• A Stairway to Death’s Door

    A scuba diving club that wanted better access to the shoreline of a Liberty Grove park has made that happen with a stainless steel stairway now providing access up and down the bluff. “It took us us a while, but we made it happen,” said John Touscany of the Neptune’s Dive Club (, adding that […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Celebrates Maritime Week

    The City of Sturgeon Bay once again honors its rich maritime heritage with a diverse collection of entertaining and fun-filled events taking place Aug. 4-12. This week-long celebration includes live music, a golf outing, the USCG Person of the Year and Mariner Awards dinner, the Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival and more. Officially […]

  • Surf’s Up in Door

    With all modesty, I’ve posted many surfing pictures of myself on social media during the last few years. The picture posted from a December surf session in Door County with a tagline simply reading “Lake Michigan, December 6th,” seemed to garner an unusually high number of comments: “You’re crazy,” “Brrr…,” and my favorite, “So cool, […]

  • Video: Lake Michigan Shipwreck Hunters

    Experience Door County through the eyes of locals in this ongoing series of “Our Door County” videos. The Wreck Hunters explores what lies beneath the surface of Door County’s 300 miles of shoreline: hundreds of historic shipwrecks and an underwater museum of maritime archeology and artifacts. Modern day shipwreck hunters have spent decades looking for […]

  • Maritime Museum Honors Door County Fishing

    The Death’s Door Maritime Museum hosts festivities July 4 to celebrate its new name at the Gills Rock location. A special bronze statue will be unveiled to honor northern Door County’s fishing industry and traditions. The afternoon will include free admission to the museum from 2 to 5 pm. Previously known as the Door County […]

  • Kayak Tours at Peninsula State Park

    Peninsula State Park has offered naturalist-led kayak tours since 2004, and this summer is no different. Two-hour tours take place Fridays from 10 am to 12 pm, from June 29 through the end of August. See the peninsula’s incredible bluffs from the water, learn how they formed and learn about area fish, water birds and […]

  • VIDEO: Fireboat Kevin C Kane Relaunched in Baileys Harbor

    The fireboat Kevin C Kane was relaunched at the Baileys Harbor marina Wednesday, June 27. The boat was commissioned in 1993 and named in honor of a probationary firefighter who died in the line of duty in 1991. According to New York Fire Department literature, the Kane will hit 28 knots (approximately 32 mph) and its […]

  • Sister Bay Hosts Paddlefest June 23

    Check out the newest kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUP) at Sister Bay’s Paddlefest at Waterfront Park on Saturday, June 23, 9:30 am – 1 pm. Demonstrations and free use of kayaks and paddleboards will be provided by Bay Shore Outfitters. The beachfront rental site will be open from 1 – 5 pm. Start your day […]

  • This Weekend in Door County: Open Door Pride and Uncork Summer

    As summer starts to heat up in Door County so do its weekend activities. Check out all the fun happening in Door County this weekend. Friday, June 22 New restaurants in Door County Before the summer season starts to pick up, right now is a perfect time to try one of Door County’s new restaurants. […]

  • Algoma Blessing of the Fleet

    Algoma will partake in its first ever Blessing of the Fleet on June 22 at 7 pm. All boaters and land observers from the Bay of Green Bay to the shores of Lake Michigan are invited to attend. The blessing features a special safety proclamation from the Mayor of Algoma and Assembly Citation signed by […]

  • Sister Bay Hosts Paddlefest at Waterfront Park

    Check out the newest kayaks and stand-up paddleboards at Sister Bay’s Paddlefest at Waterfront Park on June 23, 9:30 am – 1 pm. Demonstrations and free use of kayaks and paddleboards are provided by Bay Shore Outfitters. The beachfront rental site is open 1 – 5 pm. Start your day on the water with SUP […]

  • Sail Training Foundation Celebrates 60 Years

    Sail Training Foundation celebrates 60 years of teaching sailing to Sturgeon Bay youth and adults. The Sail Training Foundation started out as a separate nonprofit corporation under the umbrella of the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, to provide affordable sailing classes for everyone in the community. The youngest students start out sailing in eight-foot Optimist Prams. […]

  • Hike to Ida Bay Preserve

    The Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek is closed May 25 and 26 to participate in the Door County Festival of Nature and the Master Gardener Plant Sale. Crossroads is a partnering organization for the Festival and the Master Gardeners hold information presentations at the center. Even though the Collins Learning Center is […]

  • Blessing of the Fleet Celebrates Maritime Industries May 19 & 20

    Blessing of the Fleet pays tribute to both past and present fishing and maritime industries in Baileys Harbor. Festivities begin Saturday, May 19. Bring your personal boat in the morning to receive the Blessing Ceremony at 12 pm. Commercial and charter fishing boats will be docked at the marina until 5 pm and will be […]

  • DCSPS Present America’s Boating Safety Class

    Boating season is quickly approaching and it’s time to think about safety on the water and getting vessels ready for the 2018 season. Safety begins with the America’s Boating Safety Class presented by the Door County Sail and Power Squadron (DCSPS). Those born after 1989 are required to have successfully passed this boating safety certification […]

  • Rotary Club Holds 25th Annual Shipyard Tours May 5

    On May 5, the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 25th Annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours. For one day each year, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and CenterPointe Yacht Services open their doors to the public for tours of the shipbuilding industry. Busses shuttle guests between the three primary locations:  Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, CenterPointe Yacht Services […]

  • New Waters for Old Sailors: Reconstructed Boat to Sail Around the World

    The ancient thought experiment posed by the Ship of Theseus occupies the minds of many college philosophy courses. It asks: If you replace every piece of wood and hardware in a ship over a long period of time so that none of the original material remains, is it still the same ship? Dan McNeil doesn’t […]

  • DCMM Auctions Off New Wood Kayak

    With the completion of this year’s Wooden Boat Raffle, the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) received a new kayak donated by Bill Klug. The Georgian Bay kayak is 16’6″ in length, constructed of cedar strips and fiberglassed both inside and out. It has two storage compartments with hatch covers, and is the perfect sea kayak […]

  • Len Villano’s Pic of the Week: Snowy Creek

    I chose this photo as my pic of the week because of the ethereal quality of the image. The winding creek leads your eye through the image, the reflections add depth, and the cedar trees add anchor points to rest your eye. I like the broken trunk, branches and other objects gathered on the forest […]

  • Bay Ship Announces 2018 Winter Fleet Departures

    Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has released the following tentative schedule of winter fleet departures. The Roger Blough and Cason J. Callaway are scheduled to leave March 23. Two 1,000-footers will depart on March 24, the Stewart J. Cort and Mesabi Miner. The 728-foot Joseph L. Block is also scheduled to leave March 24. The John G. […]