Located approximately seven miles from the shores of Door County, Chambers Island is a peaceful and historic retreat perfect for quiet exploration. If you’re looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of more touristy areas, then you won’t want to leave this quaint island off your itinerary. Here is everything you need to know about visiting Chambers Island and some of the most fun things to do while you’re there.
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Chambers Island History
Chambers Island boasts a rich history that can be traced back to the early 1800’s. It was named after Talbot Chambers, a colonel who was sent to Green Bay with his crew to establish a military post in 1816. They were the first to sail these waters and discovered two islands, Washington Island and Chambers Island. They named the first after the father of our country and the second after the leader of their expedition.
In July of 1866, Congress provided the funds for an island lighthouse to help guide mariners through Green Bay. Just two years later, the Chambers Island Light lit across the waters for the first time. Today, the original lighthouse is a historic landmark and museum and is looked after by lightkeepers Mary Ann and Joel Blahnik.
3 Things to Do at Chambers Island
Chambers Island has been a fairly primitive residential community for many years. In fact, running water and a sewer system was only recently added within the past 20 years! Since the Islanders are very in tuned with nature, they ask visitors to respect their community and other residents. Should you decide to visit, the island can only be reached by a 45-minute boat ride. There are several Door County charters that provide rides to and from the island, including Shoreline Charters and Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours. Upon arrival, you’ll find several ways to spend your day on Chambers Island. Here are some of the most popular activities that you won’t want to miss.
1. Explore Chambers Island Lighthouse
The Chambers Island Light is open for tours during the summer when the lightkeepers are present. Although you won’t be able to enter the tower, the grounds are open for you to admire the magnificent lighthouse from a distance. You can also easily view the Chambers Island Light during the annual Door County Lighthouse Festival!
There are two main roads on Chambers Island as well as several trails that traverse through the uninterrupted wilderness. Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll through the neighborhoods or spend some time on the beach, there are several fascinating destinations to see on this 3,200-acre island. Lace on your walking shoes and get ready for a full day of exploration!
Chambers Island could very well be one of the top places for a romantic picnic in Door County! Since there are no general stores on the island, be sure you pack a basket of sandwiches and drinks before you ride over. Once you arrive, you can enjoy a lovely summer picnic right on the beach or beside the lakes. During your meal, you’ll be surrounded by the peaceful Chambers Island environment and experience very little to no interruptions!
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