Beauty Can Be Dangerous

Whitefish Dunes State Park protects the fragile dune environment on the eastern Door County Peninsula. Stroll along Lake Michigan, watch waterfowl at Clark Lake, use the boardwalk to discover the wetlands or relax on one of the many trails throughout the forested sand dunes and beech forest. The park's nature center features year-round programs, exhibits and displays on ecology, geology and human history. Whitefish Dunes is a day-use park, there is no camping.

Whitefish Dunes State Park has 14.5 miles of hiking trails. The following trails are three of the longest trails the park offers. The Black trail is 2.5 miles long, but also has a shorter loop available. The trail takes hikers through a forest of mixed hardwoods and many exposed rocks. The Red trail is 2.8 miles long, but also has a shorter loop available. The trail takes hikers to "Old Baldy", the tallest dune in the park, which rises 93 feet above lake level. Old Baldy has an observation platform, for views of Lake Michigan and Clark Lake. A boardwalk and stairs lead to the top.The Yellow trail branches off the Green trail at its farthest point. From the dune area, the Yellow trail goes through a cool, quiet, red pine plantation and then back through a wooded dune area. When there's snow, the trails are groomed and can be used for diagonal skiing. There is also 1.5 miles of sand beach. The beach shoreline is a great place to walk, view the sand dunes and enjoy the water of Lake Michigan.


As breathtaking, relaxing, and peaceful as the park may be; there is something a bit scary about it all. As you walk along the beaches and pathways, there is nothing around to keep you safe. No signs giving you an idea of what to do in an emergency, or who to reach out to. The danger lies in the rocks and cliffs more than anything, they are just as dangerous as they are beautiful. Yes you or someone else can call 911, but will they know where you are? How long will it take them to get to you? The nearest hospital is in Sturgeon Bay, which is over 20 miles away. Without knowing where you are, it can take another 20-30 minutes to get to you. Safety seems to be overlooked when it comes to these parks, but the question is why. Justifeyed is a way to give you confidence when going to these places that if something should happen, no matter how far away help is, you will be connected to emergency personnel quickly and can be found sooner. The only signs you see in these parks are the signs to let you know, you are "at your own risk", but what about letting you know what to do in an emergency? Let someone know how far from help they are, not just assume they will figure it out. Justifeyed wants to be the safety and security for you when you see none, so you are able to enjoy the beauty of nature with confidence.

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