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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

Park closures: First beach access is closed due to high water levels on Lake Michigan. The boardwalk on the Brachiopod Trail is closed until further notice due to safety concerns.

Hiking Trails

All trails open to hiking except the Brachiopod Trail.  At this time beach access is open at second beach and third beach if you have pets. The suggested trail at this time is the Red trail which is almost a three mile loop hiking to the tallest sand dune Old Baldy.  Please pick up a map or stop by the Nature Center for guidance. Leashed dogs are allowed on hiking trails.

Ski Trail


This is a great time of year for birding at the park. Buffleheads and common mergansers have been very active along the shoreline this week. A lot of birds at the bird feeder by the office. Downy woodpeckers, red-winged blackbirds, juncos and also pileated woodpeckers have been spotted.


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 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:

  • Most days the office is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday the office may be closed and staff may be out in the park.

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 May 07 2019