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Pewaukee Lake Access:

Updated: Mon., June 7, 2021

The Pewaukee Lake Access boat launch and site will be closed for construction beginning September 20, 2021. Read more about this project.


Lake Access

Launch your boat, carry in your canoe, fish from shore, or just park while you join your friends at Waukesha County's five lake access sites.

At four locations, self-register for a Daily Launch Permit or Annual Lake Access Sticker at Pewaukee, Nagawicka, Nemahbin, and School Section Lakes. No fee for lake access at Ashippun Lake.

  • Ashippun Lake
    Location/Directions: Town of Oconomowoc • northwest Waukesha County 
    View directions (enter 'starting address' at top right)
    Size:  84 Acres 
    Depth: 40' Maximum 
    Public Access: Southwest side of Ashippun on McMahon Road
    Fish Types:  Bass, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye 
    More Information:  Like other large lakes in the area, its size makes it popular for recreational boating.  
    Fee: No Fee
  • Nagawicka Lake
    Location/Directions:

    Town of Delafield and Village of Nashotah • north-central Waukesha County.
    View directions (enter 'starting address' at top right)

    Size:  917 Acres
    Depth: 90' maximum  
    Public Access: Southeast corner of lake at Naga-Waukee Park  
    Fish Types:  Bass, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye 
    More Information:  Like other large lakes in the area, its size makes it popular for recreational boating. 
    Fee: Daily Permit or Annual Lake Access Sticker required (see below)
  • Nemahbin Lake
    Location/Directions:

    Town of Summit • northwest Waukesha County.
    View directions (enter 'starting address' at top right)

    Upper Nemahbin Lake: Size: 248 Acres / Depth: 53' maximum  
    Lower Nemahbin Lake:  Size: 271 acres / Depth: 43' maximum 
    Public Access: South end of Upper Nemahbin Lake on C.T.H. DR  
    Fish Types:  Bass, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye  
    Fee: Daily Permit or Annual Lake Access Sticker required (see below)
  • Pewaukee Lake
    Location/Directions: Pewaukee • north-central Waukesha County 
    View directions (enter 'starting address' at top right)
    Size:  2,493 Acres 
    Depth: 45' maximum , 10' averages  
    Public Access: West end of Pewaukee Lake on Hwy. E  
    Fish Types:  Bass, Stocked Muskie, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye  
    More Information:  Pewaukee is a popular recreational lake, with skiing and sailing, plus winter ice boating. There are a few restaurants on the lake where you can dock for a bite to eat. The east half of the lake is in the City of Pewaukee and the west half is in the Town of Delafield. 
    Fee: Daily Permit or Annual Lake Access Sticker required (see below)
  • School Section Lake
    Location/Directions: Town of Ottawa • west-central Waukesha County. 
    View directions (enter 'starting address' at top right)
    Size:  117 Acres
    Depth: 8' Maximum   
    Public Access: On north side of School Section Lake
    Fish Types:  Bass, Stocked Muskie, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye  
    More Information:  There is an island in the middle of the lake, and even though it is shallow, fish abound. 
    Fee: Daily Permit or Annual Lake Access Sticker required (see below)

Prevent the spread of invasive species. Don't forget to use the boat cleaning stations provided at each launch!

When you leave a body of water:

  • Remove any visible mud, plant, fish or animals before transporting equipment.
  • Eliminate water from equipment before transporting.
  • Clean and dry anything that comes into contact with water (boats, trailers, equipment, clothing, dogs, etc.)
  • Never release plants, fish or animals into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.

Click here for more information.

  • 2021 Annual Lake Access Sticker
    2021 Annual Lake Access Sticker
    **On Sale Now**

    Please note: The license plate number(s) of the vehicle on which the sticker will be placed is required for purchase. Accuracy is important, as Waukesha County will be installing license plate recognition cameras at entrance huts to improve use fee management.

    Valid for access at Nagawicka Lake, Pewaukee Lake, Nemahbin Lake, and School Section Lake. (No sticker or daily fee required for lake access at Ashippun Lake.)

    Permit Fee
    Annual Lake Access Sticker  $90 
       2 Vehicle Package (Limit 1)*    $135 

    *Package stickers available for vehicles registered at the same residence. Must be purchased at same time.

    Prices subject to change.

    Learn more about Lake Access and Boating

  • 2021 Daily Launch Permits

    2021 Daily Launch Permits
    Valid for daily access at Nagawicka Lake, Pewaukee Lake, Nemahbin Lake, and School Section Lake. (No fee required at Ashippun Lake Access.)

    Permit Fee
    Carry-in  $7.00
    Trailered $9.00

    Prices subject to change.

    Learn more about Lake Access and Boating


Park Hours: Sunrise to 10 p.m. (Year-Round)
Daily Entrance Fee: $6 per car | $25 per bus
Park System Office
515 W. Moreland Blvd. Rm AC 230 Waukesha, WI 53188
Business Hours: M-F, 8-4:30 pm (excluding Holidays)
Phone: (262) 548-7801 | Email: parksinfo@waukeshacounty.gov

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