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Whitefish Dunes State Park
3275 Clark Lake Road
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235

Whitefish Dunes State Park Activities and recreation

Hiking Hiking

Whitefish Dunes State Park has 14.5 miles of hiking trails. Please do not climb on the sand dunes and stay on the park's designated trails and stairs to protect the rare plant and animal species that call Whitefish Dunes home.

Biking Biking

Biking is allowed on designated bike trails only; near the office along the Red Trail to S. Cave Point Drive, the 3rd beach access to Clark Lake Road, and from the office to Schauer Road.

Biking is not allowed on the beach/dunes or hiking trails.

Picnicking Shelters Picnic areas

Whitefish Dunes State Park's picnic area includes charcoal grills, picnic tables, a reservable shelter building and a water fountain for drinking water. This area is near the parking lot overlooking the shore of Lake Michigan.

Swimming Swimming and Lake Michigan

Swimming is available in Lake Michigan. Please use caution. No lifeguards are present.

Please remember that no campfires, glass, grills or metal detectors are allowed on the beach.

Lake Michigan is a nice place to cool off on a hot summer day.Lake Michigan can produce dangerous rip currents [exit DNR]. These currents are most serious when large waves are present. Rip currents typically occur within 200 yards of the ramp leading to the beach. Signs and buoys identify this area. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore. Rip currents are seldom wider than 30 feet.

Canoeing & Kayaking Boating, canoeing and kayaking

There is no boat launch at the park. Users of small watercraft or floatation devices should be aware of the wind conditions on Lake Michigan. Strong west winds can blow watercraft away from the shoreline. Parents, watch your children at all times. Rubber rafts and other boats require personal floatation devices.

Pets Pets

Pets are not allowed on the section of beach from the nature center to the third beach access from April 1 to November 1. The pet beach access is about a 0.75-mile walk from the parking lot. To reach this area, walk your pet from the parking area down the Red trail and then onto the beach. Here are a few simple rules to ensure that you, your pet and other visitors will enjoy the park. These rules apply to all pets except service animals assisting people with disabilities.

  • Pets must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet at all times.
  • Be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your pet.
  • Pets are prohibited in state buildings and picnic areas.
  • Pet area map [exit DNR]

The beach access ramp near the nature center and the first access stairway south of the nature center have been posted with "No Pets" signs. Park staff monitor pet activity on the beach very closely.

Fishing Fishing

Fishing is available in Clark Lake. The Clark Lake Spur trail provides access to Clark Lake from the park. Fishing licenses apply.

Anglers of any age may check out basic fishing equipment free of charge at the park office. This equipment was donated by the Tackle Loaner Program. Call the park office to find out what equipment is available.

Hunting Trapping Hunting and trapping

Hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the park during the Wisconsin state parks hunting and trapping time frame. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails. Certain trap types are restricted on state park properties. For more information, please see:

Winter Activities Winter activities

When there's snow, the Red, Green and Yellow trails are groomed and can be used for diagonal skiing. The Black trail is open for snowshoeing.

Park staff do not monitor ice conditions on the lakes. Be extremely cautious of ice conditions at all times.

Last revised: Tuesday September 12 2017