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a Wisconsin state park, forest, recreation area or trail.
Camping opportunities
in state parks and forests.
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Get Outdoors!
to attend a nature program or event with family and friends.
Contact information
For information, contact:
Newport State Park
475 County Highway NP
Ellison Bay WI 54210
920-854-2500

Newport State Park Current conditions

Trails

Cross-country ski trail conditions.

Please remember, hikers, snowshoers and pets must keep off of the ski trails.

Newport winter map [PDF].

Events

See the DNR Events Calendar for a complete list of events and naturalist programs at Newport State Park.

Nature

New snow brings opportunities for wildlife tracking. Coyotes and red fox have been active, and we are watching for signs of otter activity. Bald eagles have been seen by Lake Michigan.

Night sky viewing

As is typical of cold winter nights, the skies have been glorious. Winter star gazing has its challenges, but it is well worth checking out the night sky at our International Dark Sky park.

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.

Newport has been designated 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 park campsites are backpack-only sites. 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.

Lake Michigan

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

More information

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

 

Last revised: Thursday February 15 2018