Sturgeon Bay, WI
Lat: 44°49.98 Long: 087°22.888
Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin sits in a very unique location. It sits at the head of Sturgeon Bay, between Green Bay on the west and Lake Michigan to the east. A canal links Sturgeon Bay to Lake Michigan and this waterway bisects the beautiful Door County peninsula.
Long the home to aboriginal peoples, the area's first European visitor was the famed French explorer and Jesuit missionary Father Jacques Marquette in October 1674. French, British and American fur traders frequented this region throughout the late 1600's and the 1700's. A trading post was established in the 1820's. Settlers began to arrive in the 1850's and a lumbering industry grew in this virgin forest wilderness.
The village grew slowly but steadily. In 1870, a canal was proposed to link Sturgeon Bay with Lake Michigan. Shipbuilding became and remains to this day a major part of the local economy. The region attracts sailors from all over Lake Michigan because of the outstanding beauty of Door County and the ease of access between Green Bay and Lake Michigan.
From the EAST
The approach from the east is clear and well-marked. Approximately 1.2 nm SE of the Sturgeon Bay Canal entrance is a Fl RED light ("R2"). From that light, a course of 132°T will bring you to the canal entrance. The north pierhead of the canal entrance is marked with a Fl RED light with horn. It is visible 7.4 nm offshore. The south pierhead is marked with a Fl GREEN light visible 6.6 nm. Inside the breakwaters, on the north shore of the canal, is the Sturgeon Bay Canal Light. It is Fl RED and visible for 12 nm.
Once clear of the western entrance to the canal, there is a well-marked channel. Following the channel, you will pass three bridges before reaching Stone Harbor Marina, the municipal marina.
Bridge Opening Schedule (East to West)
Bayview Bridge: Opens on signal [1 long blast, 1 short blast]
Maple-Oregon Bridge: Opens every 30 minutes on the 1/4 and 3/4 hourly marks
Michigan St. Bridge: Opens every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour
The distance between the Maple-Oregon Bridge and the Michigan St. Bridge is only about 200 yds/182 m. This leaves very little manoeuvring room if there are a lot of boats waiting to pass through. Exercise caution here.
The Bayview Bridge will be locked in the down position between March and July, 2016 due to bridge/roadway contruction. maximum clearance is 45 ft/13.7 m. If you cannot clear the bridge, you will have to take the round-about route into and our of Green Bay via the Portes Des Mortes Passage.
From the WEST
The approaches into Sturgeon Bay from Green Bay are clear and straightforward. Note Sherwood Point Shoal, east of the entrance to Sturgeon Bay. It is marked with a Fl GREEN light ("G7"). In the mouth of the bay, you will also see a fairway buoy (Red/White) with a bell. The light flashes Mo A (Morse Code A: 1 short, 1 long).
The entire passage between Lake Michigan and Green Bay is considered as a complete course from the east to the west. Therefore, RED lateral buoys are on the north side and GREEN lateral buoys are on the south side. Entering the passage from the west, the starboard hand buoys will be Green.
Follow the dredged channel into downtown Sturgeon Bay. On the way up the channel, note Dunlop Shoal. It is marked at its western end with a Fl GREEN light ("G21"), visible for 6.5 nm.
MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES
Note: The marinas are listed in order from the east to the west.
Snug Harbor Marina (920) 743-2337 VHF 16
Snug Harbor Marina lies on the north shore, just west of the first bridge - the Bay View Bridge. They have about a half dozen slips for transient sailors. There is also wall mooring available as well. There is no fuel dock or pumpout station. Water and power are available. There is a hook-up for cable TV.
Quarterdeck Marina (920) 743-8200 VHF 9
Quarterdeck Marina lies on the south shore. There are 250 slips with some 2 dozen available for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. This is a full-service marina, capable of carrying out engine, mechanical, electrical and fibreglass repairs. Water and power are available at slips. There are also hook-ups for cable TV. There are restrooms and showers and also laundry facilities. Other amenities include a pool, spa and ship's store.
The Yacht Harbor (920) 743-6511 VHF 9
The Yacht Harbor is located on the south shore. They have 60 slips with a number available for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available dockside. There are restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Other amenities include BBQ grills, picnic areas, bike rentals, WIFI internet access and a lounge area.
Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club (920) 743-6934
SBYC does not have slips but it does have a 300 ft/91 m seawall where transient sailors can tie up. There is no fuel dock or pumpout station. Water and power are available. There are restroom and shower facilities at the clubhouse. Visiting sailors can also use the clubhouse and the pub facilities.
CenterPoint Marina (920) 746-1912
CenterPoint Marina is located on the north shore, east of the 2nd or Maple-Oregon Bridge. They have 150 slips with about 3 dozen available for transient sailors. There is no fuel dock but there is a pumpout station. This is a full-service marina able to carry out repais and maintenance to engine, mechanical and electrical systems as well as fibreglass and prop repairs. Water and power are available at dockside. There are restrooms, showers and laundry facilites. Other amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center and clubhouse.
Stone Harbor Marina (920) 743-6526 VHF 9, 16
Stone Harbor Marina is the municipal marina. It lies on the north shore, immediately west of the 3rd or Michigan Street Bridge. They have 21 slips with a number available for visiting sailors. There is no fuel dock or pumpout station. There is power available. There are restrooms and shower facilities. They are part of the Sturgeon Bay Resort and transient sailors have use of the swimming pools, exercise rooms and sauna. There is internet access.
There is a charted anchorage that lies on either side of the 1st or Bay View Bridge.
REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's
Quarterdeck Marina (See above)
CenterPoint Marina (See above)
Econo Foods grocery store is open 24 hours/day. It is located on the north side of the harbor, about 1.6 mi/2.5 km from the municipal marina.
Bay Lake Bank is located on the north side of the harbor, about .25 mi/.5 km from the municipal marina. It has both counter and ATM service.
Door County Memorial Hospital (920) 743-5566 is located on the north side of the harbor, about 1.6 mi/2.5 km from the municipal marina
Bay Hometown Pharmacy (920) 7434110 is located on the north side of the harbor, about .5 mi/1 km from the municipal marina.
PLACES TO EAT
North side of harbor
There are lots of options for restaurants and pubs on this side of the harbor. They are all within 4-5 blocks of the marinas downtown. Stone Harbor Restaurant and Pub is located right at the municipal marina. Nearby is Kimz Gallery Cafe. Trattoria Del Santo specializes in northern Italian cuisine. The RED Room is a comfortable pub that is popular locally.
South side of harbor
There are a number of options on the south side of the harbor that are close to the marinas. Kitty O'Reilly's Irish Pub is a causual restaurant/pub. Glas Coffeehouse is a great place to start your day. The Bluefront Cafe is a popular restaurant/pub. For a Mexican theme, try Hot Tamales.
THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT
Sturgeon Bay WI is a magnet for sailors, attracting cruisers from all over Green Bay and as far south as Chicago. As the county seat of Door County, many county-wide events are held here. Throughout the summer, Sturgeon Bay presents the Harmony By The Bay concert series each Wednesday evening. Late June sees the Jefferson Street Jubilee - a fun-filled, downtown street party. A Sturgeon Bay tradition every July is Sail Through The Avenues - a huge downtown street sale. In August, the Maritime on Madison celebrates Sturgeon Bay's maritime heritage. A must-visit stop is the Door County Maritime Museum which showcases the region's rich maritime heritage.
This Sturgeon Bay information site will give you ideas of more things to do and see while visiting the area.
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