Boasting six miles of Lake Michigan beach and 3,000 acres of varied terrain, Point Beach State Forest is one of the most popular destinations in the Wisconsin state park system. And because it features a pet-friendly campground and a section of dog-friendly beach, it's a place you and your pooch can enjoy together.
The campground in Point Beach State Forest is found in a wooded area a short hike away from the sand. Unfortunately, the presence of high sand dunes in this area means there are no sites with water views -- but this also means you're protected from strong gusts on windy days.
There are 127 sites in total, 70 of which have electricity. Hot showers and flush toilets can be found near sites 31 and 120, and there's a dump station near the main entrance. There's reasonable privacy between the sites, but the space between sites varies depending on where you're staying -- something to consider when looking at the campground map and reserving a site.
Speaking of which: this is a very pawpular campground, so don't expect to just turn up and have your pick of sites. From Memorial Day through to the end of October, the campground is usually full on the weekends. 20 sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis, but the rest must be reserved in advance.
Vehicle admission is $8 for cars with Wisconsin license plates and $11 for out-of-state visitors. Camping costs vary depending on the site you select.
When you're ready to head out and explore the park, you'll quickly find that you're spoiled for choice. The beach is obviously the main highlight and perfect for a long and leisurely stroll, while those willing to brave the chilly water can take a dip. There's no boat launch available, but canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are all popular, while the hike along the shoreline to the Rawley Point Lighthouse is well worth doing.
However, perhaps the biggest highlight of Point Beach State Forest is that a section of the beach is dog-friendly. It's a clean and sandy spot with calm water, but your pooch will need to stay on a leash of eight feet or shorter (just as they must throughout the rest of the park). Pets are prohibited in some areas of the forest, so pay attention to posted signage.