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Travel - Wisconsin Harbors - 8 Great Harbors Marinas in Wisconsin

Updated on June 14, 2015

Ports and harbors are wonderful places. Filled with both hard working professionals and recreational fun. Whatever your delight from simply sunning to catching fish to operating a charter service, the ports and harbors of Wisconsin offer a harbor distinctly different from anything on land. For me, a harbor is simply pure recreational fun. A harbor of sailing. A harbor showcasing God's natural shoreline beauty.

Wisconsin has 1,100 magnificent miles of scenic coastline awaiting your exploration. Wisconsin's numerous ports of call and over 150 harbor towns that draw visitors from near and far. Tourists support over 300,000 jobs in Wisconsin. The scenic beauty of the harbors is often many a visitor's most memorable experience. Many harbors boast a smorgasbord of recreation, museums, shopping and dining in addition to the unparalleled beauty that only the shoreline can provide. Journey with us to seven great harbors in Wisconsin including Marionette, Door County, Port Washington, Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh, Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Harbor by Vienna Teng - no visuals - vocal only

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.


So throw off the bowlines.


Sail away from the safe harbor.


Catch the trade winds in your sails.


Explore.


Dream.


Discover.”

Mark Twain quotes

To Be Your Harbor

As the song by Vienna Teng at the right details, "all I want is to be your harbor".

A harbor or port of call is a safe refuge, often offering food and fair; and safe place to dock your boat.

A place of recreation, a place of safety away from the rough, tumultuous waters of the open lake or bay.

Different Joys

To be your harbor may mean more than simply berthing your boat in a dock of protection.

To be your harbor may mean sophisticated shopping or bountiful fishing or unless hours of rest and relaxation on the lake or the bay.

Each of us has different definition of safety and of joy.

The Wisconsin harbors offer something for every one.

So follow Mark Twain's advice, and throw off the bowlines and sail away from your safe harbor and visit us here in beautiful Wisconsin.

Water Always Reminds me of Jimmy Buffet's Joy

The water and every harbor reminds me of Jimmy Buffet.   Take time to enjoy and fun the the Jimmy Buffet joy in the waterfront - "It is Five O'Clock Somewhere"!

Alan Jackson; Jimmy Buffet - It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

One Particular Harbour - Jimmy Buffett - So Far Yet So Near

Wisconsin Harbor Towns Association (WHTA)

Wisconsin Harbor Towns Association (WHTA) is an association that represents the interests of its harbor town members. Covering over 1,100 magnificent miles of coastline bordering Lake Michigan, Lake Winnebago and many others. Supporting their efforts and their unique tourist attraction features to meet their stated mission of "to invite you to enjoy yourself on and along the waters we call home." Contact WHTA 800.205.0504

Tourist Revenue

In a 2007 report, it was noted that the most revenue generated from tourists in Wisconsin is from those tourists NOT spending a night. The revenue generated was estimated at $843 million. Those visiting second homes contributed an estimated $563 million. And the biggest surpice is those who generated the most income for Wisconsin. Those visiting friends and relatives with no lodging expenses - they accounted for over $4 billion.[1] An important fact for marketing executives at local hotels and marinas.

Whether traveling to a harbor destination for the day or overnight by boat, car, motorcycle or motor coach, the harbors of Wisconsin all have offer a unique blend of nature, recreation and shopping. I challenge you to visit one of Wisconsin's great harbors. The 8 harbors we review is in no way a comprehensive list, it is simply a starting point to provide a few of the great recreational venues that Wisconsin has to offer to its residents and its guests.

Wisconsin Piers and Dockomiums

Some counties within the state of Wisconsin set a maximum width and length for piers. For example, the county I live in is Walworth County, we limit pier widths to 48 inches or 4 feet across. Often the size and number of piers are limited by the Army Core of Engineers in addition to other governmental bodies restrictions. Burnett County, for example, limits the number of piers to one
for each minimum lot size.

DOCKOMINIUMS
The popularity of the water has created a new real estate product and a new term. A "dockominium" is a relatively new term used to describe property associated with the rights of owning a dock. The dockominium controls the sale of mooring sites or berths as a unit separate from a dwelling on a lake lot.

Harbors are a special place, and as such, there are many rules and regulations. Harbors are enchanting, peaceful and for boat owners and operators very much a necessity. A functional refuge to store, moor the water craft. Wisconsin is blessed with an abundance of harbors.

dnr.wi.gov

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is the largest lake in Wisconsin and houses a number of harbor town that we will visit. Lake Michigan also extend to Illinois and Michigan and Minnesota.

