Sturgeon Bay Canal South Pier

Sturgeon Bay

Photo Credit: Ever Curious Photography

If you’re looking for a picturesque spot to take photographs in Door County, the Sturgeon Bay lighthouse is always a great choice. And for the best vantage point, try the southern canal pier.

Located in the heart of Sturgeon Bay, the lighthouse offers a unique backdrop for any photographer looking to capture a stunning image. The south canal pier offers an ideal spot to take photographs of the lighthouse, as it allows you to capture the full height and beauty of the structure.

To get the perfect shot, it’s best to visit during the early morning or late evening hours when the light is soft and warm. This will help to create a more dramatic and visually stunning image. Be sure to bring a tripod to stabilize your camera and take advantage of the low-light conditions.

In addition to the lighthouse, the south canal pier provides a great opportunity to capture images of the surrounding waters and harbor and avoid the catwalk taking up too much of the image. And with the pier extending out into the bay, you’ll have plenty of space to position yourself and your equipment for the perfect shot.


2499 S Lake Michigan Dr, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Type of Location


How To Get Here

There is a parking lot where Lake Lane and South Lake Michigan Drive meet. You can park there and walk a trail out to the beach, from which the south pier of the Sturgeon Bay ship canal is accessible.

Tips For First Timers

If you want to capture the Sturgeon Bay lighthouse without a lot of obstruction from the catwalk, the southern canal pier is definitely the way to go.


Door County Land Trust

Best Seasons

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Best Time of Day

Early Morning, Morning, Evening

Types of Photography

Architecture, Astronomy, Environmental, Lighthouse, Marine, Northern lights, Outdoor, Panoramic, Scenic, Water, Winter

Permit Requirements


Recommended Camera Equipment

A tripod and longer lens will definitely help framing the lighthouse in the distance across the canal, especially in lower light situations.