Newport State Park trip

  • December 13, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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A relaxing winter trip at the Newport State Park. Mileage will be low but expect below freezing temperatures and be prepared. The park ranger assure me that there will be no hunting near the campsites and the trails. (Deer hunting ends Dec. 8th) Wear blaze orange for safety reasons. 

A maximum of 6 persons per site is allowed. Sites are first come, first served and we will reserve more sites if needed. These are backpacking sites only, therefore you are required to hike to the campsites. Stash some water in your car in case the water is turned off at the parking lot. Dress accordingly as trails and sites may be snow covered.

Itinerary
Friday 13 December, 2013 
Arrive and park at the parking lot #2 on Friday night as your schedule permits. A State Park sticker is required to park there. We will be staying at sites 7-8. These sites are first come, first served so there is no guarantee they are available, please arrive on time or leave me your numbers so I can text you/message you what actual site we're on.

There will be no need to shuttle car at that weekend as we are going to loop around the State park. *The sites are by Lake Michigan so expect wind and colder temperature at our campsites and during the hike. 

Saturday 14 December, 2013 
On Saturday, we will pack up our stuff and head to our second site. Hiking should be around 5-8 miles, depending on which loop we decide on taking. We will be staying at sites 14-15.
*The sites are by the lake Michigan so expect wind and colder temperature. 

Sunday 15 December, 2013
Hike back to the parking lot, and back to the holiday festivities! :) 

General info: 
All sites are wooded. Most sites have open-air toilets, unless they share a pit toilet with another site. Open-air toilets only have a 4- foot wooden back screen. There are no walls, roof, or door. They will not see another site from their site. All sites have shoreline access to Lake Michigan, with the exception of site 14, which is on the Europe Lake Shoreline. Tents may not be set up on shoreline areas. 

Site amenities include pit toilet, two wooden benches, a combination fire ring/grill, and a metal food storage box. There are no picnic tables at the sites. Drinking water is available at the picnic area hand pump, from May through October, and at the park office year-round. Dead and downed wood may be collected for firewood. Porcupines and raccoons can be a problem. Garbage must be packed out of the site. No showers are available.

Average High Temp: 30 - Average Low Temp: 19

Fee Information
Your $10.00 participation fee includes the following:  
Shelter Reservation (2 nights, $18.00/night per site) - $72.00  
Reserve America reservation fee - $9.70  
Meetup Fee (2 nights, $5.00/night) - $10.00  

Newport state park map: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/newport/pdfs/newport.pdf
Feel free to contact me with any questions through the meetup site or directly at [masked]

You are fully responsible for your food, water, park stickers, and own security during this trip.


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  • Sung W C.

    Can you guys specify what equipment you took for this outing and how it held up to the cold weather?

    December 15, 2013

    • Sung W C.

      I don't think you can search steep and cheap and they don't have an android app yet. I'll keep looking.

      December 17, 2013

    • Melanie

      You can sign up to get email alerts on certain items if they ever come up, they'll email you.

      December 17, 2013

  • Randall

    Thanks for getting me up to Newport Melanie! I had always heard it was heavily used and sites are hard to get... what? This was a great time of year to go since we had it all to ourselves. The empty park and snow make it seem like a much bigger place. Fun trip!!! Good group!!!

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Michelle

    I don't know if I've been turned into a winter backpacker, but the trip was fun, the park was beautiful and the people were alright, I suppose ;)

    1 · December 15, 2013

    • Randall

      At some point you'll forget how cold your feet were and only remember the warm fire and good conversation and you'll start thinking... I wouldn't mind doing that again.

      1 · December 17, 2013

  • Senthil

    Awesome trip with nice people! Special thanks to Melanie for the pie trip.

    1 · December 16, 2013

    • Melanie

      Thank YOU for joining us on the trip :)

      December 17, 2013

  • Bryan

    Great trip. Newport is one of my favs, glad I could enjoy it with a great group!

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Beau B.

    Any trip that ends with pie deserves 5 stars any day :)

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Brian P.

    Great winter weather (generally), a great fire and good company. Had a great time.

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Sung W C.

    Will snowshoes be necessary on this one?

    December 9, 2013

    • Melanie

      Still unsure. I will be calling their office tomorrow to see how is the snow load. I'll keep you informed

      December 9, 2013

    • Melanie

      Not much snow on the ground right now, 4-5 inches according to ranger. May snow again this weekend. If you're interested you may bring them along just in case but they aren't necessary.

      December 12, 2013

  • Melanie

    Snow condition: Only 4 to 5 inches of very light fluffy snow on the ground right now at Newport. May get a bit more over of the weekend.

    December 11, 2013

  • Bryan

    Hey all - I'll be leaving Green Bay a little after 4:30, if anyone wants to ride with me, like Randall - you are welcome to park at my house. I live near Lambeau Field. That should put me at Newport a little after 6:30. In case anyone wants them, GPS coordinates for Parking Lot 2 are Latitude:[masked], Longitude: [masked]

    1 · December 10, 2013

    • Senthil

      Hi Bryan, I am in. I can reach your house by 4.15. Let me know.

      December 10, 2013

    • Bryan

      Sounds good Senthil. I'll probably be home closer to 4:30. I'll e-mail you my address. See you Fri.

      December 11, 2013

  • Melanie

    I'll be leaving work early that Friday to hike and set up camp while its still light out, if you can leave early again Michelle, that'd be great, if not I'll wait for you. We'll be passing thru Green Bay, so Beau and Bryan, if you guys need a drive, we can pick you up.

    November 21, 2013

    • Beau B.

      There's a park and ride by 47 and 41 that work well to meet on the north side if Appleton. I can drive from there if thats ok with everyone.

      December 9, 2013

    • Beau B.

      I can be there at 4

      December 9, 2013

  • Brian P.

    Melanie; I will plan to drive up Saturday morning early and hike into 7 / 8 and get there between 7:30a and 8:00a (Friday night is oldest daughters first major concert). I need to be home by Noon Sunday for my youngest daughter's birthday party so will probably head out by 9:00a. Six kids so lots of conflicts to navigate...

    November 26, 2013

  • Randall

    Ok, who's picking me up and when do I get my cheesecake!!!

    1 · November 22, 2013

    • Melanie

      Don't worry Randall, there will be plenty of cheesecake

      1 · November 23, 2013

    • Randall

      At the Northern hockey games I get cheesecake on a stick. It's frozen AND dipped in chocolate! Yummmmm. That would keep for weeks :)

      1 · November 23, 2013

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