The origins of the name Lake Michigan are said to be derived from a Native American term, "mishigami" meaning “great water”.

Lake Michigan covers: " Surface area 22,400 sq mi (58,000 km2) Water volume 1,180 cu mi (4,900 km3) Elevation 577 ft (176 m) Average depth 279 ft (85 m) Maximum depth 923 ft (281 m)."

Major settlements along the shores of Lake Michigan include Chicago, IL Gary, IN Green Bay, WI Milwaukee,..." read more google: Lake Michigan

Travel Ideas - 8 Great Harbor Areas of Wisconsin and Their Body of Water

  • Marinette, Wisconsin - Menominee River/Green Bay
  • Door County, Wisconsin - Lake Michigan
  • Port Washington, Wisconsin - Lake Michigan
  • Port of Green Bay, Wisconsin - Green Bay
  • Oshkosh, Wisconsin & Fond du Lac, Wisconsin - Lake Winnebago
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Lake Michigan
  • Racine, Wisconsin - Lake Michigan
  • Kenosha, Wisconsin - Lake Michigan


Travel Ideas - 8 Wisconsin Harbor Areas Explored

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A markerMarientte Wisconsin -
Marinette, WI, USA
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B markerDoor County -
Door County, Wisconsin, USA
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C markerPort Washington, Wisconsin -
Port Washington, WI, USA
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D markerLake Winnebago, Wisconsin -
Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin, USA
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The largest lake in Wisconsin encompassing sever harbor towns including Oshkosh (home of the famed annual air show) and Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

E markerRacine, Wisconsin -
Racine, WI, USA
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F markerKenosha, Wisconsin -
Kenosha, WI, USA
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G markerGreen Bay, Wisconsin -
Green Bay, WI, USA
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Wisconsin Harbor

beautiful artwork of a colorful blue harbor with boats - lots of boats
beautiful artwork of a colorful blue harbor with boats - lots of boats | Source

Marinette County

"Population in July 2009: 10,653. Population change since 2000: -9.3%

Males: 5,025 (47.2%)Females: 5,628 (52.8%)
Median resident age: 38.8 yearsWisconsin median age: 36.0 years

Zip codes: 54143.

Estimated median household income in 2008: $37,391 (it was $31,743 in 2000)
Marinette: $37,391Wisconsin: $52,094
Estimated per capita income in 2008: $22,026"

Read more: Marinette-Wisconsin

Recreational Activities:

  • Fishing
  • Boating

Commerce:

  • Ship Building 
  • Paper Mills

Marinette, Wisconsin

Marinette is a city located on the bay.  Nestled at the mouth of the Menominee River merging with the waters of Green Bay, Marinette is an inviting, friendly "hometown" of under 12,000 people. The Menominee River separates Marinette from the upper peninsula of Michigan. Marinette is a great adventure for boaters with its proximity to Door County - approximately 14 miles. 

The first recorded inhabitants of the Menominee River Basin were an Algonquin Tribe known as "the wild rice people" because of the huge fields of wild rice. The City of Marinette was named for the Native American wife of a well-known fur trader.  Marinette's commerce in the mid-1800s was quite diverse including fur traders, sawmills, and lumber companies. Queen Marinette, as she was known, was a wellrespected business woman of that time. Marinette boasts a diverse and exciting shoreline of recreational activities including fishing, boating.  Commercial activities such as shipbuilding and paper making continue from the turn of the century. 

Lighthouses in Door County

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Door County Harbor Light

beautiful light house with a colorful yellow orange sunset
beautiful light house with a colorful yellow orange sunset | Source

Door County Wisconsin

  • 250 miles of coastline
  • More lighthouses than any other county in the United States
  • Boats 11 lighthouses out of Wisconsin's total of 35
  • Close to 40 islands

Recreational Activities:

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Shopping, eateries
  • Lighthouse Tours



Door County

For nearly 150 years, Wisconsin lighthouses have guided navigators through the state's Great Lakes shoreline and inland waters. Door County is home to 11 of the 35 lighthouses in Wisconsin. Some are accessible and offer guided or self-guided tours. The lighthouses are needed because of the many sandy reefs and shoals that can snag a boat.

