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Contact information
For information, contact:
Whitefish Dunes State Park
3275 Clark Lake Road
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235

Whitefish Dunes State Park Current conditions


Cross-country ski trail conditions.

Please remember during winter that hiking, snowshoeing and pets are not allowed on the groomed cross-country ski trails (Green, Yellow and Red trails). Hikers and snowshoers may hike the Black Trail or along the beach.

Ice formations: Lake Michigan ice formations are very beautiful, but extremely unstable, please stay off these structures for your safety. Remember, park staff do not monitor ice conditions.

Old Baldy: During winter, access to Old Baldy is closed for the season.

Brachiopod Trail boardwalk: The boardwalk on the Brachiopod Trail is closed until further notice due to safety concerns.


In winter pets are allowed on the Black hiking trail and beach shoreline as long as on a leash 8-feet or shorter at all times. Pet waste must be picked up by the owner and bags are available at multiple locations throughout the park. Pets are not allowed on any of the ski trails. If you have questions, please ask park staff for more information.


Winter is a great time for birding along the Lake Michigan shoreline. There have been several common goldeneyes near the shoreline by the office and they are fun to watch bobbing in the waves. The bird feeder has been busy with downy, hairy, red-bellied woodpeckers and squirrels. If you ski the yellow trail out in the meadow there are many coyote tracks along the trail.

Lake Michigan shoreline.

Shelter building

The shelter building can be reserved from April 1 through October 31. If you are interested in reserving the shelter building, contact the park for more information and availability of dates. Please be respectful of others by cleaning up the shelter after using it.

More information

There is no camping at Whitefish Dunes State Park. The park is open daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nature Center Hours:

  • Fridays through Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays through Thursdays, closed

A vehicle admission sticker is required year-round. When the park office is closed, use the self-registration pay kiosk to buy admission stickers. Any annual sticker purchases will be mailed to you. If you self-register for an annual sticker please submit a check with your address or print legibly on the envelope for accurate mailing.

Last revised: Wednesday February 14 2018