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Dive into the Spirit of Silent Sports in Sturgeon Bay, Door County!

Are you a silent sports advocate? Well, you don’t have to be silent about it any longer! Silent sports are sweeping the nation, and Sturgeon Bay, Door County is a mecca for silent sports lovers. Every silent sport under the sun and stars is waiting for you right here in Sturgeon Bay. We were named a top outdoor destination by Expedia!

Sturgeon Bay, Door County is a Paddle Sports Paradise

Sturgeon Bay, Door County is the ideal place to enjoy non-motorized water sports. We have miles and miles of picturesque shoreline. Inspiring sunrises. Jaw-dropping sunsets. And clear, sparkling blue water all around just waiting for your kayak, canoe, or paddleboard to join the fun. Experience the natural world of land, water, and sky up close and personal. And don’t be afraid to get a little wet in the process!

Paddling is a sport for all ages and fitness levels. It’s easy to rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard as well as all the accessories you need to stay safe on the water. If you’re not sure about your abilities, take a lesson with professional instructors before paddling off alone into the sunset. Team up with an experienced outfitter to take a guided tour along our breath-taking shoreline. But no matter how you do it, just do it!! Step away from electronics, mobile devices, engines, noise, stress, worry, and your never-ending “to-do” list. Grab your paddle and go. Companions are optional. Enjoyment is guaranteed.

Lake Michigan’s Sturgeon Bay Voted 2014 #1 Fishing Spot!

We can’t stay silent about this! The waters of Sturgeon Bay, Lake Michigan were voted as America’s best bass fishery in Bassmaster Magazine’s third annual ranking of best U.S. bass fisheries!

Fishing AND kayak enthusiasts know that fishing from a kayak is a great way to get into shoreline nooks and crannies that can’t be reached by a powerboat. With such a large body of water to navigate, many anglers prefer to use local experts for help. Sturgeon Bay has top-notch fishing guides and charter boat companies eager to show you their secret spots. Whether you go it alone or rely on a fishing service, if you’re looking for a world-class angling experience, it’s right here in the waters around Sturgeon Bay, Door County.

Hike, Bike, and Run Around Sturgeon Bay, Door County

June is a great month for silent sports in Sturgeon Bay, Door County. The weather is perfect—not too cold and not too hot—just right! You’ll find great hiking, biking, and running trails for every fitness level. Potawatomi State Park offers a wide range of silent sports activities—hiking and biking the 1,200 acres of rolling terrain and steep limestone cliffs, and fishing from an easy, accessible pier. No bike? Local outfitters in Sturgeon Bay are happy to supply you with rental bikes and all the gear to get you pedaling merrily along. Guided tours make it even easier to enjoy being outdoors!

Door County’s first and only trail run is held June 21 on the grounds of Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay, Door County. Running Green for Crossroads includes a 2k, 5k, or 10k trail run. All finishers receive a potted evergreen tree “as a reminder to live and run in environmentally conscious ways.”

For a link to a great map that has all kinds of information on hiking and biking trails, as well as kayak launching areas, download the Door County Bike Map.

Sturgeon Bay, Door County Offers Championship Golf

For folks who have golf on their “must-do” list of silent sporting activities, you won’t be disappointed! Sturgeon Bay, Door County is home to IdleWild Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course set on breath-taking grounds near Potawatomi State Park. We can’t guarantee that you’ll shoot the best score of your life. But if you do, you don’t have to be silent about it!

Wind, Water, and Wet: Sailing and Windsurfing Sturgeon Bay, Door County Style

Sail power may no longer move cargo across oceans or transport people to begin new lives in strange lands. But it still has the power to lift our spirits and tug at our hearts in a way that no powerboat ever could. Those fortunate enough to own a sailboat and navigate the waters of Sturgeon Bay know that feeling. For those of you visiting Sturgeon Bay, Door County, seize the day and charter a sailboat cruise and experience it for yourself.

Sailing can be quiet and romantic if you are on a sunset cruise, or exhilarating and dramatic if you are in a racing fleet. Windsurfing takes the thrill and exhilaration of wind power to a whole new level. If you’re up for the challenge, rent a windsurfer and you’ll see what we mean. Prepare to fall in the water repeatedly while you learn the trick of staying on the windsurfer. But once you’re up and going, you'll be hooked on the adrenaline rush of skimming madly atop the water propelled by nothing but the wind and the huge grin on your face.

Most silent sports are fitness and aerobic-oriented. But those of us at Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center believe that strolling, meandering, and—yes, even shopping—can be a silent sporting activity.

Silent sports are for everyone. And Sturgeon Bay, Door County is the place to enjoy all your favorite silent sporting passions. So book your trip today!

photo by Mike Brisson