Door County's 250 miles of shoreline are dotted with shipwrecks. The area around the tip of the peninsula and Washington Island, which French explorers named Porte des Morts, or Death's Door is particularily treacherous.

Lighthouses were beacons of light for the ship captains; an important tool for safety. For information on Lighthouse tours, please see Door County Lighthouse Inn!

Lake Winnebago - Home of Oshkosh, Fond Du Lac and Much More!

Lake Winnebago map with bright colors and artful designs
Lake Winnebago map with bright colors and artful designs | Source

Lake Winnebago and Surrounding Area

Lake Winnebago and Surrounding Area Map
Lake Winnebago and Surrounding Area Map | Source

Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin

Lake Winnebago is not man-made, but is control by a system of over seventeen locks that channel or connect Lake Winnebago to Lake Michigan. In 1850, the lake level was raised by two dams. The level of the lake is regulated by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Lake Winnebago is the second largest lake within the state of Wisconsin or some say the largest because Lake Michigan is on the periphery. It is a large lake that is much loved for boating and fishing. The harbors that this lake houses are numerous and include Oshkosh and Fond du Lac and many more.

Winnebago County

Population in July 2009: 63,701. Population change since 2000: +1.2%

Males: 31,841 (50.0%)Females: 31,860 (50.0%)
Median resident age: 32.4 years Wisconsin median age: 36.0 years

Zip codes: 54901, 54902, 54903, 54904, 54906.

Estimated median household income in 2008: $45,013 (it was $37,636 in 2000)
Oshkosh: $45,013Wisconsin: $52,094
Estimated per capita income in 2008: $23,629

Read more: Oshkosh-Wisconsin


Lake Winnebago Harbor Shores Include but not Limited to:

Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Neenah, and Menasha

Drinking water is provided by Lake Winnebago to:

Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha and Appleton

Fish Species Include:

"Walleye, bluegill, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, perch, burbot, white bass, freshwater drum, channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass and Lake Sturegon.

Lake Winnebago also has one of the largest populations of Lake Sturgeon in the world!"

Principal Activities:

Fishing, ice fishing, boating, spear fishing too!


Fond du Lac County

Fond du Lac County

Population in July 2009: 42,424. Population change since 2000: +0.5%

Males: 19,940 (47.0%)Females: 22,484 (53.0%)
Median resident age: 35.7 years Wisconsin median age: 36.0 years

Zip codes: 54935, 54936, 54937.

Fond du Lac Zip Code Map


Estimated median household income in 2008: $47,751 (it was $41,113 in 2000)
Fond du Lac: $47,751Wisconsin: $52,094
Estimated per capita income in 2008: $25,384


Read more: Fond-du-Lac-Wisconsin

Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Lake Winnebago is served by two primary tributaries - the Wolf River and the might Fox River which continues through Wiscosin to Illinois and beyond. Lake Winnebago has approximately "30 by 10 miles (48 by 16 km), and has a surface area of 137,708 acres (557.28 km2).[2] It has 88 miles (142 km) of shoreline.[2]" It is the largest lake completely within Wisconsin and one of the largest inland lakes in the United States. It has an average depth of 15.5 feet (4.7 m) and a maximum depth of 21 feet (6.4 m).

The lake is a fisherman's delight with a large variety of fish and "many shallow reefs along the west shore, and a drop-off type shoreline on the east.[2] There are several islands along the west shore."

"Winnebago Pool System"

Winnebago Pool is the name given to a large extensive system of lakes in the Wisconsin area that encompasses the Fox-Wisconsin Waterway and its tributaries including Lake Winnebago.

Fishing

Fishing here is not just a summer time sport. Fishing occurs all year long - cars on the water with fisherman too! "Lake Winnebago is one of the more heavily fished lakes in the state.[2] Many fisherman consider it one of the nation's top walleye fisheries. Other species present include bluegill, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, perch, burbot, white bass, freshwater drum, channel catfish, flathead catfish, and smallmouth bass."

Ice fishing

Ice fishing is popular on Lake Winnebago. It is not uncommon for 10,000 cars parked on Lake Winnebago during the ice fishing season.[2] Expansion cracks on the ice are bridged. Many cities along east and west shores plow roads on the icy surface.[2]Sauger and walleye predominate, with rare perch and white bass catches.[2]

Spear Fishing

The spear fishing season for sturgeon is in February. The first season of regulated sturgeon spearing was in 1903, when an eight-pound limit was introduced.[6] All sturgeon spearing was banned from 1915 until 1931. The lake had the largest population of sturgeon in the United States in 2003.[6] The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regulates the number of fish taken each year.

