Lat: 43° 44.923 Long: 087° 41.611
Before the first European settlers ventured into this area, the Pottawatomie indians had a village at this site they called "passage between the lakes" or 'sheboygan' in their language. Jean Nicolette was the first European through here, about 1635. But, it wasn't until 1818 that a fur trading post was established. From this trading post, a community slowly grew until by the mid-19th century, Sheboygan WI was incorporated - first as a village and then as a city. Next came the railroad and then a harbor was constructed for the large commercial schooners.
Today, Sheboygan is a vibrant city with a solid economy and an extensive range of festivals and activities to enjoy. Sheboygan is a major international destination for competitive sailing and for powerboat training. It is home to one of the four US Sailing Centers and the only one on the Great Lakes. And finally, one cannot mention Sheboygan without also mentioning its famous food - the bratwurst!
With one exception, the approaches to Sheboygan WI are clear from all directions. That exception is Sheboygan Reef. It lies .6nm NE of the harbor entrance and is marked with an unlighted RED buoy.
The easiest landmarks for the harbor are the tall stacks of the Alliant Energy Edgewater plant, immediately south of the harbor. The harbor itself is formed by two very large breakwaters. The end of the northern breakwater is marked with a Fl WHITE light and horn, visible about 8.7 nm offshore. The south pierhead is marked with a Fl GREEN light visible about 5.5 nm offshore.
Once you clear the entrance, you are in the outer harbor. Ahead on your port bow, on a course of approximately 267°T will be the entrance to the inner harbor. It is marked with a F RED light. The entrance to the basin housing the very large Harbor Center Marina and the Sheboygan Yacht Club will be dead ahead. The entrance is marked with a Fl RED light and lies on a north/south line.
If you decide to enter the river, note that the river is dredged to 5 feet, decreasing to 4 feet. Just around the first bend, on your starboard, will be The Wharf. The South Pier District Boat Docks is located directly across the river.
MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES
Harbor Center Marina (920) 458-6265 VHF 9
Harbor Center Marina is the main marina in Sheboygan WI. It has 281 slips, about 3 dozen of which are set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. This is a full-service marina able to carry out repairs and maintence on engines, electrical and mechanical systems and fibreglass repairs. There is water and power at the slips. Restrooms, showers and laundry facilities are available. There is a recreation building with a lounge for sailors. Other amenities include tennis courts, a swimming pool, whirlpool, picnic and beach areas and BBQ grills. There is a ship's store and internet access is available.
Sheboygan Yacht Club (920) 458-6601 VHF 9, 16
SYC has 58 slips and several are usually available for transient sailors. There is no fuel dock or pumpout station. There is water and power available at slips. The clubhouse has restrooms and showers. There is also a bar and a very lovely dining room overlooking the lake.
South Pier District Boat Docks (920) 459-3377
The South Pier District Boat Docks is located on the south side of the river, just before the second bend and the bascule bridge. It is a mixed use development of shops and businesses. There are several transient slips available. There is no fuel dock or pumpout station. There are water and power hookups and restrooms. There are picnic tables along the riverfront.
The Wharf (920) 458-4406
The Wharf is on the north side of the river, directly across from the South Pier Docks. It is a tackle shop and chartering business with 70+ slips, a dozen or so set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (gasoline only) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available at the slips. Restrooms are also available.
REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's
Harbor Center Marina (See above)
Save-A-Lot grocery store is the closest to the marine but you will need transportation. It and several other supermarkets can meet all your reprovisioning needs.
Wells Fargo Bank is about 5 blocks from the marina. It has both counter services and ATMs.
Aurora-Sheboygan Health Center (920) 451-5000 is considered one of the top 100 hospitals in the United States. It is located about 1.25 mi/2.25 km from the marina.
Aurora Pharmacy (920) 459-2631 is located about 1 mi/1.6 km from the marina
PLACES TO EAT
Sheboygan Wisconsin has a great selection of restaurants and pubs. If you are looking for a fine dining restaurant, consider these: the outstanding Latitude 43° or Lino's Ristorante or Trafficante Stefano. All are located near the harbor.
For a comfortable, relaxed pub, drop into 8th Street Ale Haus or Al & Al's Stein Haus. The Weather Center Cafe, along the waterfront, is a terrific place to start your day. And there are many more interesting places to explore. Sheboygan WI simply has a lot of good places to eat and relax, all in a relatively compact area.
THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT
There is something going on nearly every weekend in Sheboygan WI. The end of June sees the Greek Fest that takes over Deland Park, right on the waterfront. July begins with Independence Day celebrations and continues on with the Mill Street Festival, Lobster Broil, Mid-Summer Festival of the Arts and the Miesfeld Lakeshore Weekend with its popular Dragon Boat races.
Sheboygan claims its place as the Bratwurst Capital of the world and celebrates this at the beginning of August with Brat Days. Mid-August brings Earthfest and the month ends with the Dairyland Surf Classic - the largest freshwater surfing event in the world.
Sheboygan actively welcomes boaters with its US Sailing Center, one of four US Olympic training centers and has also been designated as a US Powerboat Training Center by US Powerboating.
The Sheboygan WI tourism website will give you lots of ideas on how you can enjoy your visit.
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