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Newport State Park
475 County Highway NP
Ellison Bay WI 54210

Newport State Park Current conditions


Since it is a little cooler on the northeast part of the peninsula, the wildflowers bloom a bit later here than other places. Our pockets of boreal forest offer glimpses of gaywings, thimbleberry, twin flower, jewelweed and dwarf lake iris, a plant on the state and federal threatened list.

Many of the migrating birds have moved through the area. Though many of the warblers have gone north, we still hear a lot of black throated greens. Pileated woodpeckers have been seen in the woods. White pelicans and bald eagles have been spotted along the lake shore.

Night sky viewing

Campers and visitors were treated to some clear nights for star gazing at Newport, Wisconsin’s only 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.


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: Tuesday June 12 2018