Fishing in other seasons

Early spring (between May 5 and June 30) is dominated by walleye and sauger fishing.[2][2] June fishing is the peak time for white bass, and July for perch. Fishing declines in fall. Sauger, also known as sand pike, bite the best in cooler water.

Annual Fishing Tournament - February Event in Oshkosh

Every year like clock work, Oshkosh hosts the annual ice fishing tournament.  It is held in February - often the coldest month of the year for Wisconsin.

EAA Airventure Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Red planes flying with white tail to promote eaa airventure Oshkosh Wisconsin
Red planes flying with white tail to promote eaa airventure Oshkosh Wisconsin | Source

Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Lake Winnebago

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin


Estimated median household income in 2008: $45,013 (it was $37,636 in 2000)
Oshkosh: $45,013 Wisconsin: $52,094
Estimated per capita income in 2008: $23,629


Read more: Oshkosh-Wisconsin

Oshkosh Wisconsin is located in the heart of the Fox River Valley on the western shores of Lake Winnebago, the largest of the lakes within the State of Wisconsin.

The Fox River flows north and empties to Green Bay about fifty miles away. Hiking and biking trails along the upper and lower course of the Fox River provide a great Oshkosh get a way.

During the summertime, Oshkosh is host to one of the largest events in the state - the annual EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure Show held in July and August.  Attendance typically is tipping over one million visitors. It is the largest air show in the world.  It is said that , locals move out of their homes in order to rent them to attendees.  Additionally, the area colleges open their dormitories to provide another 3,000 rooms for the event. If you plan to visit at this time or attend the show, check out availability at Oshkosh hotels well in advance. Associated with the airshow is the Airventure Museum with more than 250 historic planes, some of which are available for flights. The Airventure Museum is a world class museum that has put Oshkosh Wisconsin on the international map, and is one of the Oshkosh attractions that you should not miss.

Another large event is the Oshkosh Waterfest -  a series of outdoor summer concerts held in Riverside Park.

From boating to fishing to relaxing to even the air, Oshkosh has something for every one.

What is EAA AirVenture Oshkosh?

It is a world class event that covers 5.2 miles, row upon row of airplanes. Estimate peg aircraft participants at about 2,500, over 800 exhibitors and one million visitors . The aircraft ranges from "homebuilts, antiques, classics, warbirds, ultralights and rotorcraft".

Air craft will include new technology and vintage, from from the Spirit of St. Louis to a Stealth fighter. If the air shows, forums conducted by aviation leaders and NASA researchers and FAS personnel, and rows of air craft are not enough, take time to visit KidVenture - hands-on, educational-and fun-aviation-based demonstrations and presentations. Children will have their opportunity to build their own gliders and rockets, fly simulators. I, myself, would recommend the ride in the tethered hot-air balloon. But wait, you are not done yet, there are over 800 exhibitors for you to pursue too!

Much like harbor fun, the EAA AirVenture is a 24-hour event. Sunrise will bring another great day along the flight line at Oshkosh ... The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

Port Washington, Wisconsin Downtown

Photo of downtown Port Washington with church steeple
Photo of downtown Port Washington with church steeple | Source

Port Washington, Wisconsin Aerial View

Port Washington Aerial View
Port Washington Aerial View | Source

Port Washington, Wisconsin 53074 Ozaukee County

Population in July 2009: 11,230. Population change since 2000: +7.3%

Zip code: 53074

Estimated median household income in 2008: $59,516 (it was $53,827 in 2000)
Port Washington: $59,516Wisconsin: $52,094

Read more: Port-Washington-Wisconsin

Recreational Delights:

  • Charter Fishing
  • Charming shops and eateries
  • 30 miles paved bike trail
  • Self-guided walking tours
  • 2 light houses
  • Highly-rated marina, located in the oldest man-made harbor in North America.

  • Two lighthouses: 1.) a 1935 art-deco beacon at the end of a ½ breakwater, and 2.) a restored 1860 light station.

