By Tim Kowols
Newport State Park in Ellison Bay continues to draw visitors from around the world thanks in part to its stargazing opportunities. It has been over a year since Newport State Park officially earned its International Dark Sky Park status, becoming the first in Wisconsin and the 48th in the country to have the distinction. Naturalist Beth Bartoli says it was a four year process to receive the designation and has been a bigger deal than she ever could have imagined.
For those looking to get the best view of the stars at Newport State Park, Bartoli recommends areas near parking lot 1 and 3.