Whitefish Dunes State Park
Whitefish Dunes State Park is an 863 acre park in Door County, Wisconsin that has beautiful hiking trails a Lake Michigan beach, and the highest sand dunes in Wisconsin.
First Option To Enter Park
You can explore the trail along the shoreline of Lake Michigan from Cave Point County Park to Whitefish Dunes State Park. After viewing Cave Point and you are returning toward parking head along the shore by the gazebo to pick up the trail. If you use this option, you will not be charged an entrance fee.
If you park at Cave Point (free parking) and use the trail, it is a very short walk with views of the lake, rocks and native plants along the way.
If you chose to enter and park by car, there is a choice of purchasing a daily Wisconsin State Park pass or a yearly pass. I highly recommend purchasing the yearly pass if you plan on spending a few days in Door County.
The pass will get you into all the state parks in Door County, the county parks are all no-fee access parks.
List of State Parks in Door County:
Whitefish Bay State Park (You are looking at it)
Peninsula State Park
Newport State Park
Potawatomi State Park
Rock Island State Park (Obtainable by boat)
3275 Clarks Lake Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Inside Whitefish Dunes State Park
The nature center inside the park. Stop off here for a trail map and get any questions you may have answered.
The view to the right off the end of the platform overlooks the aquamarine colored Lake Michigan water and start of the sand dune beach.
The park is dog-friendly, but if you are looking to head to the beach area that allows dogs, you will have to walk down the trail a bit.
The trails are all nicely groomed and well maintained. The trail markers are extremely clear as well.
You can stop off and view from afar some of the earlier reconstructions along the path.
There are several on both sides of the trail that can be viewed from behind a wooden corral.
This is the first access point to the sand dunes. Have a dog – keep trucking by.
View from the top of the step reveals beauty!
Sign to my left. Stay off the areas that have the signs or you will be fined.
Turning around and heading back down the steps because I want to go down to the doggy beach.
Along the trail, there is a nice canopy of shade trees, benches, and bathrooms with ample room for changing into swim gear.
View heading down to the beach.
The beach sand is soft and warm and the lake water is cold but refreshing.
This is a calm day on Lake Michigan with a perfect rhymic wave action going, it could easily lull anyone to sleep. But, the Lake isn’t always this calm.
We decided to walk the beach from the doggy area back to the first stair set. The beach is wider in certain areas and has native plants growing along the areas that are closed off to human foot traffic.
If you ever wanted to try your hand at kayaking here is a good place to do so. They have rentals.
Back at the stair set.
Thanks for tagging along on my little adventure today. Enjoy your day!!
Additional Door County Places To Explore: