Lake Country Beaches

If you are looking for a sandy spot this summer with some swimming splashed in, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of 12 sandy beaches in Waukesha County for your reference.  Happy Summer Swimming! Don’t forget your beach towel, toys, sunscreen and fees (where applicable). Prefer no sand, we’ve got your covered, Cool off at the Pool.

Note: There are 6 locations that are part of the Waukesha County park system. The fees standard for each are $4 per car or $22 per bus load or $32 for an annual County pass. Rules for swimming at the county parks are the same for all 6 and can be found here. Water quality reports found here.

 

Pewaukee Lake Beach (FREE) 

Pewaukee Lake boasts an awesome, free beach on the north side of the lake in a cute little downtown area.  The beach is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lifeguards are staffed throughout most of the summer. When life guards are not present it is swim at your own risk (during beach hours only). Water quality is posted on lifeguard chairs with GREEN being good. There are beach rules including what flotation devices are NOT allowed.

Please park in only designated free parking locations.  The business parking is for business customers only. Local businesses include Seesters Mexican (find them also in our Mexican Dining Guide), the Chocolate Factory, Brewer’s Two Cafe (find them also in our Shop Small Guide), Artisan 179 (find them also in our Romantic Date Guide), VeloCity Cycling, Silly Willyz (find them also in our Shop Small Guide), Cakes While U Wait, and the Beachcomer Salon.

See the Lakes of Lake Country for more details on Pewaukee Lake. Look for fun events at Pewaukee Lake.

**Unfortunately the Pewaukee Park and Recreation is down to only six lifeguards this season. Therefore, they cannot staff the beach full time any longer. Starting July 5, 2017, they will be staffed on only Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Mondays and Tuesdays will be unstaffed and you will swim at your own risk all day.**

Oconomowoc City Beach (CITY PARK)

The City Beach is located in City Beach Park, which is a 3 acre neighborhood park on the southern shore of Lac Labelle. The address is 324 W Wisconsin Ave in Oconomowoc. There is parking available off of Wisconsin Avenue.  The Beach is open Memorial Day through Labor day from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.  This park has many amenities including the Community Center building, band shell, awesome playground in the sand, swimming beach, boat launch, picnic areas, volleyball court and restroom. Water quality is checked often for swimming safety.

Beach bands are required at all city beaches and can be purchases at the guard house. They are $2.5 for residents and $5 for non residents. Season bands are $20 and $45, respectively. Children under 6 are free with purchase of adult band.  There are beach rules including that parents must stay at arm’s length from children under 5.

Swim lessons are offered at this beach by the Oconomowoc Parks and Rec department. You can find more information on page 29 of this document.  See the Lakes of Lake Country for more details on Lac Labelle.  There are many events near City Beach.

 

Bender Beach (CITY PARK)

Bender Beach is a smaller, but fun beach located north on Highway 67 on the eastern shore of Lac La Belle. The address is 910 N Lake Rd, Oconomowoc. This park has boat launch, lifeguard chairs, portable restroom, and the swimming beach! The Beach is open Memorial Day through Labor day from Noon to 6:00 pm.  Water quality is checked often for swimming safety.

Beach bands are required at all city beaches and can be purchases at the guard house. They are $2.5 for residents and $5 for non residents. Season bands are $20 and $45, respectively. Children under 6 are free with purchase of adult band.  There are beach rules including that parents must stay at arm’s length from children under 5.

 

Fox Brook – Brookfield (COUNTY PARK)

Fox Brook County Park is located at 2925 N Barker Road in Brookfield. This park is open sunrise to 10:00 pm. Beach/swimming hours are 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and lifeguards are staffed. County park fees and rules are noted in the top of this article. (See above photo for picture of Fox Brook Park’s beach.)

This beach is 400ft of sand along a 22 acre lake with a diving dock. There is a beach house and concession stand open during swimming hours. There are picnic and restroom facilities. There is a paved trail around the lake about 1 mile long. It has paddle boat rentals for $8 an hour.

More details on the county swimming parks including water quality testing, swim lessons,scuba permits, group reservations and more can be found here. The Fox Brook County Park map can be found here.

 

Minook Park – Waukesha (COUNTY PARK)

The beach is located in Minook Park at 1927 E. Sunset Drive in Waukesha. This park is open sunrise to 10:00 pm. Beach/swimming hours are 11:00 to 7:00 pm daily. There are NO lifeguards at this park so it is swim at your own risk. County park fees and rules are noted in the top of this article.

The beach is on a 2 acre swimming pond. There are picnic and restroom facilities.

More details on the county swimming parks including water quality testing, swim lessons, scuba permits, group reservations and more can be found here. Minook Park Map can be found here.

