marine safety detachment sturgeon bay

Ninth District

57 North 12th Avenue, Suite 108, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235
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Established in May 1971 as MIDET Sturgeon Bay, this Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Sturgeon Bay is a multi-mission unit responsible for executing the Coast Guard’s Port Safety and Security, Marine Environmental Protection, and Commercial Vessel Safety missions under the Department of Homeland Security. As one of Wisconsin’s busiest ports, Sturgeon Bay is protected by the devoted, professional and well-trained staff assigned to this unit.

Each day, they perform a variety of tasks, ranging from conducting port security patrols, processing vessel arrivals, inspecting U.S. and foreign commercial vessels, and conducting waterfront facility exams for compliance with federal regulations. In an average year, the MSD AOR receives about 150 foreign vessel arrivals, which originate from Europe, South America and Canada.


MSD Sturgeon Bay personnel are responsible for inspection activities in Milwaukee at the southern edge of our AOR to Escanaba, Michigan on the northern edge. This area includes three shipyards. Port Operation activities are monitored from Thompson, Michigan in the north to Kewaunee, Wisconsin in the south. This area includes 23 regulated facilities.


There are 5 officers and 2 enlisted service members currently assigned to USCG Marine Safety Detachment Sturgeon Bay.


Download the Unit Overview sheet to learn more about Marine Safety Detachment Sturgeon Bay.



Directions from the nearest highway:


From I-43, take exit 185 to merge onto WI-54 E / WI-57 N toward Sturgeon Bay/Algoma.

Continue to follow WI-57 N. and then turn left at Michigan Street.

Continue to N 12th Ave. At N 12th Avenue.

Turn right and the MSD will be on the left side.

The nearest large city is Green Bay, WI, which is approximately 45 miles south of Sturgeon Bay. The Green Bay Austin-Straubel airport is located in Green Bay and is about an hour drive from the MSD. Milwaukee and Madison, WI are both approximately 3 hours south.


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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at


Check the US News Health directory online at to find the best doctor for your family.


The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website


Wisconsin State Statutes (118.14(1)(a)) specify that children are eligible for kindergarten based on their age. To be eligible for 4-year old kindergarten, a child must be 4 by September 1 of the school year. To be eligible for 5-year old kindergarten, a child must be 5 by September 1 of the school year. Placement is not based on a child’s ability, but rather will be determined by age. Compulsory school age in Wisconsin is 6 years, so legally, parents do not have to enroll their 5-year old in kindergarten. However, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction encourages parents to send their children to kindergarten when they are age-eligible.


The highly-rated Sturgeon Bay School District is composed of five public schools, for students from pre-kindergarten to high school:


Sturgeon Bay High School (9-12)
T.J. Walker Middle School (6-8)

Sunrise Elementary (3-5)

Sawyer Elementary (1-2)

Sunset Elementary (PK – K)


The Sevastopol Public School District, a National Blue Ribbon School, is located in Sturgeon Bay, serving students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.


Sevastopol High School

Sevastopol Middle School

Sevastopol Elementary School

St. John Bosco Catholic School (private) – Serving PK-8
St. Peters Lutheran School (private) – 3K-8


If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.


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If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.


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Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide


List of Door County Departments


Department of Health and Human Services: 920-746-7155


Humane Society: Door County Campus 920-746-1111


Sheriff’s Department: 920-746-2400


Child Support: 920-746-2231


Family Services:  Door County Parents 920-4213146


Sturgeon Bay Library 920.743.6578

Quarterdeck (920) 743-9448


Government housing is not available at MDS Sturgeon Bay. Service members are encouraged to find housing in the area and live on the economy.

Sawyer Park
3.3 miles from MSD Sturgeon Bay

Sawyer Park is a family-friendly neighborhood with plenty of amenities and recreational activities nearby.

Sturgeon Bay East
3.1 miles from MSD Sturgeon Bay

This area offers plenty of shopping in a safe and peaceful neighborhood near MSD Sturgeon Bay.

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Due to its northern location between two bodies of water, Sturgeon Bay is known for its seasonal changes. The winter months are cold, with average highs dipping to as low as 10° F , making winter activities such as ice fishing and snowmobiling popular among the locals. The summer brings much warmer and more comfortable weather, with the average high in the 70s. Sturgeon Bay has an average of 187 sunny days each year and an average of 46 inches of snow in the wintertime.
The overall cost of living index is 89 for Sturgeon Bay, which is 7% lower than the Wisconsin average and 11% lower than the U.S. average. The median home value is $132,100 and the median income is $46,906. In the case of Sturgeon Bay, the city’s goods and services are 6% lower than the Wisconsin average and 8% lower than the U.S. average.

About a 1-hour drive northeast from the populated city of Green Bay, Wisconsin, the city of Sturgeon Bay, located in Door County, is nestled between the western shores of Lake Michigan and the beautiful waters of Green Bay. In 2019, it was ranked as the #18 best places in Wisconsin to retire. With a population of just over 9,000 people, Sturgeon Bay offers many seasonal recreational opportunities. The summer population approaches nearly 75,000 during the warmest months when people from all over converge on this beautiful bay to enjoy the many summer activities available in the area.



The Sturgeon Bay area offers a wonderful Visitor Center to help you become acquainted with everything the area has to offer. In addition, the Door County offers a wonderful relocating service  which will help you get settled and feel right at home, from “Door to Door”! They even offer a downloadable Relocation Packet to help you get started.



Door County offers a wide variety of seasonal activities, including fishing, swimming, camping, hiking and boating during the summer months.


Visit the Door County Land Trust  which protects more than 8,000 acres of open space and offers many outdoor activities, including hiking, cross-country skiing, wildlife observation and other non-motorized activities.



The Door County YMCA  located in Sturgeon Bay, is a popular, state-of-the-art facility offering child-care, outdoor play areas, two indoor gymnasiums, a zero-depth recreation pool with a waterslide and more!

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