By Paul Schmitt
Cave Point may be the most famous cave in Door County, but Sturgeon Bay’s only known cave is right in the downtown area and has an interesting history as well. Gary K. Soule of the Wisconsin Speleological Society says the Dorchester Cave located on near North 7th Avenue and Jefferson Street where the original hospital was located and the current Sturgeon Bay Health Services facility was discovered in 1972 during blasting for the basement of the facility. He says that’s what makes the discovering of caves so unique.
According to Soule, the majority of the estimated 40 caves in Door County are formed or sea caves, like Cave Point. River-formed caves include Horseshoe Bay Cave which was discovered in 1896 and Eagle Cave which is located in the Peninsula State Park bluff in Ephraim. Soule, who has been exploring caves since 1961, says approximately for every one cave that is discovered in the world, another one remains unfounded.
Entrance to Dorchester Cave
Gary Soule at Dorchester Cave
Large walkway in Dorchester Cave
(photos complements of Gary K. Soule)