Park System

Updated: 1/29/2015 11:59:28 AM

515 W. Moreland Blvd. Rm AC230
Waukesha, WI 53188

Business Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday (excluding Holidays)
Phone: (262) 548-7801
Fax: (262) 896-8071

Park Hours:
Sunrise to 10 p.m. year-round

Daily Entrance Fee:
$4 per car | $22 per bus
Click here for Annual Sticker Prices

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NEW Spring Plant Sale 2015 at Retzer Nature Center 

Place your order online now for the best selection. Or to order by mail, click here. Pick up your order May 9.

Updated - Temporary Closures: Lake Country Trail Maintenance 2015

American Transmission Company (ATC) will be replacing existing wires and structures along the Lake Country Trail. Portions of the trail will be closed through Summer 2015 to accommodate the movement of crews and equipment.

Click for ATC's updated schedule and project information.

Now Available: 2015 Annual Stickers

Purchase your 2015 annual stickers now at all Waukesha County parks and ice arenas, plus Retzer Nature Center and Waukesha County Parks main office. For sticker types and prices, click here.

TIP Save up to 50% by bundling "additional" stickers for your household's other cars! More info here

Snowshoeing and Snowshoe Rentals

Snowshoeing is welcome at all park locations on our winter walking trails. Did you know you can rent snowshoes at Retzer Nature Center? Click here for info! Note: Sorry, no showshoeing on packed and tracked cross-country ski trails.

Now Taking Reservations: 2015 Picnic Area | Group Camping | Lodge | Beach House

Make your 2015 reservation today for Waukesha County Parks' picnic areas, group camping areas, beach houses, lodges, and Retzer Nature Center rooms!

Lodge, Beach House, Retzer Nature Center: More info here.

Picnic Areas, Group Camping Areas: More info here.

Checking dates? Click here.

Ready to reserve? Phone 262-548-7801. 

Retzer Nature Center Programs & Activities
For registration and more info, visit the event calendar

     March 6 - Public Skywatch

March 7 - Aldo Leopold Weekend - Reading
March 7 - Aldo Leopold Weekend - Hike
March 9 - Nature Explorers ages 5-7 - "Mystery Hikers"
March 10 - Wee Wonders ages 2-4 - "Journey Through The Stars" 
March 14 - Family Adventure Hike
March 14 - Master Gardening Workshop: Shrub Pruning
March 21 - Family Adventure Hike
March 28 - Family Adventure Hike
March 28 - Master Gardener Workshop: Four Seasons Of Interest

More events here.

Park / Expo Events

March 6-8 - Bob & Rocco Gun Show - Expo
March 7 - VCY Rally - Expo
March 14-15 - Waukesha Expo Market Collectibles Show - Expo
March 14-15 - Kettle Moraine Geological 2015: 53rd Annual Rock, Mineral, Gem, & Earth History Show - Expo
March 21 - Ellen's Icebreaker - Naga-Waukee Park
March 21-22 - Spring Treasures Craft & Art Fair - Expo
March 27 - Oldies 95.7 Beatle Bash 2015 - Expo


Proper conditions for grooming ski trails vary depending on amount of snow, current temperatures, wind, etc. Waukesha County monitors these conditions regularly in order to ensure a timely start to the grooming process after or during a snow event. Once we have established packed and tracked trails, an update to the below information will follow. Thank you!    

Updated Tuesdays and Fridays by 5 pm starting November 25.

Cross-Country Ski Trail conditions as of Tuesday, March 3, 2015 

Park Conditions Base Trails are:
Menomonee Park Good 3" Open
Minooka Park Good 3" Open
Nashotah Park Good 3" Open

Reminders Fox River Park, Muskego Park, and Retzer Nature Center have packed trails only for use by hikers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers. These trails will not be tracked. 

At Menomonee, Minooka, and Nashotah Parks, hikers must remain on designated trails.


Sledding Hills conditions as of Tuesday, March 3, 2015:

Park Conditions Snow Cover
Menomonee Park  Good 2.5"
Minooka Park  Good 2.5"
Mukwonago Park  Fair 1"
Nashotah Park  Good 3"

Snowshoe Trails
There are no specific snowshoe trails. We ask that all snowshoers refrain from using the groomed ski trails, so we can keep them in the best condition possible. Please follow the signs.

Snowshoes are available to rent at Retzer Nature Center for:
$9.00 all day 
$5.50 half day 
 - For more information please call (262) 896-8007.

Snowmobile Trails                                View Snowmobile Trail Map
For trail conditions call the Waukesha County Snowmobile Association's Hotline at (414) 299-0330 or via their trail conditions website.  For information about snowmobile clubs in the Waukesha area, see the Waukesha County Snowmobile Association's website at

Winter Dog Walking Trails
Hiking is not allowed on cross country ski trails during winter months. All of the Waukesha County Parks have dog walking trails, as well as  Recreational Trails. (Sorry, no dogs allowed at Retzer Nature Center.) These trails are designated during the winter months to keep the groomed trails in the best condition possible. Follow the signs and stay on the designated trails.
Please be courteous to others and:
 - Pick up after your dog(s)
 - Keep your dog(s) leashed (6' maximum leash length)

Dog Exercise Areas.
Waukesha County Parks operates three off-leash Dog Exercise Areas (DEA):


2015 Park Entrance Fees

Park Fees                                                                                                                                                              
2015 Annual Stickers • Available December 1                                                                                                                                                            
Second Vehicle*

$15.00/car (Proof of residency required)
Resident Senior (60+)
Second Vehicle**
$10.00/car (Proof of residency required)
Second Vehicle***

Purchase your 2014 annual sticker at any of the eight park entrances or park offices, plus:
Retzer Nature Center - S14W28167 Madison Street,Waukesha ( map)
Eble Park Ice Arena - 19400 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield ( map)
Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena - 2699 Golf Road, Delafield ( map)
Parks and Land Use Department located at 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Room AC 230, Waukesha ( map)

* Proof of residency required; limit two second vehicles per household; must be purchased at time of Resident Sticker.
** Proof of age and residency required; limit one second vehicle per household; must be purchased at time of Resident Senior Sticker.
*** Limit one second vehicle per household; must be purchased at time of Non-Resident Sticker