Waukesha County

Pewaukee Lake Access:

Updated Nov 2, 2022

The lake access restroom facilities have been winterized and are closed for the season.


Naga-Waukee Park / Nagawicka Lake Access Project [PENDING]

Updated Nov 21, 2022

Pending authorization, the Nagawicka Lake boat launch and adjacent parking lot may be under construction and will have some temporary closures throughout 2023. 

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Lake Access Sites

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.

Purchase a Daily Launch Permit or Annual Lake Access Permit online for Pewaukee, Nagawicka, Nemahbin, and School Section Lakes. There is 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.

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  • 2023 Annual Lake Access Memberships

    2023 Annual Lake Access Memberships

    Lake Access Memberships are valid from the date of purchase through December 31, 2023. Enjoy access to the following fee-based lake access sites: Nagawicka Lake, Pewaukee Lake, Nemahbin Lake, and School Section Lake. (No annual membership or daily permit is required for lake access at Ashippun Lake.)  To purchase online, you will be asked to log in or sign up for an account. *Important: Have your license plate information ready. The Park System's Automatic License Plate Reader Systems requires entry of user vehicle plate information upon purchase (all capital letters, no spaces, no hyphen). 

    2023 Annual Lake Access Memberships: 

    • Lake Access Membership - $90 for one vehicle
    • Lake Access Membership - 2 for $135 for two vehicles

    • Park & Lake Access Membership - $120 for one vehicle
      - Package includes one Regular Park Membership and one Lake Access Membership

    Prices are subject to change.


    How to buy:
    • Online: 24/7/365
    • In Person:
      • Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha, WI 53188 (map)
      • Waukesha County Courthouse - Park System Main Office, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Room AC 260, Waukesha, WI 53188 (map
    • Automated Help Line262-548-7800
  • 2022 Daily Launch Permits

    2022 Daily Launch Permits

    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.) 

    *The Park System's Automatic License Plate Reader Systems requires accurate vehicle plate information when purchasing daily permits using all caps, no spaces, and no hyphens.


     Learn more about Lake Access and Boating

Waukesha County Park System
515 W. Moreland Blvd • AC 230
Waukesha, WI 53188

Visit us in person in room AC 260
Hours 
M-F 8 am - 4:30 pm (excluding Holidays) 
Contact us 
262-548-7801parksinfo@waukeshacounty.gov

Fee-based Park Hours: Sunrise to 10 p.m. daily
Daily Park Entrance Permit Fee: $6 per car | $25 per bus

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