Whitefish Dunes State Park

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Whitefish Dunes State Park

Wisconsin

(920) 823-2400

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Overview

Whitefish Dunes State Park, established in 1967, is an 865-acre day use park on Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula. Set aside to protect the fragile dune environment, Whitefish Dunes has more visitors than any other day use park in Wisconsin.

Enjoy strolling along Lake Michigan, watching waterfowl at Clark Lake, using the boardwalk to discover the wetlands or relaxing on one of the many trails throughout the forested sand dunes and beech forest. Trails are open year round and eight miles are groomed for skiing in winter.

Map of Whitefish Dunes (WI)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.921192, -87.201470

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Clark Lake is a popular spot to see waterfowl.

  • Bicycling

    Visitors can spend their visit to the park riding their bicycles on the paved roads.

  • Fishing

    Lake Michigan and Lake Clark provide ample opportunities for anglers to try their luck.

  • Hiking

    Brachiopod Trail: Hike and learn about the plants and animals of Whitefish Dunes State Park and how its geology affects all life there. The 1.5-mile interpretive trail will introduce you to some of the treasures this special area has to offer.

    Pine Plantation Trail: Hike this .25-mile loop and follow the changes of the plantation through time.

  • Historic Sites

    The park features programs, exhibits and brochures on archeology, highlighting the importance of eight significant Native American villages, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the nature center offers displays on ecology, geology and human history of the park. Programs for all ages are presented year round at the park.

  • Hunting

    Contact the park for hunting rules and regulations.

  • Picnicking

    A picnic shelter building can not be reserved from November 1 through April 1. It can be reserved 11 months in advance for private parties, family reunions, and gatherings. If you are interested in reserving the shelter building, contact the park for more information and availability of dates.

  • Water Sports

    The park has beach access for swimmers.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The variety of plant and animal life at Whitefish Dunes is considerable. When looking for a particular plant or animal, determine the type of habitat in which it lives. Learning whether wildlife prefers forest, wetland, or open field will make it easier to identify what you are seeing. On an early spring morning overlooking the beach one may see white-tailed doe and fawn drinking from the lake. Red fox tracks are found throughout the forested dunes while red squirrels chatter from trees as you hike by. Mammals are seldom seen but traces of them can be found throughout the park. Tracks in fresh mud, pile of hair and bones from last night's meal, or scat along side the trail are all ways to "see" mammals at the park.

    To learn more about the different types found at the park attend one of the many naturalist programs throughout the year. If you have a question about something you see, please visit the nature center and ask for the naturalist.

  • Winter Sports

    Trails are open year round, and 8 miles are groomed for skiing in winter.

Seasonality/Weather

Whitefish Dunes is a day use park without camping facilities. Park hours are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, although the gate does not open until 8 a.m. The park is open all year

Park Partners

Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park

The Friends of Whitefish Dunes was organized for the charitable and educational purpose of supporting, assisting, and promoting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with interpretive, scientific, historical, educational, and related visitor services at Whitefish Dunes State Park. They endeavor to support the park, which is an oasis of the original natural diversity and managed to enhance encounters with nature.

The friendly use of the park's many outstanding natural features furthers the quiet, safe, and friendly atmosphere visitors expect. The Friends seek to enhance such memorable experiences and help park staff better serve visitor needs through their contributions.

(920) 823-2400

Directions

Driving

Whitefish Dunes State Park is located in Northeast Wisconsin two miles northeast of Whitefish Bay.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(920) 823-2400

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