Staircase Sketch

It started as an idea when we asked,
"Why isn't there a way to get to the shore?"

Porte des Morts Staircase Project
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CAD rendering of the Porte des Morts Staircase. Compliments of Mike Kahr, PE | Death's Door Marine & Baudhuin, Inc.

porte des morts staircase photoshop mock up

February, 2017: Joel Kitchens, 1st District Assemblyman for Door County announces grant from Wisconsin Coastal Management Program to fund Porte des Morts Staircase Project. Learn more on the Joel Kitchens web page.

September, 2016: Liberty Grove has approved funding for Porte des Morts Staircsae Project. Liberty Grove will apply for the 2017 Wisconsin Coastal Management Program grant that will provide additonal funding for the completion of the staircase.


January, 2016: Our application for a grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program has been postponed for another 12 months.


December, 2015: Google Trusted Photographer, John Touscany is offering to create and publish Google Virtual Tours for any Door County business. In return the business pays 100% of the fee directly to the Port des Morts Staircsae Fund at the Door County Community Foundation. If you are a Door County business and want to learn more, contact John Touscany, (920) 246-7800. See all John's Google Virtual Tours here: Touscany Google Virtual Tours

November, 2015: Our application for a grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program has been successfully submitted for consideration.


July, 2015: Our application for a grant from the Wiscnsnin Coastal Management Program was denied. However, we were told it was close to being accepted and have been asked to apply again in 2016. More news to come in Fall, 2015.


September, 2014: The Town Liberty Grove has agreed to apply for a grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program for the Porte des Morts Staircase Project in Door County that when granted in early 2015, will fund 50%, ($25,000) of the construction costs. This grant is a 'lock' if we can raise the other $25,000 by year's end.

Please consider helping us raise money and help us build a stairway to the shore at Porte des Morts Park. Any contribution is appreciated. Please make a check to: Porte des Morts Fund. And send it to: Door County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 802, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235

Or click here and give with a credit card. And in the 'Program' drop down menu select "Porte des Morts Staircase Fund" Thank you for any help that will provide us with another Door County Shore to enjoy!
Let's build a staircase to the shore!