Summit Tours: Dunes Lake and Hatch Distillery

Learn more about these two tour locations and what to expect during the tour.

Dunes Lake:

In 2016, grant funding was secured to conduct a hydraulic dredging project. The hope was to stop the aging process that was turning the lake into a marsh.

“Basically, the lake was succeeding to a marsh must faster than it should,” Greg Coulthurst said. “If you look at the inner lake, which is surrounded by cattails now, you can see how it is really being impacted by phosphorus loading. It’s becoming a muck wetlands. Cattails are encroaching several feet ever year. We know the high nutrients coming through there are impacting the system.” – Peninsula Pulse, 2016

You can read more on the project at the Peninsula Pulse>>

Read the Soil & Water Conservation Department’s report, Dunes Lake – A Forgotten Paradise, written by Mike Grimm and Greg Colthurst.

What to expect during this kayak tour:

Kayak Dunes Lake while enjoying an oral presentation on the lake, a unique shallow water marl substrate coastal wetland system. Learn about the restoration project, which addresses the Dunes Lake changing from an alkaline fen-type lake to eutrophic marsh lake.

Hatch Distillery:

The idea for Hatch had been stewing in the mind of owner Chris Roedl since 2005, when he brought up the idea to his father.

“I handed my dad a book on significant whiskey makers in the United States,” he said. “At that time, there was barely enough to fill a book. That kind of sparked the dream for him and I. It’s been in the back of our heads since 2005. It sure did take some convincing, but it started when I plopped that book down on his desk in ’05.” – Peninsula Pulse, 2017

Read more about Roedl and Hatch Distillery at the Peninsula Pulse>>

Here is what to expect during the tour of Hatch:

Enjoy a tour of Hatch Distilling Co. located in Egg Harbor. Hatch specializes in spirits from local honey and organic grains, including apple brandy, a custom blend of Door County Honeycrisp and Heirloom Apple varieties mixed with local honey. Fermented – Distilled – Barrel Aged. Learn how healthy water plays a role in the creation of spirits.

All tours are $20, which includes transportation.

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