What to do in Point Beach State Forest

The Point Beach State Forest includes 2,900 acres of forestland bordered on the east by six miles of sand-ridged Lake Michigan beach. Lying just north of the City of Two Rivers, the forest offers all of the natural beauty and assets of the wilderness with the convenience of urban facilities.

A major feature of the beach is Rawley Point and the U.S. Coast Guard operated lighthouse. It is the largest and brightest on the Great Lakes, boasting a 2 million candlepower lamp. After at least 26 shipwrecks the first lighthouse was built in 1853. Today's modern structure rests atop a 113-foot steel tower shining for a distance of 19 miles. The light is operated from one half hour before sunset to one half hour after sunrise. No tours offered.

The sandy shore of Lake Michigan is a major attraction for Point Beach State Forest visitors. There is a six-mile beautiful, yet unguarded beach. Folks come to swim, sunbathe, picnic, and look for century-old shipwreck remnants. Pet owners have their own trail to the beach. A picnic shelter is available for larger groups. The park offers 127 campsites with 66 providing electric hookup. Some sites are very shady while others let the sunshine in. RVs are welcome. Camping reservations are made through the Wisconsin State Park's central reservation system. A campground concession offers light snacks during the warmer season of the year while displaying exhibits about area wildlife, plant life, bird life and local ecology. With the State Forest situated along the Mississippi Flyway, 130 species of birds have been recorded. Available at the center is information about nature programs, talks, day and night hikes, and crafts offered by the park naturalist. Including the half-mile, self-guided nature hike, eleven miles of foot trails are provided at Point Beach. Two miles are open for snowshoeing, and four miles are open for cross-country skiing and mountain biking.

Recreation continues just outside the State Forest. Running between Twin Rivers and up to County V is Wisconsin's Rustic Road 16. A snowmobile trail runs from the Forest to the city of Two Rivers. It and the city of Manitowoc make for interesting day trips. Two Rivers is the home of Rogers Street Historic Fishing Village, which was the site of an early Indian and French Canadian fishing village. Manitowoc is the site of the Maritime Museum, home of submarine USS COBIA (tours offered) and relicts from the past 100 years of Great Lakes maritime history. Woodland Dunes Nature Center, located between Manitowoc and Two Rivers is an oasis of wooded ridges, marshes, and sandy meadows. Five separate trails allow hikers to experience the diverse habitats lush with plant, animal and bird life.

Recreation
Recreation enjoyed at Point Beach State Forest includes camping, indoor and outdoor group camping, picnicking, swimming, sunbathing, hiking, mountain biking, nature study, and cross-country skiing.

Location
Point Beach State Forest is located in Southeast Wisconsin four miles north of Two Rivers on Hwy. O.

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
9400 County Hwy O
Two Rivers, WI 54241

Phone: 920-794-7480

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