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Winter Recreation

Whitefish Dunes State Park

When there's snow, the Red, Green and Yellow trails are groomed and can be used for diagonal skiing. The Black trail is open for snowshoeing.

Park staff do not monitor ice conditions on the lakes. Be extremely cautious of ice conditions at all times.

Snowshoeing trail

Black trail (2.5 miles)

The Black trail is 2.5 miles long, but also has a shorter loop available. The trail takes hikers through a forest of mixed hardwoods and many exposed rocks. The dolomitic limestone bedrock near the surface is part of the Niagara Escarpment which underlies all of Door County and forms the rock ledges of nearby Cave Point.

Cross-country skiing trails

Green trail (1.8 miles)

The Green trail travels along a forested old dune, through a lowland area which supports the growth of white pine and hemlock trees and back through a beech-maple forest.

Red trail (2.8 miles)

The Red trail is 2.8 miles long, but also has a shorter loop available. The trail takes hikers to "Old Baldy," the tallest dune in the park, which rises 93 feet above lake level. Old Baldy has an observation platform, for views of Lake Michigan and Clark Lake. A boardwalk and stairs lead to the top.

Yellow trail (4.2 miles)

The Yellow trail branches off the Green trail at its farthest point. From the dune area, the Yellow trail goes through a cool, quiet, red pine plantation and then back through a wooded dune area.