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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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  • This park is my favorite because there is a long beach, as well as wooded hiking trails. If you don't want to pay for the state park fee, you can park at cave point county park and walk the trails to ...  more »
  • This was my personal favourite of the state parks. Beautiful and easy hiking trails along the water with awesome views of the lake. We visited the dog beach which was quite a bit farther of a walk, bu...  more »
  • Such a beautiful place! It was a little chilly with some wind while we were there but it did not keep us from enjoying the scenery. This is one to have on your bucket list! 
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  • 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.
  • One of the most scenic places I've been to! Visited in summer! I'll definitely come back in fall and winter.
  • Other than sometimes being overcrowded (unless you plan the timing right) this is one of my favorite beach spots in Door. Beautiful white sand beaches, dunes, caves, and cliffs to jump off of into to the refreshing crystal clear water of Lake Michigan. I always make it a point to stop here
  • The beach is great and the water is nice and clear! Not a fan of waking almost a mile to the dog beach.
  • The beach wasn't too bad. Few twigs and sticks in the sand, but otherwise a nice place to lay out.