Kohler Andrae State Park: Things to Do and Amenities to Enjoy at the Wisconsin State Park

Kohler Andrae State Park: Things to Do and Amenities to Enjoy at the Wisconsin State Park
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Tripboba.com - Located in the Town of Wilson, a few miles south of the city of Sheboygan, Kohler Andrae State Park comprises two adjacent Wisconsin state parks named for John Michael Kohler State Park and Terry Andrae State Park. Kohler-Andrae is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore.

This destination covering over two miles (3 km) of beaches and sand dunes along the shore of Lake Michigan, with woods and wetlands away from the water. The Black River winds through the park where an abundance of wildlife—including threatened plants—resides.

Enjoy available amenities and recreational activities at the park including fishing, boating, and swimming. The park also offers you extensive trails, campgrounds, and more facilities to discover. Tripboba has got you covered with the complete guide to visiting the park, so make sure to keep reading and don’t miss a thing!

Kohler-Andrae State Park

Kohler Andrae State Park beach

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Kohler-Andrae center beach covers 2223 feet of white sand beach spotted with sand dunes. There You’ll find nice picnic areas throughout the beach as well as a picturesque boardwalk. Portions of the trails along the beach are ADA accessible. When you combine the entire shoreline of the Kohler-Andrae park, swimmers have access to over 11,000 feet of sandy beach. While you can swim at the beach, always keep in mind that there’s no lifeguard available at the site, so you have to be especially careful.

You’ll be able to kayak and canoe on Lake Michigan, although always beware of the strong winds, especially the west winds for the strong ones can blow watercraft away from the shoreline. Also, there are no boat launching ramps or docks at the park. No worries, though, for you can still enjoy your favorite waterfront activities and bring your own gears.

Kohler Andrae State Park hiking

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You can hike along the beach, venture out onto the sand dunes, or hike one of the park’s nature trails and enjoy the beautiful views of the park. Kohler Andrae State Park has two nature trails and three hiking trails. 

  • The Creeping Juniper Nature Trail is a half-mile long trail on a cordwalk through the rolling sand dunes by Sanderling Nature Center. The trail has self-guiding nature signs.
  • The Woodland Dunes Nature Trail is one mile (1.6 km) trail through forested rolling dunes. Self-guiding nature signs throughout the trail describe many of the unique trees visitor experiences within Kohler-Andrae. Self-guiding nature signs throughout the trail describe many of the unique trees visitor experiences within Kohler-Andrae. The trail can be accessed by the campgrounds.
  • The Dunes Cordwalk has a half mile north and 1.5-mile (2.4 km) south portions on a wooden cordwalk through rolling dunes parallel to Lake Michigan.
  • The Black River Trail is a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) long grass trail at the northwest section of the park. You can access the trail on the north of the park on County Highway V. It passes through open fields, woodlands, and evergreen forests. Enjoy Kohler Andrae State Park bike trails on the Black River for it allows horses and mountain bikes.
  • Black River Marsh Boardwalk is a quarter mile boardwalk through a wetland. It can be accessed near site 48.

You’d never miss the excitement even if you’ve only got time to visit the park in winter for there’s plenty to keep you busy. The park’s network of hiking trails is open to snowshoeing, taking you through the snow-crusted pine forests. You can also cross-country ski on the park’s groomed, marked course.

Kohler Andrae State Park camping

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Kohler-Andrae State Park has a family campground, group campground, and accessible cabin for people with disabilities. The 137-unit family campground comprises 52 sites with electrical hookups. Each campsite has a campfire ring and a picnic table and can sleep up to six people. If you don’t have your own camping equipment, or you want the experience of camping in a primitive shelter, there’s a canvas and pole tepee available for rent in the summer.

The campground is open year-round. Enjoy available amenities during the warm weather season including showers, flush toilet, and laundry in the family campground. Campsites don’t have water or sewer hookups, but a trailer dump station and a freshwater fill-up station are available in the park. Family campsites 3, 22, 23, 28, 32, 33, and Group sites A and B are plowed for winter camping.

Kohler Andrae State Park cabin sleeps up to six people and features electricity, heat and air conditioning, a stovetop, microwave, refrigerator, two fully automated hospital beds, a Hoyer lift, a full-sized sofa bed, two cots, kitchen table and chairs, a modern bathroom with wheel-in shower and commode chair, screened porch, and an outdoor accessible fire ring.

As for the group campground, it has two group campsites with a combined capacity of 50 people.


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