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Contact information
For information, contact:
Whitefish Dunes State Park
3275 Clark Lake Road
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235

Whitefish Dunes State Park Current conditions


Ski trails are in excellent condition. The park received 20 inches of snow on January 15. All ski trails are groomed for classic skiing only.

Please remember during winter that hiking, snowshoeing and pets are not allowed on the groomed cross-country ski trails (Green, Yellow and Red trails). Hikers and snowshoers may hike the Black Trail or along the beach.

Old Baldy: During winter, access to Old Baldy is closed for the season.

Brachiopod Trail boardwalk: The boardwalk on the Brachiopod Trail is closed until further notice due to safety concerns.


The annual winter candlelight skiing and snowshoeing event is Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. The event is free but a park sticker is required.

See the DNR Events Calendar for a complete list of events at Whitefish Dunes State Park.


In winter pets are allowed on the Black hiking trail and beach shoreline as long as on a leash 8-feet or shorter at all times. Pet waste must be picked up by the owner and bags are available at multiple locations throughout the park. Pets are not allowed on any of the ski trails. If you have questions, please ask park staff for more information.


January is a great month to watch the beach shoreline for ducks. There have been lots of buffleheads and they are fun to watch bobbing in the waves. Visitors have reported seeing deer on the trails. The bird feeder has been busy with downy, hairy and red-bellied woodpeckers. A porcupine was spotted in a tall pine on the Black Trail.

Shelter building

The shelter building can be reserved from April 1 through October 31. If you are interested in reserving the shelter building, contact the park for more information and availability of dates. Please be respectful of others by cleaning up the shelter after using it.

More information

There is no camping at Whitefish Dunes State Park. The park is open daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nature Center Hours:

  • Fridays through Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays through Thursdays, closed

A vehicle admission sticker is required year-round. When the park office is closed, use the self-registration pay kiosk to buy admission stickers. Any annual sticker purchases will be mailed to you. If you self-register for an annual sticker please submit a check with your address or print legibly on the envelope for accurate mailing.

Last revised: Tuesday January 16 2018