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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


Water levels remain high on Lake Michigan. There is not a kayak launch at the park until the water levels go down. For visitors that have their own kayak, it is suggested to launch at the Schauer boat launch north of Cave Point County Park.


Hiking Trails

All trails are open to hiking except the Brachiopod Trail. At this time beach access is open at second beach and third beach if you have pets. Due to high water levels, the best beach access is at the third beach which has a little more sand. There is not a lot of shoreline to hike along at this time. The suggested trail is the Red Trail which is about 1.5 miles to the tallest sand dune Old Baldy. Bug spray is recommended if hiking in the park. Please pick up a map or stop by the Nature Center for guidance.


This is a great time of year for birding at the park. A lot of birds are at the bird feeder by the office such as blue jays, cardinals and pileated woodpeckers have been spotted. Fall colors are just starting to turn at the park. Deer and turkeys have been seen along the trails in the park.  


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

The Friends of Whitefish Dunes are sponsoring a Fall Work Day on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.


Pets must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet and under control at all times. Pets waste must be picked up and there are pet waste containers in the parking lot. Pets are allowed on all hiking trails. Pets are allowed on the pet beach which is 0.75 miles hike down the Red Trail and use third beach access. Pet rules apply at the pet beach and must be leashed on shore. Pets are not allowed on the first or second beach, in the office, picnic shelter or picnic area.

Shelter building

The shelter building can be reserved from April 1 through October 31. 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:

  • Nature Center hours are limited this time of year.  Please pay for vehicle admission at the self-registration station or electronic pay station. 

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 October 22 2019