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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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  • Camped here for one night. First day arrived late afternoon. It was expensive to camp, $25 as a non-Wisconsinite to camp plus $11 for the vehicle to be in the park for 24 hours. But that's okay. The D...  more »
  • Kohler-Andrae is just about a half mile from my home, I often bicycle through it as it is bikell-friendly and has bike trails as well as trails marked off on the roadway which meander through the park...  more »
  • Very pretty view, but beach was all locals with lots of teenagers and Loud music. Didn't feel safe, nice houses though!  more »
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  • One of my favorite places in Wisconsin! Such a beautiful park with sand dunes, beach, trails, and camping sites. Well worth a visit!
  • It's been 10yrs since I last visited, but I'll forevermore remember it's breath taking beauty. Amazing how diverse the coastline is along Lake Michigan.
  • Beautiful sand dunes on shore of Lake Michigan. Great campinh. Clean. Hiking, and fishing.
  • The beach was great. Very clean. Best beach on Lake Michigan that I have been to.
  • Beautiful, clean beach accessible many ways via boardwalk/cordwalk, nature preserve, sand dunes, wooded areas, many varieties of birds and wildlife!

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