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Find Your Silent Sports Adventure in Sturgeon Bay

Anchor your outdoor experience in Sturgeon Bay, with some of the best silent sports trails, launches and routes in Door County, the Midwest’s new Silent Sports Mecca. We were named a top outdoor destination by Expedia!

Read on for insider tips to find your challenge or your peace: Traverse under the cathedrals of woods on land and adventure along Sturgeon Bay’s numerous biking and hiking trails, or launch your watercraft on the beautiful, and sometimes challenging, waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay.

It's a Silent Sports Summer in Sturgeon Bay

Cars are colorfully topped in Sturgeon Bay this time of year with kayaks and SUPs (stand up paddleboards) strapped to their tops.

Bring your own equipment, or rent from a variety of outdoor adventure businesses located in and nearby Sturgeon Bay. Kayak, stand up paddleboard (SUP), and sailing lessons are offered for beginners or anybody wishing to improve their techniques. Or traverse with the pros and take a tour. Visit our experience page for planning help.

Kayaking

  • Explore paddle-through caves at Cave Point County Park and the cacophony of eerie sounds they make. Paddle with care! Waters can be unexpectedly treacherous on Lake Michigan. Consult an outdoor store for your best options each day.
  • Savor a peaceful sunset on the water by the George K. Pinney County Park (aka Old Stone Quarry park), or launch from Potawatomi State Park and paddle around Sherwood Point and the historic lighthouse.

SUP-ing

  • The waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan will test your balance! Winds and waves vary on each side of the peninsula and in the Sturgeon Bay channel. Paddle with care! Consult an outdoor store for your best options each day.
  • Paddle bridge-to-bridge or in and around the marinas and shipyards. A freighter towering above you provides new perspective!
  • Fine-tune your balance with Paddleboard Yoga! Start your vacation morning floating on a board, water quietly lapping around you, stretching and testing your balance limits.

Bicycling

  • Let the wind whip your hair and our hills challenge your leg strength as you pedal around Sturgeon Bay and area parks.
  • Try out the trails at the two state parks near Sturgeon Bay: Potawatomi State Park, and Whitefish Dunes State Park. Potawatomi includes 11 miles of bike trails with both on- and off-road trails. Whitefish Dunes offers a challengingly-hilly, and sometimes sandy, 1.75 mile biking trail.
  • See and experience historic Sturgeon Bay, our working waterfront, and quaint business districts. Pedal Bridge-to-Bridge; along Bay Shore or Memorial Drives; ride the distance from downtown to the U.S. Coast Guard Canal Station.

Sailing

  • Come sail away to Sturgeon Bay. High water levels this year mean smooth sailing for deeper draft hulls.
  • Sail your own boat into our marinas.
  • See Sturgeon Bay from the water on a sailboat tour.  
  • Already a pro-sailor? Try an alternative vessel, and rent a boat.  

Diving

  • Bring your scuba gear and explore more than 200 shipwrecks secretly scattered in the waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay.
  • On your way to Sturgeon Bay, pick up a copy of the “Door County Shore Dive Guide”, on sale from Green Bay Scuba. It’s the best resource for divers.
  • Check out these spots and details on how to get there: Click here.
  • Bring your dry or cold water suit! These fresh, usually cool waters (surface temp average is 60F in July) have preserved the shipwrecks, giving divers the opportunity to discover history.
  • Entry and exit can be a challenge on slippery and/or steep rocks, especially when you’re loaded with gear.
  • Several wrecks have been listed as National Historic Landmarks - please be gentle for future generations.