Sugar Creek County Park
Location: 2349 County Road N in the Town of Gardner
The park does feature a boat launch, although due to low water levels and a sandbar located near the launch, the dock has not been put in for many years. Boaters can access the waters of Sugar Creek in the summer and fall by launching at Chaudoir’s Dock County Park or Robert M. Carmody County Park.
Fishing in the waters near Sugar Creek has long been a tradition. In the past, boats were launched to scout out schools of perch and many a fisherman waded through the spring waters of the creek to fill five-gallon buckets of smelt something that is no longer seen as smelt have not been traveling up the creeks for breeding.
Sugar Creek is also a busy access point to the ice for perch and whitefish fishing in winter.
Sugar Creek does offer a unique location for paddlers to put in a kayak or canoe.
In 1998, an area south of the boat launch was landscaped to provide a waterfront picnic area with benches and tables; a perfect spot to watch the sunset over the bay.
In 2012, an 18 hole Disc Golf course was created by Tim Hildebrand (the course designer) in the undeveloped woods of Sugar Creek County Park with the help of volunteers and donations from many Door County businesses along with funding from an anonymous grant. The course length is 4,718 feet and is a challenging, fully wooded course with tight fairways. The course is about 1.4 miles of walking trails.
In 2015, improvements to the park included a new restroom facility and a 80’ long footbridge over Sugar Creek to access the parks wooded area with the disc golf course.
The land of Sugar Creek was obtained in 1945. The park is named for the creek that runs through it and was a popular tributary for smelt-dippers.