The 2017 Bay to Lake Lighthouse Cruise


Friday, August 11, 2017

If you are bringing a boat to our festival, it makes sense to get out on the water and enjoy Door County’s excellent boating opportunities.  To make that easy, we host this special pre-event cruise.  There is no extra registration fee.  The only “extra” cost is the price of your lunch mid-cruise.  There is even a complimentary cocktail reception at the end of the day for you to enjoy.  What could be better.

Friday’s “Bay to Lake Lighthouse Cruise” begins at 11am at the Door County Maritime Museum with a guided tour of the museum’s 100-year-old seagoing tug, the John Purves.  Led by one of the museum’s most well-informed docents, you’ll tour the tug from top to bottom and hear about her fascinating history.

Following the tour and a short skippers’ meeting, we will board our boats and leave the festival’s docks to cruise northwest beneath Sturgeon Bay’s signature Steel Bridge, skirting Dunlap Reef and viewing the Great Lakes’ largest shipyard, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding


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After a short 2.5-mile run, we’ll pause off-shore at the edge of Green Bay to view Sherwood Point Lighthouse (a great photo-op) before heading back beneath the bridges, along the working waterfront for a tie-up at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club for lunch from their menu. After eating, we’ll head east a couple of miles beneath Bayview Bridge and enter the historic ship canal, stopping again when we reach glorious Lake Michigan and the distinctive Coast Guard Station and Lighthouses.

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We’ll reverse course out on the big lake and complete our day’s 10-mile journey by returning to the museum’s show site to prepare for the evening’s complimentary cocktail reception.

Last year’s cruise was a hit, and we’ll be out on the water again this year!

Join us.

For the cruise flyer, click here: 2017 Bay to Lake Lighthouse Cruise Description