Minooka Park

Updated: 1/28/2015 03:02:32 PM

Minooka Park

Minooka Park

1927 E. Sunset Drive
Waukesha, WI 53186

(262) 896-8006

Park Hours: Sunrise to 10 pm (Year-Round)
Beach: reopens June 2015

Make reservations for 2015 Picnic Areas now! Click here for more info. Thank you! 

Minooka Links:

Park System Home Page
Park System Fees
Picnic Areas
Park Map
Mountain Bike Trails
Reservation Request

Minooka Park is the largest park in the Waukesha County Park System with a total of 579 acres. Minooka Park has a refreshingly tranquil atmosphere with trails that lead you farther from the city and further into nature. Most popular with the summer crowd is the swimming beach and pond. Enjoy a day at the beach or take a walk through the miles of wooded trails. Maybe you will catch a glimpse of the abundant spring ephemeral or variety of songbirds such as fly catchers or scarlet tanagers. See the scenic fall colors as stands of blazing deciduous hardwoods burst into their autumn reds, yellows and oranges. In winter, the park becomes an outdoor enthusiast’s frosty paradise with miles of groomed cross-country ski trails and a spacious sledding hill.

Activities & Amenities

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parking Restrooms Drinking Water Electric Picnic Areas swimming Volleyball Court Archery Sledding Hill Geocaching Fishing XC-Skiing Horse-Back Riding Dog Exercise Area Winter Hiking/Dog Walking/Snowshoeing Biking


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 Friday, February 27, 2015 

Park Conditions Base Trails are:
Menomonee Park Fair/Good 2½" Open
Minooka Park Very good 2½" Open
Nashotah Park Good 2½" 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 Friday, February 27, 2015:

Park Conditions Snow Cover
Menomonee Park Fair 1½"
Minooka Park Fair 1½"
Mukwonago Park Poor 0"
Nashotah Park Good 2"

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 www.waukeshasnow.org.

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):