Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay

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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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  • The views are beautiful, the hiking wonderful, and there is a pet friendly section of the beach. It was very clean and has a nice visitor/nature center.  more »
  • We always bring visitors to climb the rocks while listening to the waves crash. So invigorating and exciting. It is a challenge to dodge the splashes on a windy. Sometimes daring young people jump off...  more »
  • It has a lovely beach and a neat state park. However, the restrooms that are closest to the beach are in a pathetic state. It is smelly and it's hard to stay inside even for 30 seconds.I hope the park...  more »
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  • An absolute must! Stunning views. Beautiful walks. Decent trails. Bring a picnic!
  • Beautiful, cool park... huge sand dunes!!! The biggest in WI (possibly aside from some in the upper peninsula). Long, beautiful walk in from nice parking lot)
  • We have been to Whitefish Dunes twice and did the dog beach both times. It is AWESOME! Clear water, rolling waves and extremely well kept beaches - especially for a DOG BEACH! Great place to end a long day of hiking and let your pup have the time of its life!
  • Incredible park on Lake Michigan. Stunning scenery and pleasant walking paths.
  • Great park to visit. The trails through the woods are lush and beautiful. Lots of small wildlife. We saw squirrels, chipmunks, frogs, toads and even a snake. The beach was relaxing and clean, the water clear as can be.

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