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Gear Up for Silent Sports in Sturgeon Bay, Door County

Sturgeon Bay, Door County welcomes sporting enthusiasts of all ages and fitness levels with a host of outdoor activities all season long. We were named a top outdoor destination by Expedia! From kayaking to paddle boarding, fishing, hiking, biking, golf, and beyond, there’s no shortage of fun, exciting ways to experience and explore the serene beauty unique to the area. Don’t let the long, sunshine-filled days of summer pass you by without embarking on an outdoor adventure in the heart of the peninsula!

Paddle Your Way to Paradise in Sturgeon Bay

Sturgeon Bay, Door County is an ideal location to explore by kayak, canoe, or paddleboard with mile after mile of picturesque shoreline. Enjoy dramatic vistas, sparkling water, and breathtaking sunsets and sunrises. Glide over historic shipwrecks and paddle past iconic landmarks. Surround yourself with the rejuvenating energy of the natural world — there’s nothing quite like it!

No matter what your age or experience level, paddling is a sport you’re sure to enjoy. Best of all, Sturgeon Bay welcomes you with experienced professionals eager to provide you with the knowledge and training you need to excel and stay safe on the water. Bring your own gear, or save yourself the hassle and rent everything you need when you get here! Bay Shore Outfitters and the Door County Adventure Center offer guided tours and classes along with kayak and paddle board rentals. Bring your friends and family or enjoy a little alone time. You’re sure to have a memorable experience either way!

Boat launches are located at Potawatomi State Park as well as Sawyer Park and Sunset Park.

Reel in a Prize-Winning Catch

If there’s one thing we just can’t stay silent about, it’s that Bassmater Magazine recently rated the waters of Sturgeon Bay, Lake Michigan as the top bass fishing location in the United States! Discover what locals and charter fishermen alike have known for years, there’s no place quite like Sturgeon Bay when it comes to freshwater fishing.

While powerboats are fun, fishing from a kayak or canoe is not only more peaceful and environmentally friendly, it’s also the only way to navigate shoreline nooks and crannies with ease. If you’re looking for fishing advice or assistance locating those elusive fishing ‘hot spots,’ Bousley’s Sport Fishing Charter and the Sturgeon Bay Sport Fishing Association of Door County will be happy to help. If you need bait or supplies, Howie’s Tackle & Archery has just what you need along with an up-to-date fishing report! What are you waiting for? Grab your lucky fishing pole and make your way to Sturgeon Bay — a world-class angling adventure awaits!

Hike, Bike or Run Throughout Beautiful Sturgeon Bay

June is the ideal month to delve into silent sports throughout Sturgeon Bay and all across the County. The weather is perfect with comfortable temperatures and sunny skies. There are hiking, biking, and running trails tailored to every fitness level.

Potawatomi State Park offers hiking and biking trails throughout 1,200 acres with stunning scenic overlooks and limestone bluffs along the waterfront. Off-road bike trails require a Trail Pass and traverse eight miles of varying terrain with parking available in Lot 1 near the shoreline picnic areas. Road biking is allowed on any paved park road with no bike pass needed. All vehicles brought into the park do require a Wisconsin State Park Sticker available to purchase from the Park Office along with Trail Passes. Unable to bring your bike? There’s no need to worry, Nor Door Sports and Cyclery has a variety of rental options for cyclists of all ages.

Hiking trails include the .5-mile Ancient Shores Trail, the 2.6-mile Hemlock Trail, the 3.6-mile Tower Trail, and the eastern trail head of the 1,000-mile National Ice Age Trail with 2.8-miles available to hike within the park before the trail exits out of the park onto Shoreline Road.

Whitefish Dunes State Park also provides a number of hiking options with seven trails totaling 14.5-miles located throughout the park ranging from a quarter mile to just over four miles in length. For a unique experience, don’t miss the one-mile candlelight hike along the beachfront at Whitefish Dunes on August 15, 2015 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. A beach grid makes a portion of the trail handicapped accessible. There is no cost for individual admission, but vehicle admission stickers are required and may be purchased from the park office.

If running is your passion, Door County’s first and only trail run is slated to take place June 20 at the Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay, Door County. Running Green for Crossroads offers participants a 2k run/walk, 5k, or 10k trail through the lush, beautiful Crossroads at Big Creek Environmental Learning Preserve. All finishers receive a evergreen tree donated by Evergreen Nursery. All proceeds from the event support the Crossroads Ski-for-Free program.

For a comprehensive guide with information on hiking and biking trails as well as other sports, download the Door County Biking and Silent Sports Map.

Tee Off at a Championship Golf Course

Envision yourself poised at the tee box. Before you, a sprawling expanse of lush, well-manicured fairway unfolds. The birds are chirping, and the sun is shinning bright. It couldn’t get much better than this — life is good!

If there’s no place you’d rather be than out on the green perfecting your golf game, Sturgeon Bay, Door County has just the place! Located just south of downtown Sturgeon Bay, Idlewild Golf Course offers golfing enthusiasts a pristine, 18-hole championship golf course near Potawatomi State Park. Golf lessons are available along with a Pro Shop offering quality equipment and apparel as well as a Bar & Grill ideal for rest and relaxation after hitting the links!

No matter which silent sport you prefer from biking to hiking, golf, and everything in between, Sturgeon Bay, Door County welcomes you to revel in the great outdoors. Book your trip today, and let the countdown to vacation begin!