  • Largest concentration of pre-Civil War buildings in the state, in the downtown.
  • Championship golf courses

Port Washington, Wisconsin

Port Washington, Wisconsin is simply charming.  Some have likened it to a "a touch of New England charm."  And yet, Port Washington houses some of nature's greatest shoreline treasures along Lake Michigan and blends it gracefully with Midwestern friendliness and warmth.  The historic downtown is walking distance to the beautiful lakefront and marina.  Lake Michigan is always spectacular but now you add an updated marina and the historic downtown and you have a harbor town you need to visit.


Green Bay Wisconsin Open Bridge and Vessel

Harbor Operations in Green Bay Wisconsin - Open Bridge and Vessel Transportation
Harbor Operations in Green Bay Wisconsin - Open Bridge and Vessel Transportation | Source

Green Bay Harbor, Wisconsin Summary - Brown County

Brown County

Population in July 2009: 101,351. Population change since 2000: -0.9%

Males: 49,958 (49.3%)Females: 51,393 (50.7%)
Median resident age: 33.2 years Wisconsin median age: 36.0 years

Zip codes: 54301, 54302, 54303, 54304, 54305, 54306, 54307, 54308, 54311, 54313, 54324, 54344.

Estimated median household income in 2008: $43,391 (it was $38,820 in 2000)
Green Bay: $43,391 Wisconsin: $52,094
Estimated per capita income in 2008: $23,939

Read more: Green-Bay-Wisconsin

Recreational Activities:

  • Golfing
  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Salmon and walleye fishing
  • National touring theater companies
  • Zoo, amusement park and wildlife sanctuary.

Commercial Activities:

  • National port services
  • International port services
  • Paper Mills
  • International headquarters for retail, packaging and more!
  • Green Bay Packers and much more!

Green Bay Harbor

Green Bay Harbor, Wisconsin is located at mouth of the Fox River, at head of Green Bay, is the oldest city in the Midwest and maintains one of the most active ports perhaps in the United States. Green Bay is 180 miles north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 49 miles southwest of Menominee Harbor. A sport mecca with the NFL fans cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Training camp runs from mid-July to mid-August yet the gift shop is aways a click away and dining and shopping are available year round.

The C&NW Railway Bridge and numerous wharves along the harbor carry paper products, coal, petroleum products, cement, limestone,etc...

Port of Green Bay

Nationally known truck lines provide overnight delivery within a 400-mile radius. Major railroads and highway infrastructure connect the Port with America’s heartland for both national and international logistic support.

The mission of the Brown County Port Department for the Port of Green Bay is "to plan and effectuate harbor improvements to spur the economic development of the Green Bay metropolitan area and Northeastern Wisconsin by stimulating trade, business and employment through developing, promoting, and advocating for safe, efficient, and cost effective transportation distribution activities."

For information on current ship arrivals, take a look thru the port web camera, tonnage, businesses in the Port, or news, please visit Port of Greenbay.com.

Milwaukee Harbors, Wisconsin

Sunrise over South Shore Yacht Club. Snow rests on the partially frozen harbor. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sunrise over South Shore Yacht Club. Snow rests on the partially frozen harbor. Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Source
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McKinley Marina - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The McKinley Anchorage and Moorage Association ("MAMA") is a nonprofit Wisconsin corporation  which began as an informal association in 2001 for the purpose of  preserving and managing the existing anchorage and mooring area in the McKinley Marina ba
The McKinley Anchorage and Moorage Association ("MAMA") is a nonprofit Wisconsin corporation which began as an informal association in 2001 for the purpose of preserving and managing the existing anchorage and mooring area in the McKinley Marina ba | Source

Milwaukee Harbor Aerial View

Milwaukee Harbor Aerial View
Milwaukee Harbor Aerial View | Source

Milwaukee Harbor, Wisconsin is where I would retreat after studying was done at Marquette University.A city of commerce, industry, education - all combine with a beautiful waterfront along the shore of picturesque Lake Michigan.

The etoymology of the name Milwaukee is again from the Native Americans, their word "millioki" which means “gathering place by the waters.” This name was chosen because it was the designated spot for the tribal meetings. Three rivers flowed together here and the leaders of the tribe follow nature's guidance. The three rivers - the Menomonee, the Kinnickinnic and the Milwaukee all gather here and flow into the waters of Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and the 19th largest nationwide. In addition to being accessible by boat, Milwaukee is conveniently located near the intersection of interstates 94 and 43 - a quick drive from Chicago or a little farther for Green Bay residents.

