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Kohler-Andrae State Park Activities and recreation

Hiking Hiking

Cordwalk with view of Lake Michigan

Dunes Cordwalk.

There are several opportunities for hiking on nature trails, dune cordwalks or along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Kohler-Andrae. Trail descriptions.

Camping Camping

Camping at Kohler-Andrae State Park

Picnicking Picnicking and shelters

There are several areas for picnicking at the park. Two shelters are available for reservations. Shelters at Kohler-Andrae State Park.

Pets Pets

Pets must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet and under your control at all times. Pets are not allowed on the beach area south of the Sanderling Nature Center, picnic areas, playgrounds, buildings or nature trails.

Pets are allowed at your campsite, along park roads, the Black River Hiking Trail, the Black River Marsh Boardwalk, Marsh Trail, designated sections of the Kohler Dunes Cordwalk, the Fishing Pond Trail and on the beach area north of the Nature Center only. Pet area map [PDF].

Pet owners must remove pet waste and dispose of it in trash containers. Do not bury waste in sand. Pet rule violations are subject to fines and are strictly enforced to provide a safe and clean state park for all our guests.

Bicycling Bicycling

Bicycles are allowed on all park roads. Please use caution as roads are heavily traveled. Off-road bikers are allowed on the Black River Trail.

Horseback Riding Horseback riding

Horses are allowed on the Black River Trail.

Canoeing/Kayaking Boating, canoeing and kayaking

There is not a boat launch at the park. Users of small watercraft or floatation devices should be aware of the wind conditions on Lake Michigan. Strong west winds can blow watercraft away from the shoreline. Parents, watch your children at all times. Rubber rafts and other boats require personal floatation devices.

Swimming Swimming

Swimming is available in Lake Michigan. Please use caution. No lifeguards are present.

Fishing Fishing

Fishing PondFishing is available at the fishing pond off Old Park Road. An accessible trail circles the pond. Fishing licenses apply.

Hunting Trapping Hunting and trapping

Hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the park during the Wisconsin state parks hunting and trapping time frame. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails. Certain trap types are restricted on state park properties. For more information, please see:

In addition to the opportunities that are available during the state parks hunting/trapping time frame, hunting opportunities in state parks that were already established by rule and in place prior to the enactment of 2011 ACT 168, remain in place.

  • At Kohler-Andrae State Park, the 19-day muzzleloader deer hunting season and the archery deer hunting season that falls between Nov. 15 through the Sunday nearest Jan. 6 are allowed in the open areas of the park. There is no gun deer hunting at the property.

Cross-Country Skiing Cross-country skiing

Enjoy the park during winter by cross-country skiing. Cross-country skiing is available on a marked one-way trail. The two-mile ski trail has flat to gentle slopes and takes you through a variety of beautiful environments. The trail starts in the picnic area and travels through the wooded southern campground. It then hooks up to the Woodland Dunes Nature Trail and later loops through the picnic area back to the beginning. The trail is groomed regularly when snow conditions and weather permit. Pets are not permitted on ski trails at any time. Ski/snowshoe trails and winter camping map [PDF].

All trails are one way. Please follow the signs and arrows on the ski trail for your safety and others. Ski within your ability and always leave enough space between you and other skiers.

Snowshoeing Snowshoeing

There is a marked snowshoe trail at the park. Additional snowshoeing is available at the 2.5-mile Black River Trail and throughout the park. Snowshoeing is not allowed on the groomed ski trail.

Last revised: Tuesday February 16 2016