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a Wisconsin state park, forest, recreation area or trail.
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in state parks and forests.
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to attend a nature program or event with family and friends.
Contact information
For information, contact:
Newport State Park
475 County Highway NP
Ellison Bay WI 54210

Newport State Park Current conditions


Cross-country ski trail conditions.

Please remember, hikers, snowshoers and pets must keep off of the ski trails.

Newport winter map [PDF].


See the DNR Events Calendar for a complete list of events and naturalist programs at Newport State Park.


Robins and bluebirds have been reported in the area, a sure sign of spring. We are hearing sandhill cranes with some regularity now. A snowy owl visited our picnic area by Lot 3 last week and there was even a report of a red-breasted merganser sighting.

Night sky viewing

As is typical of cold winter nights, the skies have been glorious. Winter star gazing has its challenges, but it is well worth checking out the night sky at our International Dark Sky park.

Being at the far end of the Door Peninsula and on the shores of Lake Michigan makes Newport one of the darkest spots in the state. This is one place where you will find out what a dark sky really looks like, making it a prime destination for anyone from casual stargazers to astronomers.

Newport has been designated as a Dark Sky Park from the International Dark-Sky Association, one of 18 in the United States and only the second one in the Midwest. See the International Dark-Sky Association [exit DNR] for more information.


Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.

In keeping with the true wilderness experience, all park campsites are backpack-only sites. The park does not sell firewood, but campers are welcome to use any downed and dead wood in the park. All sites have a fire ring with adjustable grill, bench, lock box for your food items and a vault toilet in the area of the site.

Reservations are accepted May 1 – Oct. 31. All sites are first-come, first-served Nov. 1 – April 30.

Lake Michigan

For current beach conditions, please refer to the Wisconsin Beach Health Website [exit DNR].

More information

The Newport Wilderness Society [exit DNR] is the Friends group of Newport State Park.


Last revised: Wednesday March 21 2018