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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


The park received about 26 inches of snow on April 15. All trails are open to hiking but snowshoes would be recommended with all the snow and drifts on the trails. The beach is free of snow for hiking. The park is done grooming trails for skiing this season.

Red Trail
The park received about 26 inches of snow on April 15.

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.


Pets are not allowed on the first and second sections of the beach April 1 through October 31. The shortest way to get to the section of beach that allows dogs is to hike the Red Trail 0.75 miles to the third beach access. Please remember that pet rules apply on the beach. Pets must be on a leash 8-feet or shorter and pet waste must be picked up by the owner. Bags are available at multiple locations throughout the park and there is a pet waste container at the third beach access. If you have questions, please ask park staff for more information.


This is a great time for birding along the Lake Michigan shoreline. There have been several common goldeneyes and buffleheads near the shoreline by the office and they are fun to watch bobbing in the waves. A visitor spotted an American woodcock along the trail this week. The bird feeder has been busy with juncos, American tree sparrows, woodpeckers and squirrels.

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: Tuesday April 17 2018