Kewaunee County Promotions and Recreation Department
E4280 County Road F
Kewaunee, WI 54216
KEWAUNEE COUNTY PROFILEKewaunee County's landscape is generally undulating to gently rolling. The county has a total of 331 square miles, making it the 65th largest out of 72 counties. It lies on a limestone rock layer known as the Niagara escarpment, which drops sharply toward Green Bay while sloping gently across the county to Lake Michigan. Glacial action was responsible for the outstanding topographic feature, a scenic kettle moraine belt that runs through the central part of the county. This belt extends, almost continuously, southward to Walworth County on Wisconsin's southern boundary. Clay loams are the dominant soil types found within the county.
The county is only moderately urbanized. About one-third of the population resides in two urban centers, Algoma and Kewaunee. The village of Luxemburg is rapidly becoming a third urban center in the county. The county population density of 61 persons per square mile in 2000, is well above what would be considered typical of Wisconsin agricultural counties, but less than the state average of 94 persons per square mile. Algoma, the largest city in the county, is about 114 miles north of Milwaukee. The county's close proximity to Door County, Green Bay and the Fox Cities has helped to create a favorable business and recreational environment.
The total population of Kewaunee County in 2000 was 20,187. From 1980 to 1990, the population decreased by 3.4 percent; however, during the period of 1990 to 2000, Kewaunee County increased its population by 6.9 percent. The fastest growing portion of the county was the Village of Luxemburg, which increased by 784 persons, or 68 percent, between 1990 and 2000.
KEWAUNEE COUNTY GENERAL OVERVIEWThe rolling countryside dips into the sandy shores of Lake Michigan as Kewaunee County calls travelers to its' many attractions, natural beauty, and friendly people. Inland, miles of scenic trails wind their way through woods, over bridges, along rivers, creating a picture perfect backdrop for outdoor enthusiast. Thirty four miles of Ahnapee State Trail is a favorite among snowmobilers, birders, hikers and bikers.
Sports minded people will want to charter a boat to fish for trophy coho or chinook salmon, and lake, rainbow, or brown trout. If you prefer fishing form a pier, in a stream, or through the ice, Kewaunee County has a lucky spot waiting for you.
The C.D. Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility operates in the scenic valley of the Kewaunee River. Large trout and salmon making their annual spring and fall spawning run from Lake Michigan are directed up a fish ladder and into collection ponds. Two large viewing windows let you look under the water and observe the primordial urge that ensures the succession of the next generation of fish.
Pick you own or purchase fresh strawberries, cherries and apples from orchards throughout the County and enjoy locally produced wines, fresh cheeses and homemade sausages. Along with all the natural beauty and New England like lakeshore charm, you are invited to participate in the many local festivals that celebrate our County's history and heritage.
- Ahnapee State Trail
- C.D. Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility
- Crescent Beach Boardwalk
- Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery
- Von Stiehl Winery
- Kewaunee Marshland Walk
- www.kewauneeco.org/rec - County Park and Recreation Site
- www.visitkewauneecounty.com - County Tourism Site
- www.algoma.org - Algoma Chamber of Commerce
- www.kewaunee.org - Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce
- www.luxemburgusa/business.com - Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce
- www.kcedc.org - Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation
- www.algomacity.org - City of Algoma
- www.cityofkewaunee.org - City of Kewaunee
- www.luxemburgusa.com - Village of Luxemburg
- www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/kewaunee - Kewaunee County UWEX