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Whitefish Dunes State Park
3275 Clark Lake Road
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
920-823-2400

Whitefish Dunes State Park Current conditions

Trails and shoreline

Water levels remain high on Lake Michigan and access to Old Baldy and the beach is severely limited due to shore erosion and icy conditions. When walking along the rocky shoreline, please remain on designated hiking trails.

The park has transitioned to winter trails system. Most trails are designated for cross-country skiing only when the trails are snow covered. The Black Trail and Winter Trail are open for hiking and snowshoeing. A portion of the Brachiopod Trail remains closed for renovations.

Winter Trail Map [PDF]

Shoreline
Photo by First Light Arts, Jim Perry

Nature

This is a great time of year for birding at the park. A lot of birds are at the bird feeder by the Nature Center such as blue jays, cardinals, chickadees and pileated woodpeckers. Many red and grey squirrels can also be spotted around the park. While it is rare to see other mammals, you may see fox, coyote, rabbit or deer tracks in the snow this time of year.

Whitefish Dunes is also home to a red pine plantation and a large population of American beech trees, both of which make for picturesque winter hiking in the park. While our unique, rocky Lake Michigan shoreline is incredible to behold this time of year, we do ask that people remain on designated hiking trails and use caution when near the rocky ledges.

Events

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

The Friends of Whitefish Dunes are sponsoring a Candlelight Ski/Hike on Saturday, January 25 from 5-8 p.m. The event is free but a vehicle admission sticker is required.

Pets

Pets must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet and under control at all times and pet waste must be picked up. Pets are allowed on all hiking and snowshoe trails. Pets are allowed on the pet beach but access is limited in winter since all trails leading to the pet beach are designated for cross-country skiing only. Pets, other than service animals, are not allowed in buildings or on groomed ski trails. 

Shelter building

The shelter building can be reserved April 1 through October 31. For all other dates please contact the Nature Center. Please be respectful of others by cleaning up the shelter after using it. Please call the park with any questions regarding the shelter building or reservations.

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:

  • The Nature Center is typically open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this time of year, but may be closed during inclement weather. Please pay for vehicle admission at the self-registration station or electronic kiosk when the Nature Center is closed.

A vehicle admission sticker is required year-round. When the nature center is closed, use the self-registration station or kiosk to buy admission stickers. Any annual sticker purchases will be mailed to you. If you self-register for an annual sticker please print legibly on the envelope for accurate mailing.

Last revised: Friday January 17 2020