 

Idle Isle (CITY PARK)

This beach is located at Idle Isle Park, a seven acre city park in Muskego on Little Muskego Lake. The address is W182S6666 Hardtke Drive in Muskego. Park fees are $1 for parking on weekdays and weekends $4. There is a boat launch, drinking fountain, electrical hookups, parking, picnic areas and tables, play equipment, a restroom, shelter, storage, swimming beach and walking trails. More park information can be found here.

There are ski shows here weekly in the summer. The Water Bug Ski shows take place Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the summer. You can find the list of events at Idle Isle park here.  For details on Little Muskego Lake, see it in our Lakes of Lake Country Guide.

 

Menomonee Falls Quarry (COUNTY PARK)

Menomonee Falls Quarry is located in Menomonee Park at W220 N7884 Town Line Road in Menomonee Falls. This park is open sunrise to 10:00 pm. Beach/swimming hours are 11:00 to 7:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 to 7:00 pm on the weekends. There are lifeguards at this park. County park fees and rules are noted in the top of this article.

This beach is 16ft of sand along a 16 acre quarry lake. There is a beach house and concession stand open during swimming hours. There are picnic and restroom facilities. There is diving dock. The famous bug line trail runs through this park.

More details on the county swimming parks including water quality testing, swim lessons,scuba permits, group reservations and more can be found here. The Menomonee Park map can be found here.

 

Naga-Waukee Beach – Delafield (COUNTY PARK)

Naga-Waukee Beach is located in Naga-Waukee Park at 651 Hwy 83 in Delafield/Hartland. This park is open sunrise to 10:00 pm. Beach/swimming hours are 11:00 to 7:00 pm daily. There are lifeguards at this park. County park fees and rules are noted in the top of this article.

The beach is on one of Lake Country’s largest lakes, Nagawicka Lake. There are restroom and picnic and facilities. There is a nice playground right next to the beach. The boat launch is near the beach.

More details on the county swimming parks including water quality testing, swim lessons,scuba permits, group reservations and more can be found here. Naga-Waukee Park Map can be found here. For more information on Nagawicka Lake, see it in our Lakes of Lake Country Guide.

 

Mukwonago Park (COUNTY PARK)

The beach is located in Mukwonago Park at S100W31900 County Hwy LO in Mukwonago. This park is open sunrise to 10:00 pm. Beach/swimming hours are 11:00 to 7:00 pm daily. There are NO lifeguards at this park so it is swim at your own risk. County park fees and rules are noted in the top of this article.

The beach is on a 16 acre spring fed lake. There are picnic and restroom facilities at this park.

More details on the county swimming parks including water quality testing, swim lessons, scuba permits, group reservations and more can be found here. Mukwonago Park Map can be found here.

 

Muskego Park (COUNTY PARK)

The beach is located in Muskego Park at S83 W20370 Janesville Rd in Muskego. This park is open sunrise to 10:00 pm. Beach/swimming hours are 11:00 to 7:00 pm daily. There are lifeguards at this park. County park fees and rules are noted in the top of this article.

The beach is on a 2-acre pond. There are picnic and restroom facilities. Concession stand available during swimming hours.

More details on the county swimming parks including water quality testing, swim lessons, scuba permits, group reservations and more can be found here. Muskego Park Map can be found here.

 

Ottawa Lake Beach (STATE PARK)

Ottawa Lake is a 17 acre lake located in Waukesha County. It is within the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Division, Ottawa Lake Recreation Area. State park fees apply which are $28 annually, or $8 per day (per car). The address is S59 S36630 County Road ZZ in Ottawa, WI.  There is also camping at this location.

The beach has picnic and restroom facilities and grills. There is a special dog swim area by the boat launch. It is a great lake to practice kayaking and stand up paddle-boarding on. The annual Tri-ing for Children’s Charity Triathlon which benefits Children’s Hospitals takes place here. This year it is on July 30th. It is presented by Endurance House, one of our Shop Small sponsors!

There are no lifeguards on duty, so it is swim at your own risk. You may use whatever flotation devices you like. This is a non-motorized lake.  For more details on Ottawa Lake, see it in our  Lakes of Lake Country Guide. The Ottawa Lake Camp and Recreational map can be found here.

 

Golden Lake Sandy Beach Area ($5-$10)

Come enjoy a day of family fun at the beach on Golden Lake. The beach is open daily in summer. It is located at 460 S. Golden Lake Road, in Oconomowoc.  This is a swim at your own risk beach with no lifeguards. There are picnic tables. The fee is $10 per car load or $5 for walk or bike-ins.

For more on Golden Lake, see it in our  Lakes of Lake Country Guide.  Golden Lake Pub is across the street from this beach! At this time, concessions may or may not be open on weekends at the beach. Stay tuned.

 

For those of you who like a good visual, you can click on the google map below for details on the approximate location of these 12 beaches!

 

Is your favorite beach missing?

Let us know in the comments if we are missing or beach or tell us which of these 12 is your favorite and why.
Have a BEACHY summer!