We chose to stay at Kohler-Andrae state park on Memorial Day weekend as it's close to Milwaukee (home). This camping trip was for our family of five plus a (crazy) dog. We reserved our site well in advance (9 mos). We were tent and hammock camping, and situated at the far east of the campground. The camp sites are pretty close together with not much between sites, but they were sized to fit a large tent and had enough room for us all.
There are a couple of miles of trails at this park, and I think we covered them all, some are though the woods, another through a marsh and few that straddle the beach. One of the most unique parts of this park are the sand dunes, and the trails through the dunes are actually boardwalk trails. None of the hikes were strenuous, and all trails were very well maintained. But we found ourselves completing all the hikes about 1.5 days into the camp, but we were all happy to just go back our site and relax.
Overall we had a great time, and were happy to choose this park. The unique landscapes were well worth it, and I think we'll be back for some day hikes during different seasons, or to just hang out at the beach. A few drawbacks, the park is small(er), and the sites are pretty open to the world. But if you're looking for a short jaunt from Milwaukee - this is a great option.
Autumn camping along the lake - we chose an electric site even though we tent as it was in mid autumn and it gets darker earlier - it was mid week so no issue getting a site. Love the hiking here and easy lake access - Plus it's near Sheboygan and Kohler with all they have to offer
Sites (135 family, 68 of them electric, 2 group sites and one teepee) are generous in size with varying amounts of privacy. Two loops have bathrooms with flush toilets and showers while two just have pit toilets. Bathrooms and showers were clean with expected light water pressure. There were also laundry facilities, something I’ve not seen before in a state park campground. Trails, a small marsh boardwalk and the dunes cordwalk provide a nice exploration of the area. We were there on a rainy weekday in September and it was quiet but I expect that would not be the case on weekends and in the summer.
Nice campground, we didn't have a reservation and showed up on a Tuesday and camped for a few nights. If you plan to camp for a weekend, you must make a reservation way in advance.
Clean campsite, with shaded areas. Sites are open. We were in the non-electric 200's, not as many RV's in this area.
At night you can hear the waves on Lake Michigan.
Hiking is nice, there is a dune boardwalk trail that is good that runs parallel to Lake Michigan shoreline.
K-A is absolutely incredible. The ONLY bad thing about it, is that is has gotten so popular within the last 3-5 years and getting a site is near impossible. It is a large campground with a lot of campsites that are pretty close together. Some sites make up for the closeness with good seclusion (trees, brush, etc.)
K-A is clean and the facilities are very nice. The beachfront is gorgeous. The boardwalk is a lovely walk in nature. Rangers have always been friendly and helpful. This campground is VERY family-friendly so if you're looking for quiet seclusion, try October or a different campground altogether.
This campsite was so peaceful. It was not far from the lake and not far from the bathroom. It was comforting to be in the trees.
Daily and weekly visitor, excellent cycling, fantastic beach (although lake levels are currently quite high. Have enjoyed the Teepee several times with family. brand new Teepee this year with new cots and lake views! Always quiet, friendly, green. Many deer, sand hill cranes, turtles. Great nature center. great evening programs…
Grew up near Kohler-Andrae state park, and it was always a fun place to go. Right on Lake Michigan, had nice and clean beaches. Campsites are a nice-not the most private but its a big park, and the facilities are stocked and clean. Hiking trails are great, especially the ones through the dunes. Definitely worth the stay! Happy Trails!
Living rather close to this park, this is our "go-to" place to camp. It has a great variety of activities available. There is a beach AND a dog beach so it's pet-friendly. Dogs are not allowed on all of the trails, but there are many you can take them on. Being on the water, you can swim, kayak, fish, or just soak up some rays! There are also non-reservable sites available. There are many electric sites, clean bath houses, friendly campground hosts, some rather private sites as well. It's a short walk from the campsites to the lake. Our favorite site is next to the woods where we have seen ample deer, turkey, foxes, and birds. Close to town if you need supplies, firewood and ice is available in the park.
The campground is set in the pines right on the coast of Lake Michigan. We went in late June, and the site was surprisingly free of mosquitos. The size of the site is pretty typical. Not huge, probably enough for two tents. The best part of the park were the trails in the sand dunes. We took a daily hike from the campsite to the nature center through them, often making side trip to wade through the gentle waves of the lake.
The whole campground was beautiful and comfortable, and we're definitely planning another trip.