POINT BEACH STATE FOREST
Point Beach offers 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, with dunes, a lighthouse, camping, and hiking, biking, skiing, nature, and snowmobile trails. Follow links in the left column for details.
To get to Point Beach from Two Rivers, the nearest community, take County Highway O north about 4 miles; the entrance road will be on your right. From the north on Wisconsin Highway 42, take Manitowoc County Highway V east to County Highway O and go south about 2 miles; the entrance road will be on your left.
The forest is open year round. Day use areas are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Vehicle admission stickers are required. Hourly, daily, and annual stickers are available at the entrance station.
The family campground consists of 127 sites, 70 of them with electricity (see campground map, PDF, 271KB). All of the sites are within walking distance of Lake Michigan, where you can enjoy more than five plus of undeveloped shoreline. Because of the high sand dunes, none of the sites offer a view of the lake. All sites are wooded. Each has a fire ring and picnic table. A flush toilet and shower building is across from site 31.
Point Beach campsites generally fill up on weekends from Memorial Day through the end of October. Weekdays in July and August are also busy, and reservations are recommended. Sites 21 through 127 are reservable and sites 1 through 20 available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can make reservations 48 hours to 11 months before the date of your arrival. Call toll free to (888) 947-2757 or make reservations online (exit DNR).
Point Beach campground is open year round. The campground entrance road is plowed to the shelter building. Sites 74 through 81 have electricity and are available first-come, first-served during the winter. Enjoy the solitude of the season. You can cross-country ski right from your campsite to the groomed trails. Water is available at the forest office or at the shop building. The shower building is shut down in mid to late October.
The nightly camping fee depends on when you camp, whether or not you're a Wisconsin resident, and whether or not you have an electrical hookup. In addition, there's a reservation fee. See ReserveAmerica's Wisconsin camping fees page (exit DNR).
Firewood: Inquire at the forest office. Firewood is $4.00 per bundle.
Concession: A private concession is available for some grocery items, camp supplies, ice, food and refreshments. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sanitary Dump Station: Available to registered campers. Located across the main entrance to the campground.
Garbage and Recycling: Located near the dump station. Please separate tin cans, aluminum, paper and #2 plastics and place in appropriate containers.
Church Service: Nondenominational service is available at the campground shelter on Sunday mornings June through August.
Pets are allowed at Point Beach; however, we ask pet owners to strictly follow regulations and policy. Please ask for a copy of Pet Rules and Regulations publication when arriving with a pet.
Pets must be on a leash 8 feet or shorter, and must be kept under control by the owner. This includes controlling barking.
Pets are not allowed in any picnic area, building, shelter, playground or on the Swales Nature Trail. The only exception is a leader dog for a blind, deaf or mobility impaired person.
We ask for strict adherence to all pet regulations in order to enhance the visit of all quests and to ensure the safety for both people and pets.
Point beach provides an area south of the lighthouse where pets are allowed on the Lake Michigan Shoreline. For more information contact the forest office.
Indoor Group Camp:
The indoor group camp is near Lake Michigan about 1.7 miles south of the forest entrance station. Its two buildings have sleeping accommodations for 30 people.
Outdoor Group Camp:
Point Beach has an outdoor group camp that accommodates as many as 60 people and is designed for tents and small trailers up to 20 feet in length. Large motor homes and fifth wheel units will not fit in the group camp area and should use the family campground. Group camp accommodations include hand pump for water, pit toilets, picnic tables and a large fire ring.
Lifeguards are not provided.
Lake Michigan can produce dangerous rip currents (exit DNR). These outward currents are most serious when large waves are present. When there are large waves, use extreme caution. Don't go in water more than waist deep. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you're out of the current, or if you can't do that, float calmly until the current dissipates. Rip currents seldom are more than 30 feet wide.
Users of small watercraft or floatation devices should be aware of wind conditions. Strong west winds can blow you away from the shoreline. Parents, watch your children at all times in the water. Rubber and plastic rafts, innertubes, and other boats require personal floatation devices.