Wisconsin Point

Wisconsin Point Dune Restoration Project

The City of Superior has received a Wisconsin Coastal Management grant for the engineering phase of the Wisconsin Point Dune Restoration Project. 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. Boardwalks will be installed over the dunes for beach access across the sensitive ecosystem.  Also, the shoreline along Allouez Bay will be stabilized.  As of October 2016, the engineering phase for this project has begun.  

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation regarding the engineering phase.

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.

The first public meeting to share preliminary engineering concepts regarding this project was held on October 26, 2016.

On December 7th, 2016, a Tribal Cultural Meeting will be held to gather comments from the tribal organizations regarding the Project, including the historical marker for the Chippewa burial grounds.  The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in Room 201 of the Government Center.

Future meeting notices will be posted here. If you would like to be on an email list to receive notice of future meetings, please contact us at: parks@ci.superior.wi.us




Description




Wisconsin Point, along with Minnesota Point, reportedly make up the largest freshwater sandbar in the world with:
 
  • 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