About Sturgeon BayWhere once a tedious portage was necessary to avoid the 100-mile voyage around the tip of the Door Peninsula, today boats and giant freighters easily ply the ship canal between Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Sturgeon Bay, named for its fine natural harbor, is one of the largest shipbuilding ports on the Great Lakes. This city in Door County also is a popular Wisconsin vacation spot and, befitting its waterfront location, offers a host of recreational activities including boating, fishing and pleasure cruises .
Sturgeon Bay processes the ruby yield of Door County's cherry orchards. Some 2,200 acres of cherry trees produce from 8 to 14 million pounds of fruit annually. The trees bloom in mid-May, carpeting the peninsula in blossoms; harvest occurs from mid-July to early August.
During the annual chinook salmon spawning run each fall, as many as 500 anglers attack the waters daily in Sturgeon Bay Harbor in search of the 20- to 40-pound fish. Abundant winter recreation opportunities are available, including cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
On the shore of Sturgeon Bay, Potawatomi State Parkoffers 9 miles of hiking trails, 8 miles of mountain biking trails and more than 8 miles of groomed ski trails and snowmobile trails. Visitors can take in scenic views of Sawyer Harbor from the park's 75-foot-tall observation tower; phone (920) 746-2890.
Things to Do Door County Historical Museum
WINERIES Door Peninsula Winery
Sturgeon Bay, WI
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