Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan

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Kohler-Andrae State Park comprises two adjacent Wisconsin state parks located in the town of Wilson, a few miles south of the city of Sheboygan. They are managed as one unit. Terry Andrae State Park, established in 1927, and John Michael Kohler State Park, established in 1966, total 988acre. The parks contain over two miles (3 km) of beaches and sand dunes along the shore of Lake Michigan, with woods and wetlands away from the water. The Black River flows through the parks. The park protects threatened plants.HistoryThe land which is now Terry Andrae State Park is sandy, so it could not be used by early European immigrants for growing crops or grazing cattle. Frank Theodore (Terry) Andrae was the president of Milwaukee's Julius Andrae and Sons' Electric Supply Company. He purchased 92acre in 1924 from a retired fisherman and later added another 30acre. He built a two-story house which overlooked Lake Michigan in the present campgrounds. This, their second house, was used to entertain guests. Mrs. Andrae hired forestry consultants to reforest their property. After Mr. Andrae died in 1927, Elsbeth Andrae donated the 122acre to the State of Wisconsin in memory of her husband Terry. Terry Andrae State Park opened in 1928.In April 1966, Kohler Company donated 280acre immediately north of Terry Andrae State Park to the state of Wisconsin. It was named John Michael Kohler State Park in memory of the founder of the company.
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  • Unfortunately it was too cold, 0 degrees, to walk the beach but seeing the mist coming off the waves made up for it.  more »
  • We go to Kohler-Andrae several times a year with the family and with Scouts. It doesn't matter what time of year, there are always things to enjoy. Plenty of walking trails on the dunes, cordwalk, or ...  more »
  • I visit the park 12 months a year unless I'm traveling elsewhere. It is a diverse location that includes woodlands, dunes, beaches on the shore of Lake Michigan, and marshland-all with ease of explora...  more »
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  • One of my most favorite beaches to hike on. The squeaky sand makes it super fun. I love the dunes, the beach, the woods, and the trails that are open to the public. Camping here is pretty awesome too, the noise curfew is great if you want to sleep early and wake up early and rested to hike, or do whatever other camping activities you're into. Super close to town and stores if you want to get other camping needs.
  • Beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline! Some camping spots are ideal for groups, because they are open to the sites around them. The cabin for handicap campers looks fabulous. Great marsh trail, and sand dunes trails with spectacular views of the lake. Peaceful and relaxing in the off season. Suggest reserving a site in advance, because they go quick.
  • Great park for camping or hiking. I love the trails on the dunes. The nature center has a good look out from the roof.
  • Great time here. Love the dunes. Excellent spot for some terrific photos.
  • We set up at a campsite around 10pm on a weekday. There was no body at the building but the drop box was super easy. Each campsite had a picnic table and a fire pit. It was my first time going camping. All in all, it was a great experience.

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