Coast Guard station washington island

Ninth District

2501 Canal Road, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

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Established in 1902, Coast Guard Station Washington Island is operational as a seasonal station, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day only. Approximately, 7 active duty and reserve “summer stock” personnel are assigned to USCG Station Washington Station during this time. Located in a remodeled chalet in Detroit Harbor on the southern end of Washington Island, its primary missions include Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement.

During the winter months, Station Washington Island’s AOR for SAR response will be absorbed by nearby CG Station Sturgeon Bay  which is designated as its parent command. The service members assigned to CG Station Washington Island are returned to Station Sturgeon Bay for the winter season. CG Station Washington Island is actually under the command of the Station Sturgeon Bay Officer in Charge, but the Washington Island supervisor, a Boatswains Mate First Class, acts as a direct representative.


Download the Unit Overview sheet to learn more about Station Washington Island.



Directions from the nearest highway:


From I-43 North, take the exit for University Ave., Sturgeon Bay (HWY 54/57N), which will change into 57 N after the Algoma exit (approximately 3 miles). Stay on 57 N through Sturgeon Bay.


Approximately 1 mile north of Sturgeon Bay, 57 N breaks off of 42 at a stoplight. Stay on 42 (straight through the light) into Northport, which is about 45 miles north of Sturgeon Bay.


The car ferry to Washington Island is located at the end of HWY 42 at Northport. This car/passenger ferry is a 30-minute ferry that is located at 215 WI-42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210.

Washington Island is served by two ferry routes, made up of several different ferries:


From the Northport Pier at the northern terminus of Wisconsin Highway 42: this ferry is equipped as a freight, automobile, and passenger ferry that departs daily. This route is a 30-minute ferry ride.


From Gills Rock: this ferry is a passenger-only ferry and includes an optional narrated train tour upon arriving on Washington Island. This route is a 20-minute ferry ride.


Personal transportation is recommended on Washington Island. Bicycle, UTV and moped rentals are available adjacent to the Washington Island Ferry dock.


A small public airport with grass runways, the Washington Island Airport, is located on the island.


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.


TRICARE Information and News


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.


Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.


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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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) 847-2554


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

Sawyer Park
3.3 miles from Station Washington Island

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

Sturgeon Bay East
3.1 miles from Station Washington Island

This area offers plenty of shopping in a safe and peaceful neighborhood near the station.

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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.


Located north of Sturgeon Bay on Lake Michigan, Washington Island tends to have more moderate summers. The average high in July and August is about 75° F, and during the winter months, the average temperature is 25.9° F. This area receives about 28.4 inches of rainfall and 47.4 of snow during the year.

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.

Stretching across the entrance of Green Bay from the Door Peninsula to the Garden Peninsula in Michigan, this beautiful island was first settled by Scandinavian immigrants and Icelanders and has a population of about 700 people.


Each summer, Washington Island hosts the Midwest region’s largest lavender farm. Additionally, the island offers a number of summer recreational activities including kayaking, bird watching, hiking and swimming. Enjoy the many Nature Preserves and beaches this beautiful island has to offer. One popular destination is the Mountain Park Lookout Tower, where you can climb 186 steps to a breathtaking view of the island and Lake Michigan.


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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