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Point Beach State Forest Activities and recreation

Hiking Hiking

There are 17 miles of hiking trails in the forest ranging from a half mile, to more than seven miles long. There are also six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline to explore.

Pets Pets

Pets must be on a leash 8 feet or shorter and must be kept under control at all times. Pets are not allowed in any picnic area, building, shelter, playground or on the Swales Nature Trail.

Point beach provides an area south of the lighthouse where pets are allowed on the Lake Michigan Shoreline.

Biking Biking

The Ridges trail, has three connecting loops for off-road biking and the Rawley Point Bicycle Trail is a 5-mile, hard-packed limestone trail that connects to the Mariners Trail [exit DNR], a 7-mile paved trail along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Camping Camping

Camping at Point Beach State Forest

Swimming Swimming

The forest has six miles of sandy beach front along Lake Michigan for swimming. Lifeguards are not provided. Remember that no fires are permitted on the beach. There is a separate beach for dogs.

Canoeing & Kayaking Boating, canoeing and kayaking

There is not a boat launch at the forest. 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.

Picnicking Shelters Playgrounds Picnic areas and playgrounds

All picnic and shelter areas include picnic tables, grills, drinking water and rest rooms. The concession stand in the lodge sells picnic supplies and items in season. There are picnic areas near the lodge itself, as well as picnic areas where you can sit back and enjoy Lake Michigan. There is also a playground, volleyball courts and a baseball diamond.

Lighthouse Lighthouse

The Rawley Point Lighthouse is within the forest, along the shore of Lake Michigan. This lighthouse is operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and cannot be toured, as it is an active lighthouse. There is a trail that leads you to the beach near the lighthouse, where you can get great pictures of one of the tallest lighthouses in the Great Lakes.

Fishing Fishing

Fishing is available in Lake Michigan.

Anglers of any age may check out basic fishing equipment free of charge at the park office. This equipment was donated by the Tackle Loaner Program. Call the park office to find out what equipment is available.

Hunting Trapping Hunting and trapping

Hunting and trapping are permitted in the property during legal hunting and trapping seasons.

Winter Activities Winter activities

Ski trails (Ridges, Red Pine and Swales) are marked for one-way travel only.

A snowmobile connector trail links to county trails.

The opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report [exit DNR], and local club and county snowmobile web pages [exit DNR] and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.

Last revised: Monday May 15 2017