Devil's Bathtub but I surely want to go now.

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    1. Door County is one of my fave places in Wisconsin!

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  10. I've been kayaking before, really enjoyed it! I can't wait to do it again, so fun!

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  11. This place looks breathtaking! The water is so clear and beautiful. I wish the weather was good enough here so that we could get our kayak out!

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    1. For sure! I wish it wasn't 100+ degrees so we could drive out to the nearest lake and kayak again. I've got an itch to kayak ASAP!

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  12. What a beautiful location to go kayaking! I've never done it, but it seems fairly easy to learn.

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    1. Yes, it is very easy once you get the hang of it!

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  13. It has been so long since I've been kayaking. The Devil's Bathtub looks like such a beautiful travel destination!

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  14. That place looks beautiful! I have never tried kayaking before. Would like to give it a try one day.

    -LYNNDEE

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  15. What a beautiful place to visit! The water looks amazing and it sounds like a great place to go kayaking.

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  16. I am sure your arms would be sore! I really do want to go kayaking. I have done it once and it was fun.

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    1. So fun!! And definitely worth the sore arms!

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  17. Love kayaking! This looks like such a cool place to explore!

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