DNR releases design options for Eagle Tower

Eagle Tower
Eagle Tower, an observation tower in Peninsula State Park, is seen here in a 2015 file photo (WBAY photo)

DOOR COUNTY, Wis (WBAY) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has three design options to rebuild the popular Door County tourist destination Eagle Tower.

The tower at Peninsula State Park closed in 2015 and was deconstructed in 2016 after an investigation found it was not structurally safe.

Community members have been raising money ever since to build a new handicap accessible tower that incorporates new construction technologies.

The three design concepts range in cost from $1.6 million to $3.3 million.

The most expensive option includes an elevator and would require new electrical service to be installed from US Highway 42 to power the lift.

The second option presents a four corner post with internal ramp structure.

The third, and least expensive, option would be to build a walkway from the Sentinel Trail.

The DNR is accepting public comments and design ideas.

A public meeting will also be held at the Sturgeon Bay Public Library on Thursday, September 28 from 5-7 p.m., where people can submit their ideas in person.