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Newport State Park
475 County Highway NP
Ellison Bay WI 54210
920-854-2500

Newport State Park Current conditions

Conditions as of Monday, May 22, 2017:

Trails

Trails are open for hiking. Keep in mind, at this time of year, hikers may encounter almost any condition on the trails so please plan accordingly.

Newport State Park is located along a rugged shoreline near the north east end of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula. Designated a Wilderness Area by the DNR, it offers almost 30 miles of hiking and biking trails. Through boreal forest, wooded uplands, meadows and 11 miles of shoreline, there is something for everyone.

Spring is finally creeping its way north and up the peninsula. The shores of Lake Michigan keep us cooler than most places in the state and trees are just barely leafing out. The trails have been cleared of trees thanks to our maintenance folks who are back at it. They are clear and ready for hiking and biking.

Nature

Early spring ephemerals are blooming. We are seeing bloodroot, hepatica, wood anemone and spring beauty blooms. Trillium are starting to bud and trout lily leaves and ramps are carpeting the woods. There have been no reports of morels here. Still a bit too cold.

Migrating birds are picking up. We have seen many sand hill cranes, pelicans and some eagles in the area. We hear the peent of the woodcock in several areas in the park. The males sky dance is going on nightly too. We have reports of yellow rumped and black throated green warblers, ruby crowned kinglets, white throated sparrows and winter wrens. The phoebe’s are nesting again near the main office and the goldfinches plumage is  turning bright yellow once again. Bluebirds are starting to nest in the boxes on our bluebird trail. We have several eggs in some of the nesting boxes and monitor them weekly. Stay tuned!

Lake Michigan

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

Events

See the DNR Events Calendar for a complete list of events and naturalist programs at Newport and other state parks.

Night sky viewing

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.

Check our schedule for "Universe in the Park" programs presented by UW-Madison astronomy students three times a year. Also in the works is designation 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.

Camping

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 of our campsites are backpack sites only. 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.

More information

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

 

Last revised: Monday May 22 2017