Coast Guard station sturgeon Bay

Ninth District

2501 Canal Road, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

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Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay is located on Lake Michigan and the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal in Door County, Wisconsin. The area offers 300 miles of shoreline, dozens of islands and small harbor towns. Duties of this station include Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Ice Rescue missions during the winter months. Station Sturgeon Bay is comprised of two units: a parent unit (Sturgeon Bay) and Station (Small) Washington Island. The latter is only in operation during the months of May through September and is only accessible by ferry or boat.

This Station maintains several state-of-the-art resources, including the 45-ft. Response Boat Medium, the 25-ft. Response Boat Small, and the 22-ft. Airboat. Each year, CG Sturgeon Bay responds to over 100 calls for assistance along the 118 mile long Bay of Green Bay. Approximately, 30 active duty and reserve members are currently assigned to USCG Station Sturgeon Bay.



Completed in the summer of 1886, this station was first used as a light and life saving station and William Nequette was appointed as the station’s first keeper. The Sturgeon Bay Canal lighthouse is located on the east side of the south entrance to the canal and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.



Download the Unit Overview sheet and the Unit Information sheet to find out more about Station Sturgeon Bay.



When you report to the unit, you will begin the check-in process and indoctrination, which typically lasts about one week. You will be provided with all of the training materials and will be issued rescue and survival gear clothing. During this time, you can also expect to complete any required administration paperwork, including Health and Dental insurance election and travel claims. Following the check-in process, you will immediately begin learning the station routine and standing the communication watch. Expect to work an aggressive schedule staying onboard the unit for 24-48 hours at a time. Once certified as a communication watch-stander, you will be placed into a permanent duty section.
Contact the unit prior to your arrival and provide the date and time of your expected arrival. If you plan on reporting after hours, or after 1600, ensure that the Officer of the Day is aware of your arrival time. Report aboard in the Tropical Blue Uniform.
Directions from the nearest highway:
Take I-43 North toward Green Bay. Take State 57 North through Sturgeon Bay. Approximately 1⁄2 mi. past bridge, turn Right on Utah Road. Turn Right on Cove Road. Turn Left on Canal Road and follow until you see the Station.
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 Station. Milwaukee and Madison, WI are both approximately 3 hours south.


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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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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Child Care Aware: 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) 743-3367


Single service members will live onboard the unit. Station Sturgeon Bay offers 3-bedroom Unaccompanied Personnel Housing (UPH) unit on the Station Grounds. Service members with dependents should contact the local housing manager to get recommendations about housing in the area. The majority of people choose to live in Sturgeon Bay.

Sawyer Park
3.3 miles from Station Sturgeon Bay

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

Sturgeon Bay East
3.1 miles from Station Sturgeon Bay

This area offers plenty of shopping in a safe and peaceful neighborhood near Station 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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