Port Washington Recreation

Enjoy...making the most of outdoor pleasures

The beaches and parks of Port Washington are so picturesque that artists come here to paint them. Musicians sing its songs, and the well-seasoned tell tales about walking the beam as children to catch a bucket of perch. You can find those stories right next door at the Historical Society Museum or up on the hill at the old lighthouse. When the lake sleeps quietly, hike to the end of the breakwater and see a blanket of stars so vast it can make a salty sea captain weep with joy.

Year-round activity just outside your front door. Whether on Lake Michigan, miles of trails and beaches, or in one of four different parks including a new wildlife preserve, there are plenty of local options for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, biking and bird watching.

Experience Port Washington fishing. Our historic commercial fishery, largely focused on gill netting Yellow Perch, crashed during the 1980's as the result of the invasion of zebra mussels delivered to the Great Lakes in the ballast of visiting ocean-going vessels. In response, Wisconsin and other governmental agencies surrounding the Great Lakes have created a hugely successful sport fishing industry by seeding the Great Lakes with hatchery-bred Coho and Chinook Salmon fingerlings, which then grow large feasting on alewives, another invasive species. Port Washington is a poster child of the sport fishing industry with over a dozen charter boats operating out of our harbor all season long. If you wish, angle from dawn to dusk. The fish are out there and many of them are huge. You won’t have to tell “fish stories” at the Port Washington Yacht Club. Catch a Chinook. Hang it on your wall but use the heavy-duty hangers—no kidding!

Bicyclists flow through Port Washington while enjoying the Ozaukee County bike trail. It traverses the county from border to border and beyond. Some of the bikers are Port residents. Others arrive from all over the world. The trail is relatively and joyfully flat, a bonus for those of us getting on in years or who don’t ride regularly. But there is one dip along the ride, and that dip is downtown Port Washington. Those who live in Port know their ride will always end with a downhill coast, sort of like letting one’s horse run back to the barn.

Work and world-class entertainment are within easy striking distance. Downtown Milwaukee, Sheboygan, and West Bend are all accessible via a 35 minute drive. Local pundits point out, “We don’t have a rush hour. Instead, we have a rush minute.”

Top drawer concerts, theater, and ballet are staged throughout the area on an ongoing basis. If you crave sports, Lambeau Field and the Packers are just a little over an hour north in Green Bay. Road America, one of the world’s most beautiful and highly regarded auto racing venues, is thirty-five minutes north, between the communities of Plymouth and Elkhart Lake. The 4.1 mile circuit is splayed across the forested hills and meadows of the Northern Kettle Moraine area. Each season features every type of road racing cars imaginable, including vintage, Formula One, NASCAR, Indie Cars, LeMans Types, and the sports racing monsters of Can Am and Trans Am plus others.

Port Washington golf is just minutes away. Championship golf courses are plentiful including Whistling Straits and Black Wolf Run in Sheboygan, “The Bog” designed by Arnold Palmer in neighboring Saukville, and Milwaukee County’s public Brown Deer Park, historic site of many PGA events. Don’t forget the Brewers (MLB), Bucks (NBA), and the Wave.

Parks & Recreation in Port

  • Port Washington Yacht Club
  • Harborview Park -nature area & picnic spot
  • Coal Dock Park - scenic views, habitat area, wildlife, sculpture area, children’s garden, & floating boat docks.
  • Upper Lake Park - best views of Lake Michigan, hosts the annual Fish Day Celebration, 5K races, car shows, and community events.
  • Veteran’s Memorial Park -gathering for community events at the band shell, including a summer movie series.
  • Possibility Playground - ADA accessible playground with a replica of the city’s lighthouse.
  • Kiwanis Pavilion (north of marina)
  • Rotary Park -scenic park on the lakefront, Commercial Fisherman’s Memorial.
  • Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve - one of the last stretches of undeveloped bluff land along Lake Michigan shoreline.
  • Forest Beach Migratory Preserve - hosts a “patchwork quilt” of habitats that support migratory birds, reptiles and mammals of all kinds.
  • Sauk Creek Nature Preserve - 27-acre natural area in Port Washington.


A Harbour Lights condominium is a life enhancing option, offering distinctive living surrounded by small town charm and daily inspiration from Lake Michigan, one of the spectacular natural wonders in the world.


Port Harbour Lights Sales Office
222 E Main Street, Suite 201
Port Washington, WI 53074

Sales Office Hours
Saturdays 10:30-2:30 & By Appointment

Pam Bastien, Realtor

Gertjan van den Broek,Developer