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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

First Beach Access: The First Beach Access at Whitefish Dunes is closed until further notice due to high water and erosion of the shoreline.

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


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.

Shoreline on June 17.


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


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 is a great time for birding along the Lake Michigan shoreline. This week there were sightings of red-breasted mergansers, goldeneyes, and buffleheads. The bird feeder has been busy with red-headed woodpeckers, indigo buntings, hummingbirds, and red breasted woodpeckers. Visitors also spotted painted turtles on the Green Trail by Clark Lake. Yellow lady slippers and columbine are in full bloom.  If you look closely while you hike you might see one of the fawns spotted recently in the park.

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 June 20 2018