What to do in Whitefish Dunes State Park

The 6,600-foot beach at Whitefish Dunes is considered by many to be the best in Wisconsin featuring a rugged Lake Michigan shoreline and 93-foot protected sand dunes, highest in the state. This Door County park is a combination of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, an inland lake, winding creek within surrounding wetlands, and dense upland forest comprised of maple, beech and hemlock. So rich and diverse is the plant life, the area has been designated a state natural area. In winter, it showcases beautiful ice formations with frigid Lake Michigan waves in the background.

The rugged Lake Michigan shoreline and huge protected sand dunes draw visitors to Whitefish Dunes State Park. The 863-acre park features 14.5 miles of hiking trails, of which 11 miles are groomed for cross-country skiing in winter. A 2.5-mile trail is open for snowshoeing. The park's nature center is located adjacent to the beach beneath a grove of birches and cedars. A small outdoor classroom is offered as well. Inside the center visitors learn about the area's natural and cultural history through exhibits, printed materials, and programming offered outdoors and at a 56-seat auditorium. The nature center is open all year. An observation deck provides views of the park's forests, wetlands, and shoreline. Learn more about the park's wildlife by obtaining bird and plant checklists. The park is home to 120 bird species, 14 types of amphibians and reptiles and over 25 species of mammals. A special feature of the park is the Red Trail where a living history village replicates the Middle Woodland Indians. Picnicking is enjoyed at the base of large shade trees where tables, drinking water, shelter, and vending machines are offered. Many handicapped facilities are offered including an accessible beach grid system and interpretive loop. Located just south of Whitefish Dunes State Park is Wisconsin's Rustic Road 9. View the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline flanked by expansive sand dunes and dense forestland.

Recreation
Recreations enjoyed at Whitefish Dunes State Park include swimming, fishing, hiking, scenic driving, and cross-country skiing.

Location
Whitefish Dunes State Park is located in Northeast Wisconsin two miles northeast of Whitefish Bay.

Climate
Northeast Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. Great Lakes Michigan and Superior tend to make summers cooler and winters milder close to shore. January's average temperature is in the teens F (-teens C). Average July temperature is 68-70 degrees F (20 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C) for a several day stretch. The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 30-32". Annual snowfalls in the Northeast Region have a wide range; the southern areas may receive 50" while the northern areas may receive in excess of 180". Nighttime summer temperatures can dip below freezing. Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.

Address
3701 Clark Lake Road
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Phone: 920-823-2400

Fax: 920-823-2640

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