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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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  • This 4 or 5 mile expanse of white sand beach on Lake Michigan takes you away from your average life stressors. With a great nature center and miles of "cord-walk" pathways through the natural dunes, y...  more »
  • I have been to Kohler-Andrae (called "Terry Andre" by locals) more than a dozen times, to swim, bum on the beach, camp, or picnic. It is a wonderful place to spend a day, or even a weekend. Be warned ...  more »
  • One of the most gorgeous WI state parks with endless sand beaches and unique natural areas. Worthy of a day visit our a several night camping destination any time of year. 
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  • Beautiful place to visit. We love the trails and the different beautiful areas to walk down to the water. You can also just park at the beach if you prefer. There was a playground and baseball field if you have kiddos. There may be more than one... it's a very large park. The downfall was paying $11 because our rental car (from Wisconsin) had out of state tags.
  • Close to Milwaukee for a quick, last minute, get-away tent camping. Our neighbors were a bit noisy, and the lights from the bathroom were bright on our tent all night, but we were close to the bathroom. Love the flippable grill on the fire ring. Nice trail to the beach with educational signs along the way. Beach was nice, skinny sandy strip, for walking. Would be great for a little row boat. We were there in late August and there were SO MANY MOSQUITOS, bring bug stuff and your own toilet paper- the stuff in the flushies was damp at night from all the fog.
  • 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!!!!
  • Nice, clean wooded campsites; clean facilities and beautiful trails. Great for families! Our toddler loved hiking the beautiful cordwalk aith us.
  • 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.