Category: On the Water

  • Wild Things: Henriksen Wants to See Experimental Lake Trout Fishery

    A study should be the first step, he tells the NRB by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Door County commercial netter Charlie Henriksen told the state’s Natural Resources Board (NRB) on Wednesday in Viroqua that the Lake Michigan Commercial Fishing Board, which he chairs, would like to see an experimental lake trout fishery begin […]

  • Walking on Water

    It looks like a surfboard, paddles like a kayak and is one of the most accessible ways to explore Door County’s waters. At an initial investment of less than $200 on the low end, stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) provide the foundation for one of the more approachable and budget-friendly water sports. The SUP’s wide base makes […]

  • Extension Approved for Tug John Purves

    A tugboat moored for tours by the Door County Maritime Museum will be able to dock there for $1 for another year under a lease agreement approved Tuesday by the Common Council. Council members approved a recommendation by the city’s Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee to extend the lease with the museum through the middle of […]

  • Maritime Ambassadors

    Local harbor hosts stand ready to help Loopers Ben and Jane Stephen of Egg Harbor enjoyed circumnavigating the eastern United States so much that they want to repeat the feat and also enjoy helping others who make the attempt. Not long after their leisurely, 13-month, 6,000-mile journey through the Great Lakes, river system, Gulf of […]

  • Cana Island, Tug John Purves Open for Season

    One of the county’s favorite attractions is now open for the season, along with two more historical maritime destinations.  The Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor is welcoming visitors for the season, as is the Tug John Purves at the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) in Sturgeon Bay, and the Death’s Door Maritime Museum in […]

  • Wild Things: Anglers Targeting Fish Closer to Shore

    Ice-covered harbors, bays and marinas see increased pressure  by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor “It is what it is.”  Those words – and some much more colorful ones not suitable for print – have been uttered and muttered often this winter, one of the most frustrating seasons ever for local ice anglers. “I feel bad for […]

  • 2023 Door County Runs and Rides

    We’ve made your planning easy with this guide to getting active with 2023 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 […]

  • Sister Bay Marina Committee May Turn Off Spigot

    Should water access at the Sister Bay Marina be the exclusive domain of boat owners?  That’s the discussion the village’s Marina Committee had Nov. 16, when it went into closed session to review commercial-vendor contract proposals and emerged to announce that it is considering giving vendors the boot.  “We talked about eliminating commercial rental activity […]

  • ​​Eat, Pray, Sail: One woman’s journey into the open seas

    Born in Milwaukee to a working-class family that never sailed, Gwen Whitney was unlikely to become a sailor. Still, she put her sails to the wind, obtained her captain’s license, bought a fixer-upper in an auction and has spent the last three years refurbishing her vessel, Squall, with the help of sailors throughout Door County. […]

  • CURIOSITIES: Are There Sturgeon in Sturgeon Bay?

    It’s a reasonable question to ask. On one hand, you could easily assume that a bay named for a fish would boast a plentiful supply of said fish. But on the other hand, you might also expect that fish to be plentiful on local menus or the target of a thriving sportfishing industry.  The short […]

  • Wild Things: ATV, Boating Accidents on the Rise

    2021 has been a deadly year on the land and in the water in Wisconsin by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Eighty-five people died in Wisconsin recreational vehicle accidents last year – more than were accidentally shot and killed while hunting during the past 40 seasons combined.  Last year alone, 34 people died in All-Terrain […]

  • Exploring the Shore by Paddleboard

    It looks a little like a surfboard, paddles kind of like a kayak and is one of the most accessible ways to explore Door County’s waters.  At an initial investment of less than $200 on the low end, stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) provide the foundation for one of the more approachable and budget-friendly watersports. The SUP’s […]

  • Sail Training Foundation classes build skills and bonds

    Students of the Sail Training Foundation can expect one thing for sure on the first day of classes: the boat will capsize.  “On the first day,” said instructor Keely Troup, “we’re required to do both a swim test and a capsize test before we can let them out on the water.” Troup has sailed since […]

  • Kayak Concert Takes to the Water in Sturgeon Bay

    Have you ever attended a concert seated inside a kayak or standing atop a paddleboard? If not, you’ll have your chance Saturday, Aug. 27, when the Door County Kayak Concert returns to Sturgeon Bay.  “We’re excited to be bringing back this popular event,” said organizer Adam Peronto of Peninsula Charities.  Rent a watercraft or supply […]

  • Cana Island Lighthouse Reopens

    One of Door County’s most revered destinations will reopen to the public Friday, Aug. 12. The Door County Maritime Museum announced that the Phase 4 restoration work at Cana Island Lighthouse is nearly complete and the lighthouse tower and keeper’s quarters will be back open to the public on Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 am. Cana […]

  • Food Trucks and Floaties at Anclam Park Saturday

    Bring your floaties and your appetites to Anclam Park Saturday, Aug. 13, for the return of Food Trucks and Floaties to Baileys Harbor. Visit Wally’s Weenie Wagon, the Lumberjack Taco Shack, The Dough Shoppe and other local food trucks when they gather at Anclam Park on the south end of town. Enjoy the food, the […]

  • Ani, Maritime Week and more This Weekend in Door County (Aug. 5-7, 2022)

    Ani DiFranco at DCA She has been called the “greatest folk rocker of her generation,” and she’s coming to the Door Community Auditorium stage this Sunday night. For 30 years Ani DiFranco has given voice to our deepest tensions, challenging her listeners with her lyrics, anger, and frustration, and now takes a stage that would […]

  • Learning about the Inland Seas

    There’s no better location than a peninsula on the Great Lakes for a program with a water theme Door County’s eight libraries changed course slightly from the one that other public libraries nationwide are following when local librarians remapped their summer reading program to take advantage of one of the peninsula’s greatest assets. “The national […]

  • Cruise to Plum and Pilot Islands

    The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI) will host two sunset cruises – July 15 and Aug. 19 – aboard the Island Clipper. They’ll leave Gills Rock at 6 pm and go around Plum and Pilot islands to allow participants to see the islands’ historical lighthouses, lifesaving station and fog-signal buildings. The sunset will serve as […]

  • Wild Things: It’s Showtime for Salmon, Steelhead

    by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Peninsula hosts the state’s best action Six months into the 2022 fishing season, it’s finally go-time for anglers hoping to tangle with some of the most prized species in the Great Lakes.  Chinook salmon (kings) and rainbow trout (steelhead) were slow to wake up this year, but with water temperatures finally […]