Wisconsin Harbor Towns Association
From sophisticated cities to quaint fishing villages, Wisconsin’s harbor towns feature a unique smorgasbord of outdoor recreation, museums, shopping, arts, dining and relaxing scenery. Best of all, we serve it up with a heaping helping of our renowned hospitality.
This WHTA website is designed to give you an overview of the gems waiting to be discovered – or rediscovered – by you. Each community profile includes information that will be useful for boaters and cruise ship passengers as well as those who choose to cruise by land. Also included are Internet and phone sources for more detailed information.
Whether you come by ship or car, boat or RV, motorcycle or motor coach, we hope that each visit will help you relax and renew your spirit as you discover the best of what Wisconsin has to offer.
Transforming the people and landscape for more than 130 years, these lights have guided ships on the Great Lakes. Wisconsin’s coasts are home to over 50 lighthouses, and stations with more than 30 of these historic structures still functioning and open to the public.
In Wisconsin, there are over 1,000 miles of beautiful Great Lakes coast on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. There are over 25 unique harbor towns on these shorelines that welcome you to explore and discover their treasures.
In October 2015, NOAA announced its intent to designate a new national marine sanctuary to help conserve nationally-significant shipwrecks and related maritime heritage resources in Wisconsin.