Not only is Wisconsin home to more than 15,000 freshwater lakes that provide year-round recreational fun, but the shoreline with one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, Lake Michigan, provides unique opportunities only this astounding natural resource can offer. Don’t jet off to the east or the west coast for experiences normally reserved for an ocean shoreline. Here are some ways to have fun in Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Andy’s Silver Strike Charter – Baileys Harbor
Think that you have to set sail into crashing waves off one of the oceanic coasts to be a fisherman on the high seas for a day? Think again. The Silver Strike is available seven days a week from May through October for fishing excursion charters. Whether you’re an expert fisherman or you’ve never been in a boat, this fishing expedition for a variety of trout and salmon is not one you’ll soon forget.
Dubbed “The Malibu of the Midwest,” Sheboygan is your Midwest surfing destination. When the wind speeds pick up to 20-25 mph from the northeast or west southwest, Sheboygan’s five mile stretch of coastline has waves that are rideable by surfboard beginning in late August. EOS Surf Shop offers the equipment rental and lessons you need to catch a wave right here in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan shoreline is rich with maritime history. With the shipping traffic that used to traverse the unpredictable Lake Michigan waters came the inevitable disasters at sea. Dive Door County Dark Side Charters, LLC offers the opportunity for certified scuba divers to explore the final resting places of some of these shipwrecks. The 26 foot Intrepid Dark Side takes divers to both the bayside and the lakeside of Door County to explore shipwrecks located in depths ranging from 15 to 120 feet below the surface.
Interested in Lake Michigan’s shipwrecks but not a certified scuba diver? Lakeshore Adventures has you covered! Their guided and narrated clear bottom kayak tours of some shallow water Lake Michigan shipwrecks offer the opportunity to explore the wreckage and learn about the history while remaining at the water’s surface. Watch your window into the world of all the fish that call Lake Michigan home swim beneath you, see a variety of species of waterfowl, and access a secluded basin only reachable by kayak.
Have you been to a coastal city and seen the bright parachute of someone parasailing behind a boat and rising high into the sky? Perhaps on a beach in Mexico, the Caribbean or Florida? You can enjoy this one of a kind view of spectacular Door County with Wisconsin Water Wings! This breathtaking experience launches from their 37-foot custom built boat, gently lifting you into the air where you will have the opportunity to take pictures and enjoy the spectacular sights from this one-of-a-kind vantage point. After the ride is over, you’ll be lowered back onto the platform of the boat without ever needing to enter the water. Fly hundreds of feet in the air right here in Wisconsin!