SHIPWRECKS OF THE IDA, EMPIRE STATE, OAK LEAF, BULLHEAD POINT DOOR COUNTY BAY

July 23, 2011



Shipwreck of the Ida

In 1931 three abandoned vessels were burned to the waterline at Bullhead Point. These well-worn remnants of the once thriving limestone fleet were last owned by the Sturgeon Bay Stone Company. The hulls of the vessels Ida Corning, Oak Leaf, and Empire State lie just offshore from the point and remain visible at low water.

Shipwreck of the Oak Leaf
Located in Bullhead Point City Park in Sturgeon Bay, the shipwrecks are very close to shore, in 0-10 feet of water. They are easily accessible to divers, snorkelers or kayakers. A historic marker highlighting the shipwrecks is located in the park. A large anchor from another local wreck has recently been added to this 'shipwreck' park. To visit Sturgeon Bay's Bullhead Point: Head north on N. Duluth Ave. Continue north on Duluth Ave. when County Road C turns east. Bullhead Point will be on the right, across from the old stone quarry on the left.


Shipwreck of the Empire State
The First stop we made in Door County were a group of three shipwrecks that are next to the bay and in 10-15 ft of water. These shipwrecks are on top of one another and are broken up.  The hauls are somewhat in tact and pieces of them even stick out of the water but they are broken up otherwise.  I like how the wrecks are so close to a parking spot, they are easy snorkeling wrecks and well worth the visit.

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