• Summer Sailing Lessons Lead to Sailboat Purchase

    by Tim Sweet This summer my wife, Cindi, enrolled us in adult sailing lessons through the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club’s (SBYC) Sail Training Foundation. The three-hour lessons have taken place for eight weeks on Tuesday evenings in the protected waters between the Oregon Street and Bay View bridges.   Our chief instructor, 18-year-old Frankie Pudlo, has […]

  • 5 Washington Island Gems

    The atmosphere on Washington Island in August feels like all the best parts of a black-and-white photograph, complete with sticky hands from melting ice cream, sandy toes, cruising with the windows down, sunburned shoulders and freckles. Full of hidden gems and time-tested favorites, Washington Island is the best place to while away the last, golden […]

  • Food Trucks and Floaties at Anclam Beach

    No shoes, no shirts, no problem! Celebrate the food-truck scene in Baileys Harbor during Food Trucks and Floaties ( on Aug. 17, 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy offerings from local food-truck vendors – Chives’ Harbor Pizza and Harbor Griddle & Grill trucks, the Lumberjack Taco Shack, Wally’s Weenie Wagon and Ohana Hospitality – and […]

  • Newport Wilderness Days Show off Exceptional Park

    On Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, Newport State Park will host Newport Wilderness Days ( an event that started in 1992 as a way for the Newport Wilderness Society – the park’s official friends group – to showcase its beautiful park. Volunteers will lead hikes and programs that cover many areas of interest. Activities on Aug. 31 […]

  • Algoma’s Soar on the Shore Kite and Beach Festival!

    Friends of Crescent Beach and the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce are once again partnering to present the fifth annual, family-friendly Soar on the Shore Kite and Beach Festival ( on Crescent Beach on Aug. 17, 11 am – 4 pm. (All activities are weather-dependent; the rain date is Aug. 18, 11 am – 4 […]

  • Welch’s Return to Fishing One for the Record Books

    Anglers caught the heaviest chinooks since the 1990s in this year’s Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament. There were 13 heavier than 30 pounds that were officially in the money, plus a half-dozen others taken to official scales with no tournament ticket.  A trio of Door County graduates topped the list of winners in a contest that […]

  • Food Trucks & Floaties at Anclam Beach

    Beat the summer heat by heading to Baileys Harbor’s Anclam Beach and Park for Food Trucks & Floaties on Aug. 17, 11 am – 4 pm. Baileys Harbor is celebrating its food-truck scene with Chives’ Harbor Pizza and Harbor Griddle & Grill trucks, the Lumberjack Taco Shack, Wally’s Weenie Wagon and Ohana Hospitality. Also check […]

  • Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival

    Visit the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) in Sturgeon Bay during the 29th annual Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival (, Aug. 10-11. It features historic and beautiful vessels displayed by their owners or builders throughout the museum grounds, along the waterfront and on the lawn. The festival also includes the Sikaflex Boat Building […]

  • Land Trust Meets Pebble Beach Goal, Village Begins Fundraising Effort

    The Door County Land Trust has met its $500,000 fundraising goal to protect Pebble Beach fewer than two weeks after launching the effort. A generous gift from donors Mary and Bob Wiley of Sister Bay put the effort to protect the 17-acre parcel, which includes 600 feet of pristine shoreline, over the top. The land […]

  • Land Trust Announces $50,000 Challenge Gift for Pebble Beach

    A Door County couple has announced a challenge gift to spur donations to protect Pebble Beach in Sister Bay. Meredith and Fraser Hart will match every gift made to the Door County Land Trust’s Pebble Beach fund before Aug. 15, up to $50,000.  The Harts said they spent many summer days at the shoreline and […]

  • PHOTOS: 2019 Tall Ships Festival

    Nicolet Bank Tall Ships Festival took place Monday and Tuesday this week, in both Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. The ships sailed into the bay from Green Bay, a majestic sight to behold, before docking for the night Monday and sailing into Lake Michigan waters Tuesday. Photographer Len Villano and videographer Sam Kersebet hitched a ride […]

  • Land Trust Launches Campaign to Preserve Pebble Beach

    The Door County Land Trust and Village of Sister Bay announced a partnership to protect 600 feet of shoreline and 17 acres of land as a publicly accessible recreation and natural area. The Door County Land Trust will assist with the purchase of the property through a fundraising effort and protection of the property with […]

  • Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands’ Annual Meeting and Picnic

    About 80 Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands members, U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff, kayakers and boaters showed up on Plum Island on July 13 for the organization’s annual meeting and picnic. Chris Voight donated the use of his boat, the Yankee Clipper, to transport most of the people to the event.

  • Get Acquainted with Plum Island on Aug. 17

    Take the family for a picnic on Plum Island on Aug. 17, when the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands will offer guided, interpretive tours of the island’s natural habitat and historic maritime structures.  Visitors can hike the trails, climb the rear range light, kayak around the island […]

  • Tall Ships Festival Schedule of Events

    STURGEON BAY Monday, July 29 3-4 pm: Ships will muster near Sherwood Point and George K. Pinney County Park 3 pm, Graham Park: One Barrel Brewing will serve brats, hot dogs and refreshments, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit PATH of Door County; the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will serve wine and beer; and the Scat’s […]

  • Green Bay Offers Anglers a Smorgasbord of Species

    Green Bay anglers are finding a smorgasbord of fish species willing to take the bait. Yellow perch action is heating up right along with the weather this month, and there’s been a wide variety of sizes available. Many anglers are keeping fish seven to 11 inches, with an occasional jumbo that’s a foot long or […]

  • 2019 Tall Ships Festival, Schedule of Events

    Nicolet Bank Tall Ships Festival, July 29 – 30 STURGEON BAY Monday, July 29  3-4 pm: Ships will muster near Sherwood Point and George K. Pinney County Park 3 pm at Graham Park: One Barrel Brewing will serve brats, hot dogs and refreshments. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit PATH of Door County.Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Wine and Beer […]

  • Committee Presents New Vision for Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council got its first look at a new vision for the West Waterfront Tuesday night when the Ad Hoc West Waterfront Planning Committee presented a new proposal for the centerpiece property that has been stuck in neutral for nearly a decade.  Committee member Erich Pfeifer said the goal of the plan […]

  • Maritime Week in Sturgeon Bay Begins Aug. 3

    The City of Sturgeon Bay will again honor its rich maritime heritage and the area’s past and present Coast Guard personnel through Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week events. Sturgeon Bay is one of only 20 communities nationwide – and the first and only in the state – to be designated a Coast Guard City. Sturgeon Bay Maritime […]

  • Kayaking Algoma Celebrates the Wild Side of the Ahnapee

    One of the fastest growing sports in North America is taking off in Algoma, too. Whether you enjoy the solitude on a leisurely paddle or prefer a good conversation and hearty workout with others, kayaking has something for everyone. You can float, photograph and fish the Ahnapee River, experience the clear water and forested shorelines […]