Milwaukee began as a Great Lakes port in 1835. Traders were drawn to the site because of its Indian population, its access afforded by three separate streams; the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers. This water way was critical for the fur traders for transport. Later dredging and channel improvements improved these water ways made Milwaukee the focal point of a substantial commercial and industrial harbor development, handling millions of tons of commerce annually.

Harbor Concept - River Channel and Management

"The "Inner Harbor" concept, with port development following river channels, is fairly common in the Great Lakes region, reflecting the natural impulse for navigation to penetrate inland.

Milwaukee, however, departed from the common pattern of other Great Lakes cities in the planning and development of its lakefront port. Recognizing the industrial value of its inner harbor, Milwaukee also realized that shipping could not be crowded indefinitely into congested river channels, hampered by bridges, with street traffic in turn interrupted by bridge openings. Milwaukee, therefore, devised a comprehensive plan to acquire strategic lakefront areas and to develop an outer harbor, under municipal control, with modern port facilities."

In 1881, an extension of a breakwater across the Bay, from McKinley Beach at the north, in a southerly direction; succeeding acts of Congress provided additional protection to the harbor operations. In 1900, a system of docks and terminals in deep water outside of Jones Island were created to assist in expediting commercial transport.

Music and recreation continue to abound in this beautiful city that rests on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin Waterfront

Racine Wisconsin Shoreline
Racine Wisconsin Shoreline | Source

Racine Wisconsin Summary

Racine County

Population in July 2009: 82,009. Population change since 2000: +0.2%

Males: 39,944 (48.7%)Females: 42,065 (51.3%)
Median resident age: 33.1 years Wisconsin median age: 36.0 years

Zip codes: 53401, 53402, 53403, 53404, 53405, 53406, 53407, 53408, 53490.

Estimated median household income in 2008: $41,378 (it was $37,164 in 2000)
Racine: $41,378   Wisconsin: $52,094
Estimated per capita income in 2008: $20,607

Read more: Racine-Wisconsin

Recreational Activities:

  • North Beach Oasis - lifeguards on duty, concessions and more
  • Bike Path
  • Rentals - Pier 20 Water Sports providing jet skis, kayaks, boats and surrey bikes
  • Wind Point Lighthouse

Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin has a beautiful harbor in the midst of a manufacturing city. Racine was a manufacturing city first and foremost, beginning with the manufacture of farm machinery such as fanning mills, machines that separated wheat grain from chaff and also to the automotive industry. Racine is home to international captains of industry such as J. I. Case (heavy equipment), S. C. Johnson & Son (cleaning and chemical products), and Arthur B. Modine (Heat Exchangers).

Racine's harbor was central to its manufacturing centers in the late 19th century and continues today more on a recreational basis.   North Beach boast sandy shores and water sports rentals.  The board walk is newly renovated.  And don't forget the Wind Point Lighthouse!  There is much to see and do in Racine - a gem hiding in the midst of the big and wonderful land of Wisconsin.

Racine Harbor, Wisconsin from the 1850's

Racine Harbor from the 1850's
Racine Harbor from the 1850's | Source

Racine, Wisconsin Harbor View Complete with Rainbow

Racine Harbor with a Rainbow
Racine Harbor with a Rainbow | Source
Harbor View of Racine, Wisconsin
Harbor View of Racine, Wisconsin | Source

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Kenosha Lakefront and walking path
Kenosha Lakefront and walking path | Source

Kenosha County, Kenosha Wisconsin Summary

Kenosha County

Population in July 2009: 97,856. Population change since 2000: +8.3%

Males: 48,111 (49.2%)Females: 49,745 (50.8%)
Median resident age: 33.6 years Wisconsin median age: 36.0 years

Zip codes: 53140, 53141, 53142, 53143, 53144.

Read more: Kenosha-Wisconsin

Recreational Activities:

  • Kenosha North Pier Head Lighthouse
  • Beach at Simmon Island
  • Parks
  • Garden
  • Public Fishing Piers
  • Authentic Electric Streetcar
  • Beaches and more!

