The Sturgeon Bay Steel Bridge, officially known as the Michigan Street bridge, is a unique landmark in Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin. The bridge was built in the 1930’s and has stood in the same place ever since. This very interesting bridge is one of my favorite Sturgeon Bay subjects to photograph. Some of my favorite images include this bridge.
There are many places to view this bridge all around the Sturgeon Bay waterfront. Here are five of my favorite places around Sturgeon Bay to view the bridge.
Sturgeon Bay Steel Bridge : 5 Best Views
1. Oregon Street Bridge
Since the Oregon Street bridge was built in 2008, we’ve had a great place to view the Steel Bridge. The new bridge runs parallel to the Steel Bridge so you can get a nice straight on view that wasn’t possible before. You can view the Steel bridge from the walkway on the Oregon Street bridge or from underneath the bridge on the east side of town.
2. Stone Harbor Resort
Stone Harbor has a public walkway along the water that gives a great view of the bridge.
Around the marina there is also a stone breakwall that you can walk out on to get really close. Bring your ultra wide angle lens for this shot. And watch your step!
3. Old Train Bridge
Back in the day, Sturgeon Bay had a railway running in to town and a bridge to allow the trains to cross the bay. Today, this bridge is park. It doesn’t go all the way across anymore but you can walk out pretty far. From the end you have a great view of the bridge. It’s also a great spot to watch freighters come in to town.
4. Door County Maritime Museum
This is probably my favorite view of the bridge. Right next to the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay is a little boat launch area where you can view the bridge. Not only that, the old Chicago fireboat and Tug John Purves are permanently docked there and look great in photos too!
5. On the Sturgeon Bay Steel Bridge itself
The Steel bridge itself can be a great place to view it. Walking along the walkway over the water, you can get some interesting compositions using the bridge’s own architecture.