Tree canopy design chosen for new Peninsula State Park tower

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

DOOR COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - The public has spoken and the new tower at Peninsula State Park will include a canopy trail access.

The public had three design options to choose from for the structure that will replace Eagle Tower.

They chose Option C, which is a tower with a path through a tree canopy. The top viewing deck elevation will reach up to 60'. It will include a path that connects to Sentinel Trail.

Click here to view the tower design information.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the new tower will cost an estimated $2.1 million. At the time of publication, fundraising was nearly complete. The Eagle Tower Fund Committee has raised $650,000 for the project. An additional $750,000 comes from the state budget.

Action 2 News reported in September on a fundraising auction by the Eagle Tower Fund.

The timeline for breaking ground on the new tower is November 2018.

The DNR says the new tower will provide additional recreation and educational opportunities for users.

Eagle Tower, a popular attraction for wildlife enthusiasts, was closed in 2015 and deconstructed in 2016 after routine inspections found it was no longer safe.

The unusable pieces were re-purposed into benches, mirrors and artwork that were sold during auction.

Click here if you would like to donate to the tower reconstruction fund.

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