Photograph by Dave Wobser Originally built in 1864 and rebuilt in 1906, red conical steel 50-foot tower
Photograph by Dave Wobser Originally built in 1864 and rebuilt in 1906, red conical steel 50-foot tower | Source

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Kenosha, Wisconsin is the fourth-largest city in Wisconsin. Kenosha is also the fourth-largest city on the western shore of Lake Michigan, following Chicago, Milwaukee, and Green Bay. Kenosha lies on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, 32 miles (51 km) south of Milwaukee. Kenosha is part of the U.S. Census Bureau's Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.[5]

The lakefront promenade along the shoreline is new and very inviting - perfect for biking, walking, skating or fishing. "Nearly ninety percent of Kenosha’s lakefront is dedicated to public recreation with parks, gardens, trails, beaches, public fishing piers, and more. We invite you to take a dip, cast a line or drop anchor and enjoy Lake Michigan." A new Harbor Park neighbord with festival places, hardscapes such as fountains and sculptures and even a museum campus and an authentic electric streetcar that rolls through historic downtown!

Tourist Tip:  "Visitors can walk out on the pier from the beach at Simmons Island. Cross the bridge to the island on 50th Street in Kenosha, and follow the road down to the beach." The Kenosha Old Lighthouse is on a hill overlooking the beach.


Wisconsin Harbors Will Protect You and Refresh You!

The harbor and the harbor towns all have something to offer. Some are more industrial, some are more historic and some such as Door County are dedicated more to shopping and dining. Wisconsin is the chosen vacation spot of many a Chicagoan, many a resident of Illinois and many from beyond the seas. The natural beauty of the harbors is the draw, the Wisconsin hospitality and comfort is the enduring charm that keeps us returning and many retiring to Wisconsin. Whether staying for a decades for just the day, drive up, stay over and enjoy the many wonders that Wisconsin has to offer. The natural beauty of Wisconsin and its miles of harbor shores will astound you, your family and your friends! The harbors have the magic to protect you and to also refresh you.  Plan a trip today!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It makes me think that my wife and I should get to some of these places. Some we are familiar with since we just went to Green bay yesterday for a library book sale and picked up some apples at the "Apple Store" there. One employment disappointment for me was that after leaving a newspaper job in Iowa in 1964 I interviewed for the paper in Appleton. The interview with editors went well but for some reason the management people didn't like me. I fell in love with that town at the time. However, it doesn't look the same now.

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      Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

      I saw all of these on a road trip this summer. Port Washington............ my favorite. What a beautiful town! Thanks for these! Kaie

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      Whikat 6 years ago

      I loved and bookmarked this hub. I have been fortune enough to visit 7 out of the 8. I still have door county to visit. My favorite so far has been Port Washington. Now that my children are a little older it will be fun to visit these 8 harbors. Thank you for sharing.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      dahoglund

      A close friend of mine lives in Appleton - it is a great town. What is wonderful about Wisconsin is we have allot of great towns - just didn't have enough space to cover them all - love the waterfronts and the people.

      Kaie,

      Oh, Port Washington is special - you are right - the waterfront and the historic downtown. Please stop back again.

      Whikat,

      I haven't been to Door County for years, I am in Green Bay allot - I really must get back there. You may change your favorite - so be prepared!

      I haven't covered my favorite harbors yet...more to come...check back....way too much fun in Wisconsin!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      dahoglund

      A close friend of mine lives in Appleton - it is a great town. What is wonderful about Wisconsin is we have allot of great towns - just didn't have enough space to cover them all - love the waterfronts and the people.

      Kaie,

      Oh, Port Washington is special - you are right - the waterfront and the historic downtown. Please stop back again.

      Whikat,

      I haven't been to Door County for years, I am in Green Bay allot - I really must get back there. You may change your favorite - so be prepared!

      I haven't covered my favorite harbors yet...more to come...check back....way too much fun in Wisconsin!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Awesome Hub! I have been to seven of these eight harbors. I have never been to Lake Winnebago though. Port Washington is a beautiful place. I could easily live there. Thank you for this pleasurable journey. I enjoyed it.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      James,

      I agree with you on Port Washington - IF I weren't in Milton and Port Washington would be on my radar. I, too have never been to Lake Winnebago - driven past dozens of times.

      Yesterday my husband was in Port Washington - I was jealous - great town.

      But the harbor cities of Wisconsin are all very special. Wisconsin is very blessed and Chicago is very lucky to be within close driving range.

      Thank you for your kind words my friend.

    In appreciation:

    Port Washington statistics:

    http://www.city-data.com/city/Port-Washington-Wisconsin.html


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    http://www.dnr.wi.gov/org/water/wm/dsfm/shore/documents/WI-TourismEconomicImpact2007.pdf


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