Our History

Wagon Trail Campground, established in 1971, was founded when the Peterson family took part of their land and built the campground from scratch.  *They have since sold the campground but still own Rowleys Bay Resort, our neighbor down the street from us. 

*Note:  On Tuesday, September 5th, 2023, Rowleys Bay Resort and its attached businesses were affected by a devastating fire. Due to the extent of the damage, Rowleys Bay Resort closed and in the process of being sold.  

The name Wagon Trail comes from the logging roads that ran through the property connecting Rowleys Bay to Ellison Bay in the 1800’s.

Ownership has changed hands, but the vision of the campground has not; a place where people can connect with nature and enjoy quiet nights and secluded sites.  Wagon Trail Campground is dedicated to being environmentally sustainable.  2024 will mark Wagon Trail Campground’s 53rd year as a campground!

For more history on Door County visit:   Door County History

Meet Your Hosts,
Tim & Kathy Guckenberg

Tim and Kathy Guckenberg purchased Wagon Trail Campground in January of 2014. Prior to taking over the campground they were both teachers in the Elcho School District. Tim was a high school science teacher and Kathy an upper elementary teacher.

While teaching, they spent their summer months at Wagon Trail Campground, where Tim ran a charter fishing business and Kathy helped out in the campground office and store. When the previous owners (Cheri Ault and Dick Bartlett) retired, Tim and Kathy left their teaching jobs and bought the campground.

That’s how it all began! Tim and Kathy are both very much involved in the day-to-day operations of the campground as well as active in the local community. Tim is the board chair of Destination Door County (DDC) and is the President of the Door County Campground Owner’s Association (DCCOA). Kathy is the secretary of Door County North (DCN) and secretary of Door County Campground Owner’s Association (DCCOA). They have an 12 year old Brittany Spaniel named Whitney, and a 17 year old Tortoise Shell cat named Rana.


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