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Newport State Park
475 County Highway NP
Ellison Bay WI 54210

Newport State Park Current conditions


Newport State Park is located along a rugged shoreline near the north east end of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula. Designated a Wilderness Area by the Wisconsin DNR, it offers almost 30 miles of hiking and biking trails. Through boreal forest, wooded uplands, meadows and 11 miles of shoreline, there is something for everyone.

As of Jan. 29, cross-country ski trails have been groomed and tracked. Conditions are great. Be aware however, that temperatures are going to plummet tonight into tomorrow, with frigid, record breaking conditions expected until the end of the week.

Newport winter map [PDF].

Cross-country ski trail conditions.


Winter Strom Beth blessed us with about 8 inches of new snow this past week. There was a base of about 6-8 inches, so trails are in great shape. 
Wildlife has been hunkered down during the snowstorm, but birds are reappearing at area feeders. Chickadees, nuthatches and all kinds of woodpeckers are regular visitors. Turkeys are coming around in small flocks. Evening Grosbeaks have come back to platform feeders after being MIA during the storm.
Europe Lake at the north end of the park has a thick layer of ice and is welcoming those who want to ice fish.
Time to enjoy all that winter has to offer but give it a few days for the Polar Vortex to pass.



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

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.

More information

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

Last revised: Tuesday January 29 2019