Kohler-Andrae State Park

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, WI

Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the home of majestic sand dunes, miles of golden beach, shimmering blue Lake Michigan water, whispering pines, an abundance of wildlife, and recreational activities for everyone.

Muskrats, master architects, build domed homes in the Black River marsh. Year-round, this 1,000-acre scenic gem on the shore of Lake Michigan with woods and wetlands away from the water offers a peaceful feeling. Relax in a shady campsite, the Sanderling Nature Center with its nature exhibits, multi-media lecture hall and educational programs, and trails for horseback riding and cross-country skiing, walk barefoot on two miles of beach, tour the nature center, or stroll along two nature trails, RV dump station, vending machines and firewood available seasonally. The Black River flows through the parks. In addition, coyotes may be seen or heard on occasion. Many birds live and nest in the park, ranging from ducks, gulls, and shorebirds to woodland warblers, vireos, sparrows and marshland rails and herons.

The Black River Marsh Boardwalk is on the west side of the campground just off the main campground road. The 1/4-mile boardwalk offers a unique opportunity to walk out over the marsh, past the nesting ponds, west to the Black River. It is accessed north of the park on County Highway V. It passes through open fields, woodlands, and evergreen forests. Horses and mountain bikes are allowed on the trail. Black River Marsh Boardwalk is a quarter mile boardwalk through a wetland and marvel at the delicate ecosystem’s unusual trees and plants. It is accessed near site.

The Dunes Cordwalk trails just north and south of the nature center in the state natural area. Hikers walk on a 2 1/2 mile "cordwalk" (boards and rope) through the dunes with three lookout points and benches overlooking Lake Michigan and a rare interdunal marsh area. The Black River Trail is in the northwest section of the park just off County Hwy. V. The 2.5-mile trail winds through open prairie, mixed woodlands and a red pine plantation.

Used to be called Terry Andrae State Park (due to the names John Michael Kohler and Terry Andrae). 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 during the spring and fall. Picnic area offers a playground, volleyball court, baseball diamond, and grills. Boating and fishing are natural pursuits of Lake Michigan.

There are two self-guided nature trails in the park:

The Creeping Juniper Nature Trail (0.5 mile trail) just south of the nature center winds through beautiful sand dune areas of the park. This trail is an extension of your Sanderling Nature Center visit. Rare vegetation is highlighted. There are sand dunes along the Creeping Juniper Trail, the south beach area, the red pine plantation along the Black River Trail, the main beach and north beach areas, and the Sanderling Nature Center, along with printable maps of the park and campground.

The Woodland Dunes Nature Trail (1 mile trail) runs thorough a heavily wooded section of the park south of the campground. Woodland Dunes is one of the premier birding areas in the county. Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve is an oasis of globally significant wildlife habitat located between Manitowoc and Two Rivers, Wisconsin. It is a 1,200-acre area rife with marshland, swamps, sandy fields and meadows, making it a perfect place to escape the noise and bustle of the city and explore nature's abundance. Visitors can hike along the six immaculately maintained nature trails populated by a variety of animals and beautiful yellow buttercups, slowly waving cattails and towering trees.

Enjoy the park during winter by cross-country skiing, Candlelight ski and hike events, camping, snowshoeing, hiking, and sledding. Self-guiding nature signs throughout the trail describe many of the unique trees a visitor experiences within Kohler-Andrae. A shorter, level, limestone trail, which makes up the first portion of the Woodland Dunes Trail, is available for the mobility impaired visitors of the park.

The park is open all year. Winter activities include winter camping in 28 electric sites, sledding / tobogganing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. One campsite consists of an authentic Native American tepee which is available for rent.

Map Of Kohler-Andrae State Park
Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park
Private Campgrounds and Camping Reservations

Kohler-Andrae State Park in the City of Sheboygan - Sheboygan County (Southeast WI).


Kohler-Andrae State Park
1020 Beach Park Ln
Sheboygan, WI 53081
United States
920-451-4080, Toll Free: 888-947-2757
920-457-9491 ext 2304 (Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce)

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