Camping out with your dog on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan — sounds pretty grrr-eat, right? Well, that's exactly the sort of experience you can enjoy at Kohler-Andrae State Park, which sits just south of the Wisconsin city of Sheboygan. Covering 988 acres of pristine terrain, this beautiful park offers a host of recreational activities and opportunities for outdoor relaxation.
The main highlight of Kohler-Andrae State Park is undoubtedly its 2.5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. With golden, sandy beaches looking out over the clear, blue waters, this is one state park where you'll probably be keen to stay a while. Whether you're swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, or kayaking, you'll find ample opportunity to indulge in your water sport of choice here.
If you prefer to stay on dry land, the park offers several areas for picnicking, including two shelters available for reservation. There are several nature trails, dune cordwalks, and opportunities to stroll along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and one trail is also open to horseback riders. During the winter months, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are both popular with park visitors.
When you're ready to turn in for the night, Kohler-Andrae State Park features 68 electric and 66 non-electric sites. Best of all, the sites are pet-friendly.
Of course, before taking your furry friend along to this beautiful park, it's important to familiarize yourself with the rules and restrictions that apply to pets. You'll need to keep your dog on a leash no longer than eight feet and under your control at all times. Pets are also not permitted on the beach area south of the Sanderling Nature Center, in picnic areas or playgrounds, and in buildings or on nature trails.
However, your dog is more than welcome on the Black River Hiking Trail, the Black River Marsh Boardwalk, Marsh Trail, some sections of the Kohler Dunes Cordwalk, the Fishing Pond Trail and on the beach area north of the Nature Center. Check park maps and signs for full details, and don't forget to always clean up after your dog.