By Paul Schmitt
Newport State Park in Ellison Bay has seen a significant increase in visitors this year from around the work taking part in stargazing opportunities. It was more than a year ago, that Newport State Park earned the official designation as an International Dark Sky Park. Park Manager Michelle Hefty says Newport State Park is in good company when it comes to the guest being able to view the unique natural phenomenon.
Hefty says Newport State Park offers great nighttime viewing of the stars, especially in the fall season. The park was the first in Wisconsin to earn the Dark Sky status and become the 48th International Dark Sky Park in the world.