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Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
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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  • Beautiful area with dunes, beaches, forest. Great for camping (electric only) walking etc. We enjoyed the drive through and the vistas of Lake Michigan. Would love to spend more time there. 
  • There are several walks, some accessible, and there is access to the beach and the dunes. The park is clean and well-maintained. Came once during warm weather and it was really beautiful. There is an ...  read more »
  • We live 90 minutes away and had never visited this park/beach but had heard great things about it. Finally loaded a cooler with lunch and a few chairs in the car last weekend and embarked on a great d...  read more »
  • My mom and I were very excited to find a beach that had amazing trails,sand dunes,picnic areas, and beaches that were dog friendly. However as soon as we got there we were attacked by huge masses of some type of biting flies. We tried to wait it out and went towards the water but nothing helped the awful bites and we left there sprinting and now have at least 100 bites. I will forever have nightmares about this place. That said perhaps our bad experience had something to do with the time of year we went which was the middle of August. Be warned!!!!
  • Would love to give 5 stars, many aspects of this park certainly deserve it. But recently camped there with an extended family get together and we had a park ranger ruin the experience. Long story short, my son broke a rule by parking w/o sticker within park border line (100 yds into park on dead end Old Park road). Citation said to see ranger next day after 5pm, which he did, just to be told he'd be getting a $150 ticket in the mail. This is 3 days pay for this kid. Grew up in Sheboygan, been going there for decades, these rangers have become adversaries.
  • Stayed here on a bike trip around Lake Michigan. No mosquitoes and a lovely camp site under the trees. I stayed quite cozy in my tent under those trees through a wild thunder storm that lasted most of the night. Was very happy to be here.
  • This park alone was worth the price I paid for a year's state park pass. It's incredibly freeing to walk the cordwalk along the dunes and do so in relative solitude. As I've said elsewhere, this is truly a treasure of a park!
  • A unique take on a park on the lake. Very serene. A nice escape from urban areas. There are playgrounds for kids, a beach, nature trails that are well maintained. Nice camp grounds.
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