Welcome! We are the Friends of High Cliff State Park
Photo by (c) Maureen Blaney Flietner
These hard but fractured limestone layers are part of the Niagara Escarpment, the edge of a vast sedimentary rock layer that once formed on the bottom of ancient seas. It keeps its cliff edge because the soft shale underneath erodes, leaving the dolomite overhanging --until it breaks off and forms a new cliff face.
Because some visitors created unsafe conditions by disregarding social distancing rules, abused the properties with litter and graffiti, and disregarded pet and other park rules, High Cliff State Park was closed for several weeks during the health emergency but, on May 1, has partially re-opened. Find the latest news on park hours, restroom availability, capacity limits, and more on the DNR website.
We are the volunteers who enjoy, help preserve, and enhance this natural resource known as High Cliff State Park, named for the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment that figures prominently here. This 1,187-acre treasure near Sherwood, Wisconsin, in Calumet County is the only state-owned recreation area on Lake Winnebago.
Each of us finds so much in this park to appreciate. We hope you will, too.
Our Friends group (FOHC) was established in 1997 as a non-profit corporation formed under chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. FOHC is organized for the charitable and educational purpose of supporting, assisting, and promoting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with interpretive, scientific, historical, educational, and related visitor services.
The group has the following objectives:
- Promote the park through publications, special events, and interpretive programs.
- Provide and coordinate volunteer services that support the programs of the park.
- Provide financial support to High Cliff State Park for the furtherance of its programs, facilities, and resources by raising revenues through such methods as membership fees, donations, sales, grants, and special events.
Please explore our website and High Cliff State Park and consider becoming a member.
Among High Cliff State Park’s treasures:
- shelters including a handicapped-accessible facility with kitchen facilities
- watchable wildlife including turkey vultures, purple martins, and deer
- an observation tower atop the limestone cliffs
- a marina
- play areas including a new handicapped-accessible playground in 2020
- a paved handicapped-accessible trail and fishing ramp at the Butterfly Pond
- a 125-acre area state natural area, designated in recognition of the cliff environments, wet-mesic forest, and Lake Winnebago shoreline.
- the remains of a lime kiln industry that operated here from 1855 to 1956
- Pre-American history effigy mounds created between 1000 A.D. and 1500 A.D.
- a main campground, group campground and a specially-designed cabin that offers accessible opportunities for people with disabilities.
- picnic areas and a beach
- hiking, biking, and horseback-riding trails
What's not to love?