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Contact information
For information, contact:
Whitefish Dunes State Park
3275 Clark Lake Road
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
920-823-2400

Whitefish Dunes State Park Current conditions

First Beach Access: The First Beach Access at Whitefish Dunes is closed until further notice due to high water and erosion of the shoreline. While the First Beach Access is closed, access to the beach will be limited for disabled visitors.

Due to the First Beach Access closure, visitors with kayaks should launch at the Schauer Park boat launch north of Cave Point County Park.

A timber harvest starts October 15 through approximately the end of October, early November.  This is a 33-acre harvest thinning of the pine plantation out of the pine parking lot located on the south end of the park.  There will be trail closures occurring at the Red Pine Trail and parking lot, Whitefish Creek Spur, Red Pine Trail, and the mono color yellow trail. 

Trails

All trails are open to hiking. The recommended hiking trails at this time are the Red or Black trails.  Directions to get to the swimming beach is to hike the Red trail five minutes to second beach access.

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

Shoreline
View of the shoreline.

Events

See the DNR Events Calendar for a complete list of events at Whitefish Dunes State Park.

Pets

Pets must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet and under control at all times. Pets waste must be picked up. Pets are allowed on all hiking trails. The pet beach is open with an alternate hiking path on dune mats to the beach shoreline. To get to the pet beach the fastest way is to hike the Red Trail to the 3rd beach access. Pets are not allowed on the 1st and 2nd beach, in the office, picnic shelter or picnic area.

Nature

Leaf color is nearing peak.  This is a great time to hike the trails to see the leaves.  This week a visitor spotted a baby porcupine walking along the green trail.

Porcupine
Porcupine.

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:

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday 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: Monday October 15 2018