An 867-acre State Park located on the eastern shore of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula, Whitefish Dunes State Park protects the fragile dune environment for which the region is well known. It offers spectacular views of and access to Lake Michigan, as well as wetlands, beech forest, hiking trails and heaps of other opportunities for outdoor recreation.
But the best part of all is that leashed dogs are welcome to explore the beach with you, and there's even a designated doggy beach area. However, take note that dogs are not allowed on the section of beach from the nature center to the third beach access from April 1st to November 1st.
Pets are not only allowed on the beach but on all trails throughout Whitefish Dunes State Park, but you'll need to make sure your furry friend is leashed and under your control at all times. You'll also need to respect the rights of other park visitors and clean up after your dog whenever the need arises.
With that done, you and your dog can set about exploring this wonderful beach and surrounding area. The pet-friendly section of the beach is a lovely spot for dogs and their owners to take a stroll, dip their paws in the water and simply enjoy being beside the lake. Though it's quite a popular location, if you visit outside peak periods you won't have any problems with crowds.
One point of note is that the pet-friendly beach section is the best part of a mile's walk from where you park your car. This won't be an issue for energetic dogs and their active owners, but it may be something of an obstacle to those that aren't quite as mobile.
Whitefish Dunes State Park offers a wonderful beach experience for you and your dog. If you want to treat your dog to a day out on the shores of Lake Michigan, this is the ideal park to do it in.