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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

Winter closures: First and Second Beach access points and access to Old Baldy are closed for winter.  The beach will not be accessible in the winter due to high water levels of Lake Michigan. The boardwalk on the Brachiopod Trail is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. 


Due to heavy wet snow and then followed by rain, the ski trails are in poor condition. Classic skiing only. Ski trails are Red, Yellow, and Green trails.  No hiking, snowshoeing, biking, or dogs allowed on ski trails.   

Snowshoeing and hiking is allowed on the Black trail and also the new loop parking in the Pine lot and walking to Whitefish Creek. Please pick up a map or stop by the Nature Center for guidance.  Leashed dogs are allowed on hiking and snowshoeing trails only.   


A few inches of fresh snow this week which is enough to look for animal tracks. There has been several sightings of deer along the Black trail.


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 not allowed on ski trails, office, picnic shelter or picnic area.

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:

  • 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: Friday January 11 2019