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Pewaukee Lake Access:

Updated: Thurs., December 16, 2021

The Pewaukee Lake Access boat launch and site are being reconstructed.  Read more about this project.

The south ramp of the launch will OPEN on Saturday, December 18th, 2021 for public access.
The north ramp will remain closed due to conditions.

There are two other launch accesses to Pewaukee Lake, but parking is limited. See locations on the Wisconsin DNR websiteAnnual Lake Access Stickers are also valid to access Nagawicka, Nemahbin, and School Section Lakes.  


Nagawicka Lake Access:

Updated Mon., December 20, 2021

Please note: The Nagawicka Lake Access site parking lot will be reconstructed in the fall/winter of 2022. The lot and boat launch will be closed from September 6 - December 31, 2022. Check back for project updates.



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.


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