Newport State Park, Door County, WI


Another park we visited last September while on our weekend camping trip in Door County, WI was Newport State Park. This park is on the quiet side of the peninsula and the day we were there, it was almost totally empty. We had the beach to ourselves and saw nobody else on the hiking trails. We didn’t spend a lot of time here, but it was enough as this park doesn’t have as much to offer as Peninsula State Park on the other side of the county. A nice park, but not on my “must go to again” list.

Kohler Andrae State Park

Kohler Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, WI visited on July 29, 2018

Another state park off my list of parks to visit. This time we went to Kohler Andrae State Park in Sheboygan. This park is less than a half hour from our house, so it’s an easy one to visit in an afternoon. We’ve been here before and did some hiking, but the real attraction here is the beach. It’s right on Lake Michigan and the beach is easily accessible and very relaxing. We easily found a picnic spot with a table and a grill and after we ate, it was a short walk to the beach. There’s also a playground and camping available.

High Cliff State Park

High Cliff State Park in Sherwood, WI  Visited on July 9, 2016

This is a park that is close enough to us that we can go and spend an afternoon, which is what we did on this day. It is on the north end of Lake Winnebago and has a beach and hiking trails and a campground. It offers a great view of the lake.

Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park in Bagley, WI Visited on September 16-20, 2016

This park is located on the Mississippi River, right where the Wisconsin River flows into it. It has some of the best views I have seen in Wisconsin and is one of my favorite parks ever. There are campsites that are right on a bluff, overlooking the river. We didn’t plan our trip early enough to get one of these spots, but we will be back. One of the many hiking trails took us down a rather steep path and was then supposed to take us along the river. However, due to high water, the lower part of the trail was closed, so we had to go back up again. Another trail took us to a small cave with bats (not a fan of those, I didn’t go in). Sunsets over the river are amazing. I can’t wait to go back, get a campsite overlooking the bluff and watch the sunset from my campsite.

Harrington Beach State Park

Harrington Beach State Park in Belguim, WI Visited on August 14, 2016

Our stop here was totally unplanned. We were in Port Washington and found this park on the map and decided to stop. It’s right on Lake Michigan and has a beach and hiking. There’s also a small lake in the park. While hiking, we saw several deer (They were running, so the picture is a bit blurry). It’s a quiet, relaxing park between Port Washington and Sheboygan.

Governor Dodge State Park

Governor Dodge State Park in Dodgeville, WI visited on June 19, 2016

While we were camping at Yellowstone Lake, we made the short drive over to Governor Dodge State Park for a couple of hours. The park is too big to see it all in just an afternoon, so we will have to go back. We did a short hike to a waterfall and rode around a bit. I would love to camp there in the future.


Yellowstone Lake State Park

When I turned 50 a few months ago, I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do before I die. One of the things on this list is to visit every state park in Wisconsin. In the last couple of years, I have been to a few of them, so I am including them in my list of those I have visited.

Yellowstone Lake State Park  in Blanchardville, WI  Visited June 17-20, 2016

This was our first ever camping trip and was planned on fairly short notice. We chose this park because we had never been there and it had campsites available. We had a bit of trouble finding it, but weren’t disappointed when we finally arrived. The campground is very quiet and our neighbors weren’t close enough to intrude on each other.