Port Wing, Wisconsin
Port Wing is an unincorporated census-designated place in the Town of Port Wing, Bayfield County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located on Wisconsin Highway 13, 30 miles west of Bayfield. The Flagg River enters Lake Superior at Port Wing's harbor. The population of Port Wing consists of retirees, summer cabin dwellers, residents with a family history in the area and a recent influx of new business and full-time residents. The towns' economic activity consists of Everett Fisheries, a commercial fisherman out of Port Wing harbor, and several small businesses who employ workers and the South Shore School District. As of the 2010 census, its population is 164. Port Wing has an area of 1.150 square miles (2.98 km2), all of it land.
The town's facilities include the South Shore High School, a U. S. post office, a Lutheran church, a public beach and marina and a volunteer fire department, as well as a historical society museum with documents and photographs related to Port Wing's history. There are also two art and craft galleries in the town and two bed and breakfast establishments. Food is served at the Port Bar and Restaurant and the South Shore Bar. The largest employers are the South Shore High School and Everett's Fishery, named for its founder, Everett Johnson, and currently owned by his son, Eric Johnson.
Logging, fishing, dairying and apple orchards were formerly the main economic activities in the town. Several orchards and dairy farms still remain, but the brownstone quarries have been flooded by rising Lake Superior waters and logging has become infrequent because of the poor quality of much of the standing timber.
The largest annual event in the town is the Fish Boil and Fall Festival held at the Port Wing Town Hall and Pavilion over Labor Day weekend. The event includes boiled trout, live music, and the like. Other events include a Lutefisk/Swedish Meatball Dinner, a Christmas Bazaar, and farmers' markets. Civic organizations include the Baseball Club, which sponsors the Fish Boil, the Lions Club, sponsor of the Fall Festival, and the Monday Evening Club, a woman's group that was formed during the Second World War to support civic activities.
Port Wing is the site of South Shore School District. It frequently ranks near the top of Wisconsin's school districts.
- Gary Sherman, politician
- "American FactFinder". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
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