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Newport State Park
475 County Highway NP
Ellison Bay WI 54210

Newport State Park Current conditions

Door County is a busy place in the summer, but the northern Door still has some quiet places to enjoy our natural resources. Newport is one of those places. Bike trails are in good shape, sandy beaches are a cool place to spend the day, and hiking trails are clear and waiting to be explored.


Since it is a little cooler on the northeast part of the peninsula, the wildflowers and trees growing here are more typical of northern boreal forest. The thimbleberry is growing strong and fast under the canopy, thanks to all the rain. Their berries, which are a drupe similar to raspberries, are edible. Visitors have reported seeing snakes along the trails and lakeshore. Reports so far have been about garter, western fox, ring necked and water snakes, all nonvenomous.

Night sky viewing

If you are planning to come up to Newport to visit our dark sky park, it is always a good idea to come during the day to familiarize yourself with the viewing areas. Although the skies here are always beautiful, plan your visit around new moon for the very darkest skies.

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.


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].


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

More information

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


Last revised: Thursday August 02 2018