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Discover the Hidden Gems of Sturgeon Bay, Door County
Sturgeon Bay, Door County is full of hidden gems. Unique shops, delicious restaurants, stately homes, spacious lodging, and fun things to do. The same is true of our outdoor activities. In Sturgeon Bay, Door County, parks and beaches are easy to get to and are wonderful settings for picnics, reunions or just a day at the park. Come explore our beaches and parks and discover the splendor for yourself!
With nearly 187 acres of city owned land, Sturgeon Bay, Door County offers more than 14 parks, nine ball fields, six tennis courts, two boat launching ramps, waterfront walkways, and several beaches. Add in the county and state beaches and parks, and you have an abundance of outdoor opportunities all around town. We don't take our beautiful public places for granted; The community takes great pride in keeping a neat and tidy park system. In Sturgeon Bay, Door County, you don't have to worry about letting the kids run barefoot on the beach, dreading what kind of shape the restrooms are in, or feeling leery of unsafe equipment. Here, you can count on clean conditions and ample recreational freedom.
Looking for some sand and sun? Check out spacious Sunset Park just off of 3rd Avenue, between Florida and Delaware Streets. Sunset Park has something for everyone. With plenty of playground equipment, expansive beachfront, tennis courts, walking paths, a covered pavilion, frisbee golf course, equipment for circuit training, plus a launching ramp, Sunset is the kind of park where you'll want to bring a lunch and stay for the day. Parents love the gradual grade of the water, where everyone from toddlers to teens can find a comfortable depth for swimming.
On the other side of the bay, Otumba Park also has a great swimming beach, playground equipment, a sand volleyball court, tennis courts, a pavilion, and plenty of shade for those seeking a little shelter from the sun's rays. Near the north end of Lansing Street and close to restaurants and lodging, Otumba is connected to the gorgeous public waterfront walkway that extends all the way over to Sawyer Park at the foot of the Oregon-Maple Street bridge.
Sawyer Park is a fisherman's haven, with a six lane launching ramp (two permanent ramps), two fish cleaning stations, restroom facilities with showers, lit paved parking lot, area for transient docking (two hour limit), Dockmaster building, benches, picnic tables, two grills, and two handicap fishing platforms. There is also an enclosed shelter located here that you can reserve for your event. Home base for an annual Bass Fishing Tournament, people from all over the country gather at Sawyer Park for the excitement every May.
While there are many other city parks, Graham Park is another favorite with locals and visitors alike. Located at the northeast end of the Oregon-Maple Street bridge (directly across the bay from Sawyer Park), this area is one of Sturgeon Bay, Door County's newest parks. Informative placards describe historic features, and massive cleats look almost like sculptures near the water's edge, but are actually in place to securely dock large boats.
George Pinney County Park (Quarry Park)
Feel like getting a bit outside of town? George Pinney County Park (formerly "Quarry Park") is 4-1/2 miles north on Bay Shore Drive. A prime place for boat launching, insiders know it is also one of the best spots around for catching every last drop of a stunning sunset. In addition, several Door County Land Trust properties and the Canal Road Overlook areas also offer land that is open to everyone. These are places where you can nearly always count on some solitude along the soothing shoreline.
Potawatomi State Park
We can't forget the meandering paths and shorefront access of Potawatomi Park, Sturgeon Bay, Door County's ever popular state park. A short drive south of town brings you to the main entrance of the park, where hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, and more await. Potawatomi has a 75-foot observation tower rising above the canopy of trees. On a clear day, the panoramic view from the tower reaches 16 miles across Green Bay. Enjoy a quiet stroll where the voices of birds and frogs may be the only ones you hear, or bring the whole family and a basket of beach toys for a day of play in the park.
Whitefish Dunes State Park
Definitely a hidden gem, this quiet state park is dedicated to protecting the fragile dune environment in Wisconsin. Whitefish Dunes State Park is home to the state's highest sand dune, "Old Baldy", which rises 93 feet above lake level. There are boardwalks and six marked hiking trails for your exploring fun, along with a nice beach, picnic area and shelter. Many visitors end up surprised that their visit to this park ends up being the highlight of their trip to Door County. And pets are welcome! You'll also find Cave Point County Park here, another hidden gem that is often missed by visitors. You'll see beautiful limestone cliffs and sea caves carved over time by Lake Michigan.
Even a Dog Park!
If you prefer, enjoy a little commotion during the "dog days" of summer by taking your canine friends to Sturgeon Bay, Door County's bark park. Located near Shiloh Road just outside the city proper, the bark park features two runs, so whether you have a feisty young German Shepherd, or a mellow miniature Schnauzer, you can relax and enjoy the fenced-in fun where there are no strangers, only doggie friends you haven't met yet.
There's lots more to do, too! Outdoor activites abound in Sturgeon Bay, Door County. Come visit us and discover some new hidden gems of your own!