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ICYMI: von Stiehl Winery was named to TRAVEL + LEISURE’s top vineyards in June of 2017.  Why not share all of the other wonderful things we have here in our small city?

This giveaway is not sponsored by the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Shanty Days Map, Street Closures, & Parking

For your convenience, here is a map of all things Shanty Days along with parking and street closure information!  Shanty Days 2017 in Algoma, WI runs from Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13, 2017.

Shanty Days 2017 Map
Click here for your copy of the 2017 Shanty Days Map

Visit our Shanty Days section for a complete schedule of events!


 Street Closures

Portions of Clark Street east of 2nd Street at the northern end of the Main Grounds will be closed.

The 5K and Super Hero kids run takes place Saturday morning beginning at 8 a.m.  The 2nd and 4th street bridges are anticipated to close from 8-8:10 a.m. to allow participants to make the north loop of the race. The entire 5K route, highlighted in yellow, will not officially be closed but please be mindful of the 5K participants.

The parade route, highlighted in green, will close to non-parade traffic prior to the parade. This route and the neighborhood surrounding the parade set-up streets get very congested and non-parade participants are asked to avoid these neighborhoods – from north of Jefferson St. (Route 54) on Parker Ave, Washington St. etc. There is no parking along the parade route or parade staging areas on Saturday until the parade concludes. 

Route 54 (Jefferson Street) will remain OPEN, but expect traffic delays heading into town throughout the afternoon. The parade runs from noon to approximately 2 – 2:30.

Lake Street from 2nd Street east down behind the Youth Club will be closed for the car show.

Drivers coming into Algoma on Route 42 from either direction or on County S from the north during the parade will need to take an alternate route around town during the parade.

Saturday – Sunday
After the parade on Saturday, Fremont Street from 6th Street east to 2nd Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the Arts and Crafts and Street Fair. Law enforcement will be controlling traffic at Fremont and 4th and Fremont and 2nd during peak times.


Parking is free in Algoma but please be mindful of no parking zones marked either by signs or ‘yellow curbs’.

There is no parking along the parade route on Saturday prior to and during the parade.

Please be respectful of residents’ driveways and business parking areas.

It's Time For The 35th Annual K-D Salmon Tournament!

The K/D Salmon Tournament is an amateur chinook-only tournament that runs for 9 consecutive days each summer.  The largest summer fishing tournament on the Great Lakes set a record in 2016 with over 3000 total anglers participating. The 2017 tournament dates are July 22 – July 30.

The heaviest fish caught will win the lucky fisherman $10,000 CASH.   Last year’s top fish, 35.46 pounds, was the heaviest since 1999 so it may just take a 30-plus-pounder to win the top prize this year.  There are also 45 daily port prize packages plus a payout that goes 100-200 places deep, depending on the year.

Get your tickets — $25 for the entire tourney, or a $13 daily chance — at Lakeshore Lighthouse and Kewaunee Marina in Kewaunee, the BP gas station and convenience store in Algoma, Greystone Castle and Howie’s Tackle in Sturgeon Bay, Baileys 57 in Baileys Harbor, Jungwirth Ace Hardware in Sister Bay and Kap’s Marina on Washington Island.

Visit for information and updates.  Good luck!

Algoma Community Gardeners Seek Help In Completing Raised Beds

Last fall a number of raised beds were built on the Algoma Community Gardens grounds before winter set in. The construction of the beds was completed last month and now they are ready to be filled.

The Algoma Community Gardeners would like to invite you to help fill the beds this Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 8 – 10 a.m. The Algoma Community Gardens are located at 1528 Sunset Ave. Algoma, behind the Kewaunee County Food Pantry.

Tasks will include:

  • – Fill the remaining raised beds with cardboard and straw, (wetting down the cardboard before adding the straw).
  • – Spread compost and soil.  Brian Hanson will have his skid steer to help move compost and soil to the beds. Please bring a garden rake if you have one.
  • – Place cardboard and wood chips in between the raised beds in sections A1, A2, B1 and B2.
  • – Help weed the old Children’s Garden, as we transition it to a Butterfly Garden.
  • – Clean up around the compost bins at the corners of the garden
  • – Reset the compost bins and adding reinforcement screws. The 3″ screws and drill bits are in the shed. Those working on this project will need to bring a cordless drill.

