• Chambers Island Lighthouse

    Spaces Filling Fast for Chambers Island Tour

    One tour is already sold out, but another has space remaining for the Door County Maritime Museum’s first Fall Lighthouse Festival weekend. An abbreviated version of the popular Lighthouse Festival in June, the Door County Maritime Museum is offering a couple of its most popular tours Columbus Day weekend. These fantastic nautical adventures will take […]

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    Paddling in the Shadow of Behemoths

    By Tim Sweet On the morning of Sunday, Sept. 6, my brother- and sister-in-law joined me on a paddle around Sturgeon Bay. We launched our kayaks at Bullhead Point, which is directly across from Bay Shipbuilding. Cruising by the huge vessels in our tiny kayaks really made us feel small. The Mississippi is an oil […]

  • Circumnavigating Northern Door By Kayak

    By Tom Schemberger I have been fortunate to experience Door County in many ways – from the cockpit of boats both power and sail, from the saddle of a bicycle and a Harley, as well as just plain running. To me, the most enjoyable was being comfortably seated in my kayak paddling the shoreline with […]

  • Beer Fest, Bike Ride, Bass Tourney and Cave Tours Make for A Busy Door County Weekend!

    Beer, fishing, bats and bike rides – it’s every outdoors lovers dream weekend in Door County! Here are our top picks for the weekend ahead:

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    Bassmasters, Old Bolts and More at Sturgeon Bay’s Harvest Fest

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center is excited to announce this year’s Harvest Festival and Street Art Auction will be held in partnership with the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Sept. 19. All the fun begins at 9 am on Third Avenue with a variety of art and craft vendors as well as […]

  • Wake From Naval Vessel Damages Dozens of Boats Near Chambers Island

    Sarah Bonovich and her family were enjoying the beautiful Labor Day weekend with a boating trip to Chambers Island Saturday, Sept. 5, when a series of waves created by what is about to become the U.S. Navy’s newest combat ship changed their perfect day into a near-nightmare. “I’m on the beach and a wave comes […]

  • All EYC Members On Deck for Season Clean-up

    All Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) members are requested to help close the EYC beginning at 9 am on Sept. 5. They will be putting away boats and equipment, organizing the house for winter and removing dock equipment. Most projects should be finished before noon. There are jobs for people of all ages, abilities and strengths. The […]

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    Tamara Thomsen Surveys Plum Island Shipwreck

    Wisconsin Historical Society underwater archaeologist Tamara Thomsen was on Plum Island Aug. 22 with a dive team to survey and document the wreck of the Grape Shot, an 1855 schooner that sank in 1867 just off Plum Island’s north shore. Thomsen’s visit aboard the Sea Grant Institute’s research vessel Dawn Treader was arranged in large […]

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    Maritime Museum Offering Chambers Island Tour, Schooner Cruise

    Reacting to the popularity of the Lighthouse Festival each June, the Door County Maritime Museum is offering a couple of its most popular tours Columbus Day weekend. The Chambers Island tour and the Sail Door County Schooner Cruise will be a part of this abbreviated and exciting offering. Two schooner tours out of the Sister […]

  • Casting Colors – The Art of Hooking Fish

    “What those crazy fish see, I don’t know. But it matters.” Todd Haleen is the owner of First Choice Charters in Baileys Harbor and anglers across the county echo his statement. The fishing lure may be the single most important variable between a big haul and driving home with an empty cooler. The science behind […]

  • Fish Creek Rethinking Waterfront Access Areas

    A Waterfront Master Plan is in the works for Fish Creek with the goal of redeveloping public water access areas. The plan will focus on the town docks, boat launches and the public beach with a long-term design to be developed over the next year. Although separate from the planned highway resurfacing slated for the […]

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    Palmer Johnson to Close Sturgeon Bay Facilities

    Palmer Johnson Yachts is closing  its manufacturing operations at their facilities in Sturgeon Bay. The boat builder known throughout the world for its luxury yachts has been a major employer and a point of pride in Sturgeon Bay for generations. The closure is expected to eliminate 100 jobs in the city when it takes effect […]

  • Marinafest, Duathlon and More Plans for Labor Day Weekend in Door County

    It’s nearly Labor Day weekend in Door County and as always, a cause for celebration on the peninsula. Looking for some fun and interesting things to do? We’ve got you covered: Friday, Sept.

  • Coast Guardsmen Honored at Annual Mariner Awards Dinner

    Fourteen iconic figures in the rich maritime history of the Door Peninsula and three local Coast Guardsmen were honored at the annual Mariner Award Dinner held at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club on Aug.

  • Sturgeon Bay is World’s Bass Capital

    “When an 8.45-pound fish wins big bass — and that fish is a smallmouth — heads turn. That’s exactly what happened at a local tournament on this section of Lake Michigan last year. In that very same two-day tournament, it took 67.13 pounds to win (an average of almost 34 pounds per day). If you […]

  • Steve Fischer, Last of a Varnishing Breed of Boat Craftsmen

    Steve Fischer’s business ad reads “Fischer & Daughters Boat Works…Last of a varnishing breed.” But you won’t see Fischer’s daughters, Alex, 24, and Lucy, 19, working alongside him as he sands and varnishes wooden boats for Door County customers. The addition of daughters to his business name was wishful thinking on Fischer’s part. “I pretty […]

  • The Mystery of Le Griffon

    Steve Libert, 60, has been actively searching for Robert de LaSalle’s Le Griffon in Lake Michigan for 30 years, half his life. He spent many years as an intelligence analyst with the Defense Mapping Agency (now the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency), until he retired last year to focus on the search for Le Griffon. LaSalle, […]

  • The Holy Grail of the Great Lakes: Le Griffon

    Many people believe Steve Libert is chasing a pipe dream by trying to place 17th century French explorer Robert de LaSalle’s Le Griffon, the Holy Grail of ships lost on the Great Lakes, in Lake Michigan. “I get a lot of people who are brighter than me that try to tell me I’m wrong, that […]

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    Oh, to Slip the Surly Bonds

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds – And done a hundred things you have not dreamed of – Wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting […]

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    Boating Essentials

    For those who decide to buy or rent a boat, along with the initial expense you will need to spend plenty more money outfitting your vessel. The Bare Essentials Life jackets, flares, etc.:  If you rent a boat this will all be provided. Be sure you have the items you need to show the Coast […]