7 Reasons why Whitefish Bay Dunes State Park is a must visit
We love Whitefish Bay Dunes State Park and you will too!
The long beautiful beach is a great walk and goes on forever! With the rise of the water over the past few years, the beach has significantly eroded and made the pathway from the visitor center to the beach left unusable. To access the beach, you must hike through the trails to get to the beach. And sunbathing space has dissapeared as well now that the dunes are slowly being eroded by waves on larger storm days.
The hiking trails are great and there are no bikes allowed which makes for peaceful walks, the state park puts on numerous educational talks and walks throughout the summer. Join our Door County Hiking & Photography tour if you want to find some more fun spots to learn about and photo.
Kayaking and surfing
Surfing can be tricky at this location due to the numerous rip tides and significant amount of water movement. As well when there are waves, it is usually quite windy as well. Make sure to wait until the wind goes west and offshore to try and surf. Kayaking at Whitefish Bay Dunes state Park is also a bit harder now that the pathway to the beach is eroded, making the portage much longer. It is better to launch your kayak from either Schauer Park or Whitefish Bay Dunes boat launch down south near the pier in the bay. Make sure to be mindful of water temperature at all times of the year and waves if you are considering heading towards Cave Point County Park.
I have hosted a party for my daughters first year birthday. It was a great space and really enjoyable view of the water. Make sure you reserve the space if you are thinking of it, as it can book up quickly. A great little event space for birthday parties and BBQ.
Cross Country Skiing
Winter Cross Country Skiing trails are hosted during the winter and the park offers candle lit night skis during certain dates. Grab your skis and head out to the trails after a nice snowfall.
Swimming, the lake takes till July to warm up, but as long as the wind doesn’t go off shore, the water stays warm. Bring a floaty and your chairs while you relax in the shallow waters.