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Whitefish Dunes State Park
3275 Clark Lake Road
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235

Whitefish Dunes State Park Current conditions


All trails are open to hiking. The best trails at this time for hikers are the Red Trail (2.8-mile loop) and the beach shoreline (1.5 miles-no pets). Lots of rain in the past few weeks has been great for the wildflowers and plants. There have been a few mosquitoes with all the rain. The thimbleberries are in bloom and in a few weeks will have berries.

Temperatures can be cooler along the shoreline especially if the wind is coming off of the lake. It is advised to bring warm layers of clothing even during summer.

A view of the beach on July 25.

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


Pets are not allowed on the beach shoreline by the office or swim area. Pets are not allowed at the first and second beach access points. There is a pet area beach at the third access which is accessible by hiking the Red Trail 0.75 miles one-way to get to the beach.

Pets are allowed on all hiking trails 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. If you have questions, please ask park staff for more information.


A few fawns have been spotted in the park. The bird feeder has been busy with downy, hairy and red-bellied woodpeckers, and hummingbirds. This week monarch caterpillars were spotted on milkweed. A great place to see flickers is out on the Yellow Trail. Standing on the overlook you can see pelicans on the lake from the observation deck by the office. A lot of frogs have been heard in the afternoon by visitors hiking the Green Trail.  Thimbleberries are just starting to ripen.   

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed.

Thimbleberries are just starting to ripen.

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 south pine lot fishing pier is closed until further notice due to safety concerns.

The Nature Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park is open daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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 August 08 2017