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Explore Like a Local

Explore Like A Local: Feel the Beach Breeze

What’s better than soaking up the sun while digging your toes in the warm sand of a Door County beach?

Whether you’re taking the family (maybe even Fido!) for some fun in the water, looking for a place to relax, or searching for a perfect place to have a picnic while overlooking the water, Sturgeon Bay has some beautiful and unique beaches waiting for you.

Sunset Park Beach (Bay of Green Bay) 

Not only is it connected to numerous playground equipment sets (perfect for the kids) and a nice gravel walking/running trail, the beach is known for its beautiful views of Potawatomi State Park and hosts an ideal depth of water, making it comfortable for all ages. Sunset Park Beach is just north of Sturgeon Bay’s Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding yards as well, so if you want to see some of our renowned 1000 footers up close and personal, this is a great spot to do just that.

Otumba Park Beach (Bay of Green Bay)

Otumba is an enjoyable, quaint swimming beach along with playground equipment and a picnic pavilion. It also is connected to the public waterfront walkway, excellent for exploring Sturgeon Bay’s Greater West Side businesses.

Whitefish Dunes State Park Beach (Lake Michigan) 

Many visitors tell us that “The Dunes” was the highlight of their Sturgeon Bay experience. This Lake Michigan beach is covered with soft sand and warm water (depending on the wind, of course)! A State Park sticker is required, but is available at the Park’s entryway. Just to the north is Cave Point County Park, and while there’s no beach here, the cliffs and caves make for a nice hike and incredible photos when you’re ready to leave your beach blanket.

Portage Park by the Sturgeon Bay Canal 

Close to the scenic Coast Guard Canal Station and Lighthouse, this beach is serene and off the beaten path (until now, of course). This is a perfect destination if you’re looking to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the Canal traffic and its history. The 7-mile Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal was dug starting in 1871 to connect Lake Michigan and Green Bay, meaning that ships no longer had to go around the Door Peninsula and the dreaded “Death’s Door” in order to reach Green Bay ports.