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Sturgeon Trail
Few places on earth can boast the annual spawning of enormous lake sturgeon. The Lake Winnebago system has the world’s largest single concentration of these amazing fish.
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Whitefish Dunes State Park
Description: Sitting on Door County Peninsula’s eastern shore, this park boasts fragile dune communities, the highest sand dune in the state, plus shorebirds, songbirds, and northwoods mammals.

Wildlife to Watch: The beach is excellent for viewing herring and ringbilled gull and spotted sandpiper in summer and Bonaparte’s gull and common and Caspian tern in spring and fall. In winter, snowshoe hare put on coats of white, while hairy and downy woodpecker, tree sparrow, dark-eyed junco, chickadee, and an occasional snowy owl stop to visit. All through winter, diving ducks such as bufflehead and goldeneye can be seen from the nature center deck. Typical park mammals include white-tailed deer, red fox, porcupine, red squirrel, and raccoon. Mink and fisher are elusive residents. Evidence of the pileated woodpecker can be seen throughout the hardwood forests.

Special Tips: Nature center has maps, exhibits, and seasonal programs. PLEASE STAY ON DUNE CORDWALKS.

Ownership: WDNR 
Size: 867 acres 
Closest Town: Valmy

RestroomsParkingHikingPicnic tablesHandicap AccessibleFee

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Bonaparte's Gull - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Take WI 57 north from Sturgeon Bay. Proceed 1 mile past Valmy. Take first right onto Clark Lake Road; go 3 miles to entrance.

For more information please call (414) 823-2400.

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Whitefish Dunes State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area