The Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve, located within the city limits of Sturgeon Bay, is as ecologically diverse as it is beautiful. From the water, sand dunes give way to a forested ridgeswale landscape where towering white pines, hemlocks and red maples blanket ancient shore ridges. To the west, Strawberry Creek emerges from a large cedar wetland and meanders its way to the waters of Sturgeon Bay. A sand ridge on the northern preserve boundary offers magnificent views of two historic lighthouses and the entrance to the ship canal below. Rare and threatened species such as the dune thistle, dune goldenrod, dwarf lake iris, bald eagle, Caspian tern and osprey call this preserve home. It is also one of the regions most critical resting spots for migrating neo- tropical birds.
Categories: Attraction, Hiking, Nature Preserves
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