What to do in Kohler-Andrae State Park

The Kohler-Andrae State Park is two adjacent state parks encompassing approximately 1,000 acres along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan. The natural areas of Kohler contain active and stabilized dunes and several vegetated interdunal ponds. The park is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore. Four hundred plant species have been identified including sand reed, Canada wildrye, marram grass, juniper, sand cherry and several willow species. Commonly seen wildlife include white-tailed deer, raccoons, beaver, and muskrat. Seen less often are mink, river otter, badger and coyote. In all, 33 wildlife species have been recorded along with 150 species of bird life.

Kohler-Andrae State Park is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore and is open for everyone to explore and enjoy. The Sanderling Nature Center highlights the unique natural areas of this lakefront park. Scheduled nature hikes and programs sponsored by a dedicated park naturalist are available during the summer. Tour the center's many interesting displays of the park's animals, history, great lakes fishery, and wildflowers.

The park has two self-guided nature trails: Creeping Juniper Nature Trail is a half mile long and located just south of the nature center. It features nature signs and a winding pathway through beautiful sand dunes; Woodland Dunes Nature Trail (ADA segment) runs through a heavily wooded section of the park south of the campground with signage describing many of the park's unique trees. Other trails offer an up close view of an interdunal marsh area, open prairie and mixed woodlands. Horses and mountain bikes are welcome on designated trails ($).

The park's campground has 105 sites, with 49 sites offering electric hookup. Open all year, each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. Campsites for those with disabilities are available. Two group campsites have a combined capacity of 50 persons. This is a tent area only. Firewood and Sunday worship available in summer. Camping reservations are available online or by calling a toll-free reservation number. Contact information is listed below.

The park offers a 200-yard-long beach complete with golden sand dunes, bathhouse, snack area and volleyball court.

Boating and fishing are natural pursuits of Lake Michigan. Even though the park does not offer launch facilities, ramps are nearby. Shoreline fishing is permitted.

In winter, outdoor lovers descend on the park. Offerings include camping facilities with electric hookup, candlelight ski and hiking events, sledding, wildlife and winter bird watching, and snowshoeing. An indoor warming shelter complete with fireplace is a popular gathering spot.

Several miles north of the park (Twelfth and Panther in Sheboygan) lies the popular attraction of Sheboygan Indian Mound Park. Explore the 18 effigy and burial mounds, view an encased burial rite, and course along an interpretive trail down to Hartman Creek.

Recreation
A variety of recreations please a wide spectrum of outdoor appetites. There are multi-use trails, nature trails, equestrian trails, scenic beachfront, four-season camping, shoreline fishing, extensive nature programming, picnicking, snowmobiling, tobogganing, and cross-country skiing.

Location
Kohler-Andrae State Park is located in Southeast Michigan four miles south of Sheboygan and east of Interstate 43.

Climate
Southeast Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. January's average temperature is above 16 degrees F (-9 degrees C). Average July temperature is 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Southeast Region can range from 20 - 50". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.

Address
1020 Beach Park Lane
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Phone: 920-451-4080

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