Green Bay provides some fertile cruising grounds, or what some people call gunkholing. One could take a month off and tour the bay, or leave the boat there, and drive to it on the weekends to keep exploring all summer long. One of the greatest assists when cruising is to purchase a cruising guide booklet. These will have charts of the harbors, marina amenities, where to find groceries, restaurants, fuel, etc. I highly recommend one for your boat.
The North half of the bay is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (da UP, eh?), the Southern half is Wisconsin (which sounds backwards but its not) included is Door County.
See the companion piece on the Isles of Green Bay.
You’ll want to look at the various festivals available on different weekends in these towns and plan accordingly (if you like crowds, reserve a slip early, if you don’t like crowds, go elsewhere). There are lots of festivals in these towns throughout the summer.
Middle Bluff / Fayette
- Fayette Historic State Park
- This town manufactured charcoal pig iron and shiped it on boats to the steel mills in the Great Lakes with 500 people living in the surrounding area during 1867-1891 to work 24 hours a day keeping the blast furnaces running using local hardwood forests and limestone from the bluffs. Today, it is a bit of a ghost town and managed as Fayette Historic State Park.
- Shipyard Island Marina
- Kap’s Marina 920.847.2640
- Skipper Buds
- Stone Harbor Marina
- Wave Pointe
- CenterPointe Marina
- Sturgeon Bay Marine Center
- Madelyn Marina
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