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Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
Whitefish Dunes State Park is a 867acre state park of Wisconsin, United States, on the eastern shore of the Door Peninsula. This day-use park preserves the most substantial sand dunes on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The remains of eight successive prehistoric Native American villages are on the National Register of Historic Places as Whitefish Dunes-Bay View Site.HistoryFrom 100 B.C. to the later 1800s there is evidence of early settlers. The North Bay people occupied the area from 100 B.C. to A.D. 300, leaving pottery in the dunes. Their descendants, the Heins Creek people, then occupied the area. In the Late Woodland period, there were two occupations: a group settling there from A.D. 800-900, and the Oneota, who arrived around A.D. 900. In the early 1800s, fishing camps were established in the area, including one by New Englander James Pearson Clark. Maritime trade began to grow.RecreationRecreational activities at Whitefish Dunes include hiking, fishing, canoeing, boating, and swimming. There are several picnic tables located throughout the park and shelters to rent. During the winter there is skiing and snowshoeing.The Whitefish Dunes Nature Center features exhibits about the ecology, geology and cultural history of the park. The center is open year-round. There are programs offered for children and adults to learn about the park's natural history and cultural history. Naturalists are available to answer questions as well as give tours.
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  • We stopped on a Stormy day and had the beach all to ourselves. The waves were amazing and serene. We were able to walk the entire length of the park and other come across one other couple. Then we hik...  read more »
  • We had a very enjoyable time puttering around on the beach, enjoying the sun and sand. Climbed to the top of "Old Baldy" sand dune, but the view was disappointing. There's a nice interpretive display ...  read more »
  • Very pretty area with a nice walking beach. It is a nice spot to enjoy a lunch and take in the scenery. 
  • One of the most scenic places I've been to! Visited in summer! I'll definitely come back in fall and winter.
  • Great park with lots to do. On the other side on Clark Lake, there's a small, but nice Beach that's shallow and WARM and nice( compared to Lake Michigan)! According to assume if the locals who are regulars there, it doesn't get any warmer than this Clark Lake in Door County.
  • My wife and I came here for our anniversary to go hiking and it was totally worth it. It was absolutely beautiful in late October. It almost felt like we were on the ocean
  • Amazing hiking trails and a beautiful lake that's swimmable for dogs and humans.
  • Beachside park well worth the visit either in summer or midwinter.
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