For anyone willing to help, and as a thank you, please feel free to use one of the newly completed raised beds (this fall at no charge) for a fall crop of beans, peas, spinach and/or lettuces.

If you have any suggestions or ideas on improving the gardens and/or inviting new gardeners to join us, please send an email or call, Mary Goodner, Algoma Community Coordinator at 920-487-8093  or

Algoma Library Friends to Celebrate Grand Opening

On Friday, June 30, 2017,  the Algoma Library Friends will celebrate the grand opening of a new used bookstore, The Book Corner. Community members are invited to attend the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 11 well as the store’s grand opening celebration from 11-3.

The bookstore is suitably named The Book Corner since it is located on the corner of Third and State streets (401 Third Street) in downtown Algoma. Regular hours for the Book Corner are Friday and Saturday, 11-3 and Sunday 10-2.

Completely, volunteer run, all funds raised by the bookstore will provide support to the Algoma Public Library and the many programs it offers, including new computers, printers, scholarships, furniture and community events. The store will also provide year-round access to used bookstore for the public.

The Friends group is seeking assistance to help staff the store once open. If interested, a sign-up sheet is located at the Algoma Public Library. For further information or questions, please contact Pat Cichon at 920-487-3323 or Sue Hass at 920-495-8440.

Lake Michigan, Here We Come! Launching Your Boat At The Algoma Marina

Welcome Boaters!

Whether you are going out for a casual day trip on the waters of Lake Michigan or staying for a few days to get some fishing in, the Algoma Marina is ready for you.

At the Algoma Marina, you will find four ramps and plenty of parking for your vehicle and boat trailer. For just $8.00 a day, you can pay for your launch pass on the spot – find the envelopes and honor box to the east of the ramps.

Click on any of the images to view larger images.Algoma Marina 2017 Launch Fees

If you prefer a seasonal pass, they are $60.00 for Algoma City residents (Must show proof that the boat owner lives/owns property in City limits) or $80.00 for non-residents.  City residents over the age of 65 Seasonal Pass – FREE! (with proof of boat registration). Seasonal passes can be purchased at Walter’s Do It Best Hardware or Algoma City Hall.

To get to the Algoma Marina, coming into town from 2nd Street or 4th Street (Route 42) turn EAST on Steele Street or Navarino Street and head toward the lighthouse.

Map To Algoma Marina

The Algoma Marina also offers:

  • – Slips for vessels up to 40 feet with electricity and water hook-ups
  • – Fish Cleaning Station
  • – Sanitary Pump Out – $8.00
  • – Double Launch Ramps – $8.00 Per Day
  • – Gasoline for sale
  • – Private Showers and Public Restrooms
  • – Free WiFi

Dettman Fish Cleaning StationFishing Cleaning Station at Algoma Marina

The Marina is open May 1st – October 1st. For information or reservations during the off-season please call or e-mail the Marina and a staff member will get back to you in a timely manner.

Phone Number: (920) 487-2232
E-Mail Address:
Address: 60 Steele Street, Algoma, WI 54201
Mailing Address: 416 Fremont Street, Algoma, WI 54201

Please visit the City of Algoma’s website for more information about services and fees for the Algoma Marina.

You can check out the ‘Marina Cam‘ before you head to the lakeshore. We hope you enjoy your time on the water!

Summer Street Safety: What Pedestrians and Drivers Need To Know

School is out for the summer, which means more kids are out and about in town. It is also vacation season and the mild temps lead locals and visitors alike to take the streets and enjoy our beautiful lakeshore town.

One of the things we enjoy in Algoma is the lack of traffic signals. But this can pose a risk to pedestrians and drivers who may be unsure of who has the right-of-way.
It is important that both drivers and pedestrians know what their responsibilities are in each circumstance.

