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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  • We often stop to hike or snow shoe when the weather permits. The trails are well marked and groomed in the winter. I wish there was more for snow shoeing. We only swim minimum since the lake is always...  more »
  • Lots of great trails in wooded areas, open spaces and sand dunes along with a very spacious beach on Lake Michigan. There is a lot to do and see every season.  more »
  • Took 6 grandkids for a day trip and was very pleased with the picnic areas and the obvious care taken to keep the entire park clean and inviting !! the nice sandy beash area was a big plus !!  more »
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  • We had a wonderful winter camping experience. The lake was beautiful -- emerging from the fog dark, muddy, ominous, brooding and broiling. The dunes, covered with snow and with their stubble of milkweed and brambles, and, with the interspersed evergreen patches and birch clumps, were also beautiful. And, hiking the trails over them was invigorating. The campsites were comfortable, with electricity and sheltered in the fir trees. Water taps and clean buildings with pit toilets were nearby.
  • There needs to be closer more accessible overflow parking. In the busy days in the summer if you can't find a spot in the beach parking lot the overflow lot is at least a 20 minute walk to the beach when the shuttle isn't running which is often. You also get a huge ticket if you attempt to park on the grass. Which there is space to do.
  • This is great place to camp, hike, ride bikes and the beach! Campground gets full very fast and there is little chance to get a spot on Fridays morning if you do not have reserved campsite. Even if campground is full, it does not feel crowded. Not all restrooms have running water. There are free hot showers.
  • 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 here year round. Whether you're out for a picnic or camping for a week, you'll love this place. Lots of walking paths, a great beach and plenty of places for rec activities.
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