Located in Manitowoc County, on the western shores of Lake Michigan, Point Beach State Forest is 2,900 acres of rolling dunes and mixed woodlands. Established in 1937, the forest is home to Point Beach Ridges State Natural Area and National Natural Landmark. This area of alternating ridges and swales reveals the lake’s ancient shorelines over the last 8,000 years, with unique and varied woods representing each of the lake’s historic levels. Also located within the park, the Rawley Point Lighthouse is a one-of-a-kind structure that was erected in 1893, and is still operational today. The area is also known for several historic shipwrecks that occurred in the waters nearby.
The campground at Point Beach is the perfect location for exploring many of these natural and historical features—or just kicking back on the lakeshore and soaking up the sun. The campground offers more than 120 wooded sites that can accommodate both tent and RV campers. About 70 sites feature electrical hookups; a few of these also have water. There are two group camps, and one ADA accessible site. Each campsite is equipped with picnic tables and fire pits, and water faucets, flush and vault toilets, and shower facilities can be found throughout the campground. A dump station and recycling center is located nearby. Most campsites can be reserved up to 11 months in advance; some are held for first-come, first-served campers. Dogs are permitted in some areas, and must remain leashed. Seasonal rates are $15–$37/night.
There is plenty to see and do on a visit to Point Beach State Forest. There are several picnic areas located along the lakeshore, all within walking distance from the campground, and a nature center and lodge that offers area info, seasonal interpretive programs, and sells sandwiches and picnic supplies. The forest features 11 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails for exploring the dunes, woods and lakeshore, from a 0.5-mile nature trail to a 7-mile ridge trail. Some trails are also open for winter snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The forest area does not offer a boat launch, but kayaks and SUPs can be launched from the lakeshore. Fishing is permitted in Lake Michigan, and some hunting and trapping is permitted in season. The Rawley Point Lighthouse is not open to the public, but can be seen along the beach.
While visiting family in Wisconsin, we spent a couple days camping at Point Beach. What a lovely campground! Large sites, nice restrooms, and gorgeous forest surrounding. We did a bike ride along the lake which was awesome! I highly recommend that :) The nearby town, Manitowoc has a few nice attractions/things to do. The lighthouse at the campground is really nice- makes for some good photos :) I want to return here on my next warm weather trip to WI!
Lovely campground right on the shores of Lake Michigan. I accidentally booked a primitive site online, but as it turned out that didn't matter as a storm had ravaged the area the day before and there was no electricity anyway. All of the employees were exceptionally nice, even with the less-than-optimum circumstances. I can't speak to the amenities since the store was closed and we were only using the pit toilets (which were cleaned daily) but between walking along the lake, and playing cards at our campsite (which we had all to ourselves!) we had a very enjoyable time.
Loved it, wooded spaces out sites, only a 5 minute walk and your on a huge stretch of beach on Lake Michigan. Local fish fry was fantastic!!
Great spot to stay on the way home from Door County. Big secluded sites, loved hearing the waves at night from across the road. Best fish fry right down the road.
Sites are big, lots of room with fire ring and picnic table. Easy access to the lake with miles of lakeshore and some beach areas. Hiking wasn’t the best, mosquitoes own the trails. We were there mid August, early in the week, so it was fairly quiet…most noise was barking dogs from campers.
The pros: nice area close to where I live. The trails are nice and it’s right next to the beach. Cons: Sites are too close to and not secluded from the road. Being close to water the mosquitoes were bad. All sites are gravel so not very good for tents.
while not directly on the Lake - this campground is just across the road so you never feel far from the water. The sites are relatively secluded with ample room. We were tent camping the in fall which is a spectacular season to visit as the crowds are less, the colors are gorgeous, and the beaches go on forever. There are many trails in the forest, including part of the Ice Age Trail - as well as miles of sandy shore. We were glad to not be right next to the bathrooms as the fan noises were evident and that's not our idea of a peaceful night under the stars. Nearby in Two Rivers, there is an excellent Wood Type Museum, and in Manitowoc - the Maritime Museum - fun area to spend some time in.
I was looking for a campground open in March to try to see the aurora (unsuccessful due to lack of auroral activity) and Point Beach fit the bill. Only a couple loops in the campground were open for winter, including sites 1-20 which are non-reservable year-round. These sites are close to the picnic area near the beach and lighthouse. Every site except the one I stayed at were still mostly snow-covered in late March. There was only one other group of campers the night I went, so it was nice, quiet and secluded. I imagine in warmer seasons it's a much more crowded, noisy campground.
Point Beach campground is amazing. It is a well kept campground, very ckean, right on the shores of Lake Michigan. Sites are huge and not on too of each other. There are numerous trails within the park. Beautiful spot!!!
Growing up in Two Rivers, it is surprising that I never camped at Point Beach. I've only ever been there a few times, and never for camping. Overall, the campsites we were on were on the smaller side, but not too small. There was just enough privacy with the trees. You could hear the lake if you listened, you were very close.
The park is beautiful. The beach is very nice. It isn't a big swimming/volleyball beach like the nearby Neshotah Beach, but there is enough sand and space to find a spot and the swimming is fun. Nice big waves on the Great Lake.
There are some trails along the lake and some other hiking, but we spent most of our time at the beach relaxing.
The firewood for sale was bad, we had a hard time keeping it going. Most of the pit toilets in the park didn't have ventilation for the vault, resulting in very smelling restrooms. The flush toilet building was fine, though, and pretty central.
I'd definitely go back!
As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time, this time I got to test the Mountain House Turkey Dinner Casserole.
I've eat a fair number of Mountain House meals in the last few years and this one is near the top in taste. It tastes just like Thanksgiving. MMMMMMMMMMMM. I'm getting hungry thinking about it. Mountain House meals aren't cheap, but if you can find this one on sale or just need something easy, definitely try this one. So good.