Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay

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#5 of 12 in Parks in Door County
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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  • If you are a non-resident they have a five dollar charge for an hours visit, it is a sticker for your vehicle no cost for passengers.. That was enough time for us to go through the nature center and s...  more »
  • I love walking along the beach for a long time and then back. It was a beautiful fall day and pretty warm, not crowded. You do pay for parking but everyone should realize that the state of Wisconsin d...  more »
  • There are what seem to be endless miles of beach. We spent several hours walking the beach and walking along the bluffs. We definitely got a great bit of exercise out of it.  more »
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  • Beautiful park. Rolling waves, sandy beaches. Changing rooms and vault toilets. Beach wheelchairs for the handicapped and elderly are available. Park office has a great display area about the park. One of my favorite places to visit.
  • Based on the reviews I'm not sure if this is common, but we were here July 3 and the beach and shoreline were strewn with tons of dead white fish (cue speculation on how the beach got its name). Most people were swimming in the riptide area because there was less dead fish that you had to wade through. Very pretty if you could ignore the bloody fish that the brave people who entered the water had to step on in order to get in.
  • Great park and lots of picnic tables and location. Some dead fish where a bit of a strong smell but beaches were amazing!
  • The nature center is staffed by well informed, fascinating staff. My husband and I chatted a great deal with the ranger who made the visit truly fascinating. We then hiked down the shoreline on a bitter winter day. The beauty of this park helped us forget about the cold making this a absolutely lovely experience.
  • Beautiful views and trails. Will definitely be back again!

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