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Kohler-Andrae State Park
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Kohler-Andrae State Park
Description - The Kohler-Andrae State Park is two adjacent state parks encompassing approximately 1,000 acres along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan. The natural areas of Kohler contain active and stabilized dunes and several vegetated interdunal ponds. The park is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore. Four hundred plant species have been identified including sand reed, Canada wildrye, marram grass, juniper, sand cherry and several willow species. Commonly seen wildlife include white-tailed deer, raccoons, beaver, and muskrat. Seen less often are mink, river otter, badger and coyote. In all, 33 wildlife species have been recorded along with 150 species of bird life.

Attractions - Kohler-Andrae State Park is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore and is open for everyone to explore and enjoy. The Sanderling Nature Center highlights the unique natural areas of this lakefront park. Scheduled nature hikes and programs sponsored by a dedicated park naturalist are available during the summer. Tour the center's many interesting displays of the park's animals, history, great lakes fishery, and wildflowers.

The park has two self-guided nature trails: Creeping Juniper Nature Trail is a half mile long and located just south of the nature center. It features nature signs and a winding pathway through beautiful sand dunes; Woodland Dunes Nature Trail (ADA segment) runs through a heavily wooded section of the park south of the campground with signage describing many of the park's unique trees. Other trails offer an up close view of an interdunal marsh area, open prairie and mixed woodlands. Horses and mountain bikes are welcome on designated trails ($).

The park's campground has 105 sites, with 49 sites offering electric hookup. Open all year, each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. Campsites for those with disabilities are available. Two group campsites have a combined capacity of 50 persons. This is a tent area only. Firewood and Sunday worship available in summer. Camping reservations are available online or by calling a toll-free reservation number. Contact information is listed below.

The park offers a 200-yard-long beach complete with golden sand dunes, bathhouse, snack area and volleyball court.

Boating and fishing are natural pursuits of Lake Michigan. Even though the park does not offer launch facilities, ramps are nearby. Shoreline fishing is permitted.

In winter, outdoor lovers descend on the park. Offerings include camping facilities with electric hookup, candlelight ski and hiking events, sledding, wildlife and winter bird watching, and snowshoeing. An indoor warming shelter complete with fireplace is a popular gathering spot.

Several miles north of the park (Twelfth and Panther in Sheboygan) lies the popular attraction of Sheboygan Indian Mound Park. Explore the 18 effigy and burial mounds, view an encased burial rite, and course along an interpretive trail down to Hartman Creek.

Recreation - A variety of recreations please a wide spectrum of outdoor appetites. There are multi-use trails, nature trails, equestrian trails, scenic beachfront, four-season camping, shoreline fishing, extensive nature programming, picnicking, snowmobiling, tobogganing, and cross-country skiing.

Climate - Southeast Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. January's average temperature is above 16 degrees F (-9 degrees C). Average July temperature is 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Southeast Region can range from 20 - 50". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.

Location - Kohler-Andrae State Park is located in Southeast Michigan four miles south of Sheboygan and east of Interstate 43.

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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a beautiful camping area with plenty of trees. The biggest attraction for a famliy with kids is the beach, especially when it's hot. So bring your beach toys in additon to the camping gear. We got a site that was too exposed, not enough trees to block the sun (90 degrees) but we were able to switch to a better one. Yesterday (July 17th) there was a sudden storm so the campsite is a bit of a mess the next few days, with some trees down and small branches everywhere but I'll bet the clean up will be quick.

Filed By: Milwaukee Camper (Greenfield, WI)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: The scenery is beautiful... rolling sand dunes, pine tree forests, the unblemished beauty of Lake Michigan. The reason I give this a "neutral" is because we camped in the group campsite, which left a lot to be desired. The two group sites (A and B) are right next to each other with nothing separating them. The pit toilets (although clean) were located on the far north end of site A, so people from site B had to stomp through our campsite to get to the toilets. Site A also had very few trees to block the roaring winds off the lake. And they were roaring... even though it's June, the temps were in the low 60's during the day and high 30's at night, and the wind was out of the East. The "ground" of site A consisted of nothing but sand and ant hills... which, the ants weren't bad (it looked a LOT worse) but there was sand in EVERYTHING. By the end of the weekend any exposed skin felt sandblasted. Okay, so that's it for the bad. Here's the good: Group Site B had more trees to block the wind, and both sites had a lot of room for a lot of people (we had 15 people / 7 tents). There was ample parking at the sites and also a short distance up the road. The beauty of this state park is top notch. The trails are nice... there's a cord walk that goes through the dunes making it much easier to walk on than sand and preserving the nature by keeping you on a dedicated path. There are showers and a laundry available in the main campground (individual/family sites). As is my experience with most Wisconsin State Parks, all amenities are well kept and clean. Wood was available from the Ranger Station, and ice was available from the Camp Host.

Filed By: Dave Miller (Sheboygan, WI)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Just a couple of corrections to the overall description of Kohler-Andrae State Park. The Location is mis-stated as "Southeast Michigan" and of course it should be Southeast Wisconsin". The park entrance is about a mile east of Interstate 43 at Exit 120 on County Highway V. Kohler-Andrae Park is considered by many to be the prettiest park in the state, a reputation well deserved.

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Contact Information:
Kohnler-Andrae State Park, 1020 Beach Park Lane , Sheboygan, WI, 53081, Phone: 920-451-4080

Additional Information:
Southeast Wisconsin - Nestled among the dense population of Southeast Wisconsin are a dozen state parks, two fabulously wildlife-rich national refuges, vast state forestlands, and hundreds of miles of multi-use trails.
Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers - Wisconsin is a land of lakes and rivers. The state boasts over 15,000 lakes, national and state protected rivers, and famed borders with the Mississippi, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.
Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas & Trails - Wisconsin showcases 86 state park system properties offering visitors an opportunity to hike, camp, swim, fish, and simply relax.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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