Sister Islands comprises two small, rocky islands approximately 1 1/2 miles off the Door County coast in the Green Bay waters of Lake Michigan. A rudimentary kayak launch is found at the terminus of Waters End Road, just east of STH 42 north of Sister Bay.
My brother and I rented kayaks from an outfitter in Sister Bay and strapped them atop foam pads on his little sedan for the short trip to the put-in spot. There is no pier or even a sidewalk here; it is a rather rocky, uneven entry into the water, but one of the few in the immediate area and the one that cut the most distance off the trip to the islands. The trip was a somewhat taxing one, with even the smallest waves providing great resistance. We were fortunate to be in longer sea kayaks with rudders to provide more stability and easier steering. Arriving at the islands, we took refuge from the wind on the eastern side, and were able to walk in the ankle-deep water surrounding the islands. Gulls and common mergansers were the most abundant species observed on this day with great flocks of gulls taking periodic flight. We did not venture too close so as to not disturb the birds and yet, this visit was a very rewarding one: completing one’s first true kayak trip to a difficult to reach site (and finishing up with lunch at Al Johnson’s) is a satisfying day all around.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Sister Islands can be viewed here.
Just under 400 more blog posts to go! Well, actually a few more than that remain; counting SNA’s delisted since I started and a few SNA’s to be designated, the current total is 689, though hopefully, that will increase!
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|Natural Communities / Geology||Island|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|