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Dark Sky - Newport State Park

475 Cty Hwy NP
Ellison Bay, WI 54210

Attraction, Outdoor Activities, Parks & Nature Preserves, Open in Winter - Recreational Activities, Campground/Park, Hiking, Parks, State Parks


Newport State Park, Wisconsin's only wilderness state park, is also the first state park in Wisconsin designated by IDA as an International Dark Sky Park, one of just 48 parks in the world to earn the distinction. Newport joins the ranks of such U.S. National Parks as Big Bend, Glacier and Grand Canyon. Only 13 other state parks in the United States have received IDA accreditation. Located at the northern tip of Door County on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Newport has a dark sky that offers excellent nighttime viewing with an unobstructed view of the eastern horizon. As a designated wilderness park, the 2,373-acre park offers only backpack camping and has minimal developments beyond the park office and a picnic area with a park shelter. A vehicle admission sticker is required on all vehicles stopping in state park, forest, recreation area and trail parking areas. Buy your sticker at the park or in advance. Annual stickers offer admission to all state parks for the calendar year.