Amsterdam Dunes Preservation Area

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Sheboygan County along with its partner, the Glacial Lakes Conservancy (GLC), closed on the Amsterdam Dunes property September 11, 2014. Sheboygan County officially took over the property on July 9, 2015.

The 328 acre purchase establishes a Wetland Mitigation Bank and Preservation Area. The property is located along Lake Michigan in the Town of Holland and is one of the few remaining undeveloped beach shorelines between Sheboygan and Chicago. The property contains a total of seven contiguous parcels and is comprised of rare sand dunes, forest and wetlands of various types, bluffs, farmland, streams and diverse plants and wildlife. There are over 1,500 feet of frontage along Lake Michigan, and a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Raptor Research Station is directly contiguous to the property.

Sheboygan County intends to preserve the property, open it up to the public, and create a wetland mitigation bank. To that end, the County established the  Amsterdam Dunes Advisory Committee  to help gather input from the public on what they want to see at their new public open space. Sheboygan County is also quite thankful for all the support it has received for this project, especially the financial support it has received thus far from the  Fund for Lake Michigan , US Forestry Service,  Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership , DATCP and the  Wisconsin Coastal Management Grant Program  to allow restoration to begin.

To confidentially and expeditiously report suspected wildlife, recreational and environmental violations please call 1-800-TIP-WDNR (800-847-9367).

Map of the Property Boundaries

Map of the Approximate "No Discharge" Areas per State Statute

Chapter 24 of the County Code regarding hunting regulations

Mushroom growing on a log in the woods Tall trees at Amsterdam Dunes