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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 Trolley Is Here!!!

The Sister Bay Trolley is here and ready to begin operation on Friday, June 30th!!! Funded, in part, by several local sponsors, the trolley is scheduled to run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. as a FREE service to visitors as well as “locals”. The goal of the trolley is to provide transportation throughout the Village, where parking can be problematic. Visitors staying in local hotels or parking in outlying areas now have the option of hopping on the trolley for a ride to their destination without the need to find their own parking space!!! Pick-up locations for the trolley are marked by signposts along the route and maps are available. In this first year of operation, fourteen stop/pick-up locations have been designated. Patrons of the trolley can board at any one location and enjoy the ride until reaching their destination. The trolley will run on its designated route in a continuous loop throughout the scheduled hours of operation. For more information regarding the trolley please contact the employees in the Village Office. Village officials would like to publicly thank Jerry Saballus and Heidi Teich for all the work they did on implementing the trolley program.



Sister Bay’s Marketplace Redevelopment Project was selected for Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative honors!!! 

Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc., a statewide non-profit corporation, awarded the Top Rural Development Initiatives for 2017 at a ceremony at the Heidel House Resort and Spa in Green Lake Wisconsin on Thursday, April 20th.   The awards were presented by Wisconsin Rural Partners President Carol Wetuski and Awards Committee Chairperson Coreen Fallat.

“Rural Partners received 17 nominations this year for these prestigious awards, and there were many wonderful projects,” said Rural Partners Executive Director Rick Rolfsmeyer.  “The four initiatives selected by the judges exemplify the best of all the great things rural Wisconsin has to offer.”

The four efforts receiving Top Rural Development Initiative awards are:

  • University of Wisconsin – Extension Community Vitality and Placemaking Team
  • Scenic Mississippi River Transit (SMRT)
  • Moving Platteville Outdoors, David Canny Rountree Branch Trail Project
  • Village of Sister Bay, Marketplace Redevelopment Project

The awards ceremony is a part of the 2017 Wisconsin Rural Summit, themed “Who is the Future of Rural Wisconsin.” To learn more about the Summit and to register, visit

Wisconsin Rural Partners is a statewide non-profit organization that develops rural networks and leaders, and provides a voice for rural Wisconsin.  WRP is the federally-recognized State Rural Development Council for Wisconsin.

This is the seventeenth year that Wisconsin Rural Partners has recognized Wisconsin’s Top Rural Development Initiatives.  The program is designed to identify, highlight, and share innovative models, practices and programs that have a positive impact on rural Wisconsin communities.  Wisconsin Rural Partners created the program to provide a mechanism for rural communities to learn from each other.

The Sister Bay Marketplace Redevelopment site was formerly the site of a refrigerator manufacturer which was later repurposed into a shopping center.  By 2008 it had become blighted.  As part of the downtown and STH 42 Reconstruction Project, the Village partnered with the WI DNR, and WI DOT to acquire the 2 acre site in the heart of downtown Sister Bay.  The development of the site was initially unilaterally envisioned by the Village as a site to be acquired and developed into a single, monolithic development. Citizens in the community wrote to express their concerns over the artist’s depiction of this vision for the site’s redevelopment.

Seizing the opportunity to engage the community, the Village advanced the project by asking citizens to engage in a community prototyping session.  Those ideas were amalgamated into a consensus plan.  The project now features a number of small business friendly redevelopment sites, open green space, a public parking lot to facilitate access to the adjacent Sister Bay Beach, and pedestrian/tourism amenities which tie the Waterfront Park to the Library/Community Botanical Garden.



 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