• Memorial Day Weekend: Busy on the Water

    Spring is here and summer is near, but it’s still winter in the water. That’s one of the safety-related messages that the Wisconsin DNR and U.S. Coast Guard has for boaters and other recreationists as we head into a busy holiday weekend. Water has gradually been warming into the 50s in some shallow bays and […]

  • Final Ship Announced in Tall Ships Event

    Windy is the final tall ship of nine to be announced for the Nicolet Bank Tall Ships event. Sailing from Chicago’s Navy Pier, Windy is a 148-foot, traditional four-masted gaff topsail schooner built with modern materials and integrating modern amenities and safety features. But, like old trading schooners and sail training ships, this traditional sailing […]

  • Amazing 6.5-Pound Average Biggest Ever in Bass Tourney

    A record-setting weight of 32.76 pounds for five fish on the first day of the Sturgeon Bay Bass Tournament propelled a pair of guides to the winner’s circle. Door County guide Bret Alexander of Green Bay and southern Wisconsin guide Eric Haataja of West Allis averaged more than 6.55 pounds per bass, which is thought […]

  • Boaters’ Safety Course at NWTC June 10-13

    Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1989, must have a DNR-issued Boating Safety Certificate to legally operate a motorized boat or personal watercraft on Wisconsin waters. A boaters’ safety course will be simulcast between NWTC locations in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay June 10-13, 1-4 pm, to cover topics including required equipment, navigation rules, use of […]

  • Volunteers Prepare Plum Island for Visitors

    May 11 was the year’s first Plum Island volunteer work day, sponsored by the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. About a dozen people helped to get the island ready for visitors. Fall and winter stormy weather damaged part of its pier, so new stringers had to be […]

  • Colorful Migrants Finally Wing Their Way to Peninsula

    Some of the most beautiful birds in North America are winging their way to and through the Kewaunee/Door County peninsula this week. The first-of-year Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks and ruby-throated hummingbirds are here, and a lucky few bird watchers have seen (or may soon see) orchard orioles, indigo buntings, eastern towhees and scarlet tanagers. If […]

  • Explore Life on the Water in Door County

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) is releasing a series of videos that explore life on the water in Door County. The first in the Door County on the Water series features kayaking around the peninsula. Popular paddling sites featured include Cave Point, Eagle Harbor, Whitefish Dunes, Rieboldt Creek, Kangaroo Lake and more. It also […]

  • Coast Guard to Expand Ice Breaking Operations Monday

    The Coast Guard plans to expand spring ice breaking operations, entering the bay of Green Bay, Monday. During the ensuing days, icebreaking operations will involve fracturing ice and track preparations to the port cities of Escanaba, Marinette-Menominee and Green Bay. Ice breaking and track work will also occur west of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal.  […]

  • Festival of Nature Coming Up at The Ridges

    The Ridges Sanctuary will again offer three days’ worth of programs and field trips – all focusing on different aspects of the Door County environment, and including many new offerings – during its annual Festival of Nature May 23-26. Festival-packet pickup and walk-in registration will be held May 23, 4-7 pm, at the Cook-Albert Fuller Center in […]

  • 2019 Door County Tall Ships Festival

    Some of the most majestic vessels you’ll ever see on the Great Lakes will return to Sturgeon Bay July 29 for the Nicolet Bank Tall Ships Festival. The main festival takes place July 26 – 28 in Green Bay, where attendees can tour ships and join in special excursions on the vessels. Then the ships […]

  • Rotary Club’s Shipyard Tours

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 26th annual Shipyard Tour on May 4: the one day each year when Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and CenterPointe Yacht Services open their doors for public tours of the shipbuilding industry. For the first time, advance tickets will be available. Tours departing Fincantieri and CenterPointe will begin at […]

  • Catch Paperback Edition of Award-Winning ‘People of the Sturgeon’

    Just in time for Wisconsin’s annual sturgeon season (Feb. 9-24), the Wisconsin Historical Society Press has released a new paperback edition of its top-selling, award-winning fishing history, People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish by Ronald Bruch, Kathleen Schmitt Kline and Frederick Binkowski. It features photos by the late Bob Rashid. […]

  • Love Is in the Air Outdoors, Too

    It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, and love is in the air. But in the vast fields and forests of the Kewaunee/Door County peninsula, there’s no need for roses or chocolates. It’s mating season for coyotes, red and gray foxes, wolves, cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hares and raccoons. Coyotes, especially, have been on the move. Increased sightings of […]

  • ‘Great Lakes Chronicle’ Tells the Story of Coastal Wisconsin

    The Wisconsin Historical Society Press helped celebrate last year’s 40th anniversary of the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program with the publication of a book of essays celebrating the state’s coastlines. Called Great Lakes Chronicle:  Essays on Coastal Wisconsin, it includes essays written by a wide variety of contributors – including quite a few Door County residents […]

  • Sporting Groups Seek Small Increases in DNR License Fees

    It’s been 14 years since Wisconsin raised the price of many hunting and fishing licenses, stamps and application fees, and some haven’t been touched since 1997. Despite pleas for small fee increases in recent years from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and other sporting and conservation groups, the legislature instead let the […]

  • What to Watch in 2019: Celebrate Water Summit

    Celebrate Water Door County will conclude its year of celebration with a three-day summit, June 4-6, 2019, at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. Throughout 2018, groups and organizations have celebrated all things water with gallery shows, performances, concerts and more. During the winter, these celebrations will continue through educational presentations and activities organized in […]

  • 2019 Door County Runs and Rides

    We’ve made your planning easy with this guide to getting active with 2019 Door County runs and rides to check out. If you want plan to take on many runs, consider signing up for the Run the Door race series. Door County has become a hotbed for silent sports competition and experiences. Whether you want […]

  • A Half-century of Building Ships at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding

    In October 1975, at the age of 18 and fresh out of high school, Dave Dart started a job at Bay Shipbuilding and had the privilege of working on the first 1,000-foot vessel that the company built in Sturgeon Bay. “My first job was putting together the inner bottoms for the Belle River. You start […]

  • 2018-2019 Sturgeon Bay Winter Fleet Schedule

    The Winter Fleet has already begun arriving for work at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. If you love catching these massive ships as they arrive in Sturgeon Bay, here are the days to look for new arrivals in the next month. Dec. 7, 2018: Burns Harbor Dec. 22, 2018: American Courage Dec. 31, 2018 Joseph L. Block […]

  • Gills Rock Waterfront Meetings Jan. 14

    The Gills Rock Waterfront Access ad hoc committee will host three meetings Jan. 14, 2019 at Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College’s Sister Bay location. Sessions to gather information from the public about what uses they would like to see at the property will start at 10 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm. The committee’s next regular […]