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Newport State Park
475 County Highway NP
Ellison Bay WI 54210

Newport State Park Current conditions


Winter does not want to leave us this year. There is still about 4-8 inches of snow on the trails, with another late storm coming for the weekend (April 14-15). Early predictions are calling for an additional 10-20 inches of snow, so check with the park before heading out. Ski trails are no longer being groomed.

Newport winter map [PDF].


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


Birds are slowly returning, even with the abundance of snow. Woodcocks are around and peenting. Bluebirds and yellow-rumped warblers have been spotted. With the current wintry conditions, juncos are still hanging around. Waterfowl such as the golden eye and red-breasted merganser have been spotted on open water. A pair of young bald eagles are regular visitors to the shoreline as well.

Night sky viewing

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.


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 April 12 2018