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

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.


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.

View of the shoreline.


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

Candlelight Night Hike - Saturday, August 18, 2018. Join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes and Park Staff for the annual Whitefish Dunes State Park summer candlelight hike from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Stroll along part of the Red Trail that will be lit with candlelight luminaries for 0.75 miles and then return back to the Nature Center on the same trail. Popcorn and lemonade at the shelter provided by the Friends Group. If it is clear there will be telescopes set out to view the night sky. Please no pets. Strollers and wagons are not recommended. Event is free but park sticker required.


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.


This week the bird feeder had visits from hummingbirds. Thimbleberries are ripe and line most of the trails but also look out for poison ivy. This week visitors spotted two porcupines along the green trail high above in the tops of trees. There are lots of wildflowers in the park and it's a great time of year to hike.

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:

  • Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 August 15 2018