Wisconsin Point

Wisconsin Point Dune Restoration Project

In July of 2017 The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program announced that the City of Superior has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1.375 million for the restoration of the dunes on Wisconsin Point.  The project includes development of infrastructure to allow public access and protect the sensitive dunes as well as the historical sites on the point. Parking areas will be consolidated from 20+ turnouts to approximately four parking areas, and the dunes will be restored and re-vegetated.  Invasive plants will be removed. Boardwalks will be installed over the dunes for beach access across the sensitive ecosystem and these will be ADA compliant.  Also, the shoreline along Allouez Bay will be stabilized.  Work is expected to begin in the spring of 2018.


The City of Superior had also received a Wisconsin Coastal Management grant for the engineering phase of the Wisconsin Point Dune Restoration Project and this phase of the project is complete.

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the first public meeting regarding the engineering phase.

Click here to view the updated PowerPoint presentation from public meeting #2.

If you would like to provide comments regarding this project, please click here to submit an online comment form.  If you prefer a printable form that you can mail to us please click here.



 


Description




Wisconsin Point, along with Minnesota Point, are one of the largest freshwater sandbars in the world.
 Highlights of Wisconsin Point: 

  • 229 acres, with 2 3/4 miles of beach
  • Bird watching, hiking, beach use, and duck hunting
  • Watchable Wildlife area
  • Historical marker for a sacred Chippewa burial ground
  • Superior entry lighthouse

Rules and Regulations


  • Motor vehicle traffic and parking is prohibited between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. on Wisconsin Point Road, including any parking areas, beyond Lot #1, and also all of Moccasin Mike Road and Lakeshore Drive, except during the spring smelt run season as defined by the Parks and Recreation Department
  • Glass beverage containers are prohibited
  • Fires may not be started closer than 10 feet from the nearest plant life
  • Camping is not allowed between the hours or 10:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. except during the spring smelt run 
  • Horseback riding is not allowed on Wisconsin Point (see Superior Municipal Forest page)
  
For information regarding Wisconsin Point beach closings, please check this site:  Wisconsin Beach Health.
 
View a 
trail map of Wisconsin Point
    
    
View the Wisconsin Point Area Management Plan
 
 
Check out the St. Louis River Estuary page where you can learn about plans for the restoration of Wisconsin Point. Be sure to click on and enjoy exploring the "Story Maps" which are a great feature of the site!

Photos courtesy of Tom Bridge