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Eagle Tower opening date set at Peninsula State Park

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Published: May. 18, 2021 at 10:55 AM CDT|Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 10:59 AM CDT
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FISH CREEK, Wis. (WBAY) - The $3.5 million observation tower at Peninsula State Park in Door County opens to the public this week, on Wednesday, May 19.

The Department of Natural Resources announced the opening of the Eagle Tower, replacing the once iconic tower that was taken down in 2016. That tower was closed in 2015 because it was structurally unsafe. The years and weather took a toll on the wood of the tower built in 1932 to replace the original Eagle Tower built in 1914.

This new Eagle Tower is 60 feet high with 100 steps, or visitors can follow an 850-foot canopy walk to the top.

“It’s really exciting to have the only one in the state, in the Midwest really,” said Eric Hyde, Superintendent of Peninsula State Park. “Some of the other towers might have a camera at the top for people to view but you really can’t get the experience through a camera, like you can when you’re actually up here with the wind going through your hair and just the views itself and feeling the sunshine.”

Inclusivity was a priority for Chris Holicek, President of ‘Friends of Peninsula State Park.’

“Putting the ramp on so that we have total accessibility is extremely important to me,” said Holicek. “I’m a former kindergarten teacher and it’s just very, very, you know, near and dear to my heart that everybody can come up here.”

Standing on a bluff, it puts the observation deck 253 feet above the Bay of Green Bay and promises panoramic views of the park, islands and Upper Michigan shoreline.

Access to Eagle Tower is free with a park admission pass.

The observation tower is part of a “major transformation” the DNR announced for Peninsula State Park, including the resurfacing of 400 campsites, new drinking fountains, and new restroom facilities.

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Unwilling to see their park without an observation tower, Friends of Peninsula State Park raised $750,000 towards the project.

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