According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, drivers must:

  • Yield to pedestrians when crossing a sidewalk or entering an alley or driveway
  • -Yield to pedestrians who have started crossing at an intersection or crosswalk on a “walk” signal or a green light, if there is no walk signal
  • -Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the highway within a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection where there are no traffic lights or control signals 
  • -Not overtake and pass any vehicle that stops at an intersection or crosswalk to permit a pedestrian or bicyclist to cross the roadway safely

Pedestrians must:

  • -Yield to drivers when crossing a road where there is no intersection or crosswalk or where the pedestrian does not have a green or “walk” signal and where vehicles have a green signal 
  • -Not suddenly move into the path of a closely approaching vehicle that does not have sufficient time to yield for a pedestrian  
  • -Walk on and along the left side of a highway when not walking on a sidewalk. Note: This law does not apply to bicycles. Bicycles operate under the same laws as other legal vehicles on the road and should always stay on the right side of the road.

In a nutshell, at an intersection or crosswalk where traffic is not controlled by traffic control signals or by a traffic officer, the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian. If a pedestrian, bicyclist, or rider of an electric personal assistive mobility device crosses a roadway at any point other than within a marked or unmarked crosswalk, they shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

That doesn’t mean pedestrians should just walk out into the road expecting that cars will stop.   Both pedestrians and drivers should:

  • -Pay attention!
  • -Make eye contact with each other if possible.
  • -Don’t text and drive or text and walk.
  • -Take extra care at night.

We want you to have a fun and safe summer here in Algoma!

For a complete explanation of rules and guidelines to help both pedestrians and drivers to maneuver safely around town this summer, visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website:

American White Pelicans Here In Algoma

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), American White Pelicans have been present in Wisconsin as migrants for centuries. There was an apparent downward trend in occurrence in the late 1800s and it wasn’t until the DNR’s analyses of observations published in the Passenger Pigeon during 1939–1994 and reported online at Wisconsin eBird during 1994–2012, the number of pelican occurrences started to increase notably in the 1980s and dramatically in the mid-1990s.

The American White Pelican seems to have made itself right at home in Northeast Wisconsin and there have been several recent sightings here in Algoma along the Lake Michigan shore.

The photos above were taken while strolling along the Crescent Beach Boardwalk on Friday afternoon, June 2, 2017. Where have you spotted the pelicans?


2017 Algoma Citywide Garage Sale Registrations Due June 30

The Algoma Citywide Garage Sale is scheduled for Friday, July 14, 2017 and Saturday July 15. 2017, from 8:00AM-4:00PM.

Registrations with payment are due to the Chamber by Friday, June 30, 2017.  Checks should be made payable to Algoma Chamber.

Registration fees are $8.00 Single Family / $12.00 Multi Family and include:

-Placement on official map
-Garage sale sign
-Colorful marker to attract attention

You can download an application here or pick one up at Denny’s SuperValu, Craig’s Piggly Wiggly, and the Algoma Visitor Center.

Maps will be available beginning Monday, July 10, 2017, at the Visitor Center.



Grants Available to Local Non-Profit Organizations


For immediate release


Nancy Johnson, Office Manager
Algoma Utilities
(920) 487-5556

Grants Available to Local Non-Profit Organizations

Algoma Utilities, through funding available from our power supplier, WPPI Energy, is soliciting requests from local organizations interested in a Community Contribution Grant or Economic Development Grant. Typically, grants are awarded to Algoma Utility, not for profit customers, to help offset specific community programs or project costs.

Grant requests will be accepted at the Utilities’ office through July 10, 2017. To be considered for a grant, non-profit organizations must submit a letter requesting assistance. The letter should include information as to how the not for profit organization will use the funds to benefit the community or local economic development. Organizations must also show that funds are necessary to complete a project or program and the time frame in which the grant would be utilized.

Examples of past grants include, but are not limited to:

  • Algoma school projects
  • Local safety programs
  • Literacy and youth programs
  • Local economic development programs
  • Spring/Summer festivals or events
  • Park improvements
  • Power quality improvement projects

Letters should be sent to: Algoma Utilities, Attn: Office Manager, 1407 Flora Avenue, Algoma, WI 54201. If you have any questions concerning the grant programs please contact the Algoma Utilities office at (920) 487-5556.