By Mark Kanz
Whitefish Dunes State Park, northeast of Institute on Lake Michigan, has touched a lot of people over the past 50 years. Park Manager Fred Viste wants regular visitors to return to the park this summer, but he hopes people who haven’t been there for a few years also come back to join in the year-long birthday party.
While Mother Nature may prevent the one and a half miles of sandy beach from getting a lot of use this weekend, Viste believes the 14 miles of hiking trails will be a popular place to be. The park is planning a large event on Friday, July 14, but the birthday celebration will continue all season.