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Welcome To The Official Website For The Village of Sister Bay!!!


The Village of Sister Bay is a friendly, thriving community where residents and visitors alike enjoy the natural beauty of its surroundings enhanced by well-maintained parks and the natural environment. The unique charm of the Village’s waterfront, library and businesses are enjoyed and utilized by all. As Northern Door County’s year-round village, it balances the needs of a growing retirement community, while attracting and supporting its younger population with a viable economy. The Village has carefully controlled growth to maintain its charm, character and natural beauty.

The Beach Project Won The ASLA “Award of Excellence”!!!!

We are pleased to announce that SmithGroup JJR, the architectural, engineering and planning firm which was retained to work on the Village’s Beach Expansion Project, recently won the American Society of Landscape Architects “Award of Excellence” for that project!!! The Award of Excellence is the highest honor the ASLA gives out on an annual basis!!! 

Pictured left to right are Janal Suppanz, Interim Administrator, Jessie Fink of JJR, Dave Lienau, Village President, and former Administrator Zeke Jackson, who were present for the award ceremony, which was conducted in Madison on February 28, 2018.

A Floodplain Informational Meeting Was Recently Conducted 

The Floodplain Program is mandated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Door County officials have been tasked with administering the regulations developed by both agencies, using maps developed by FEMA, in the unincorporated areas of the County.  City and Village officials administer the Floodplain Program in Door County’s incorporated municipalities. 

FEMA is currently conducting a study which will result in new floodplain maps for the entire Great Lakes region, and the agency estimates Door County’s new maps will go into effect in 1-2 years.  Draft work maps for Door County depict a new floodplain zone – called a “VE” zone in some areas.  The VE zone has never been mapped in Door County, and development in that zone will be subject to very different regulations than for other floodplain zones.  

Background information about the FEMA study may be found at the following website: .  

A floodplain informational meeting was conducted in Sturgeon Bay from 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. on Monday, January 15, 2018, and a hyperlink to the video of that meeting follows:

Hyperlink to the Floodplain Informational Meeting

At the informational meeting Door County and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff members provided information on the existing and historical floodplain maps, ordinances, and related processes, and then reviewed information regarding the new FEMA study components and timeline. 


 Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park and Marina


A “birds-eye” view of the Marina and the new and improved highway.

Photos compliments of Eric Spilman