Waukesha County

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Current Park Projects & FAQs

Rendering Pewaukee to Brookfield project


Discovery Trail Project at Retzer Nature Center

Help us revitalize Retzer's old Adventure Trail with expanded accessibility for all ages and abilities. The new Discovery Trail will include a variety of "Exploration Stations" for outdoor education, sensory-based play experiences, and STEM activities for families and school groups. 

Pewaukee Lake Access Launch Reconstruction Project

Dates and details are subject to change. Update: Sat., May 28, 2022.

Waukesha County reconstructed the boat launches at the Pewaukee Lake Access site. The project was constructed Spring 2022, starting April 19 and completed on May 28, 2022.  The anticipated completion date was June 3, 2022. To minimize interruption to lake access the launches were reconstructed in two phases so that one launch could remain open through the construction process. 

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.  

Date Updates
Spring 2022 Bid for construction

April 19, 2022

Reconstruction project begins on North ramp. To minimize interruption to lake access the launches were reconstructed in two phases so that one launch could remain open through the construction process.

May 16, 2022

The new North launch ramp is completed OPEN for use. The South ramp is now CLOSED for reconstruction. 

May 28, 2022

Both North and South ramps are OPEN for use.

June 3, 2022

Anticipated construction project completion.


Park System Automatic License Plate Reader System Project

Updated: February 1, 2022 - Dates and details subject to change. Check back for project updates.

The Waukesha County Park System’s Automatic License Plate Reader System Project bid was awarded in June 2021. This project will improve user fee management, increase park security for all visitors, and effectively utilize staff time and talent for other priority park operations.

The camera system installations were completed by August 2021 at Fox Brook, Fox River, Menomonee, Minooka, Mukwonago, Muskego, Naga-Waukee, and Nashotah Parks. The lake access site camera system installations or mobile camera enforcement systems were completed by January 2022 at Nagawicka, Nemahbin, Pewaukee, and School Section Lakes. All vehicle license plates are now being captured automatically by the cameras.

2022 annual stickersdaily entrance permits, and daily lake access can be purchased online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/parkentry. Patrons will also have the option to pay in-person at the Waukesha County Parks and Land Use Administration Office or at Retzer Nature Center

Patrons will need to provide accurate license plate numbers when purchasing a daily entrance permit or annual park/lake access stickers using all caps, no spaces, and no hyphens to avoid a violation ticket. 

If you receive a notice of violation and have questions, please email us. Waukesha County cannot accept payment for 1st and Final Notice of Violation as this automated enforcement is conducted by a third party.

Date Updates
 February - May 2021 Project Research and Project Out to Bid
 May - September 2021 Installation and Testing 
 Early November 2021 Project completion anticipated 
 November 26, 2021 Online 2022 Annual Park Entrance Sticker Sales Begin
 November 29, 2021 - January 31, 2022 Enforcement testing in progress
 February 1, 2022 Camera Enforcement Full Implementation begins


Pewaukee to Brookfield Connector Multi-use Fox River Trail Project 

Dates and details are subject to change. Check back for project updates.

Date Updates

Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Virtual Public Involvement Meeting #1


Wed., July 8, 2020

Virtual Public Involvement Meeting #2

March 2021 - December 2021

Project Coordination with WisDOT

December  2021 - February 2022

Project Out to Bid

February 2022

Project Awarded to a Contractor

April 11 - September 16, 2022

Project Construction
Vinton Construction Company of Two Rivers, WI

  • Clearing and Removal of Vegetation
  • Removal of Railroad Ties and Rail
  • Trail Prep
  • Asphalt Trail Installation
  • Bridge Work
  • Planting and Restoration
  • Finishing Touches

Nashotah Park Native Prairie Restoration / No-Mow Area Project



The Nashotah Park Native Prairie Restoration Project is underway as one of the Parkland Conservation Fund's projects. The restoration of old agricultural fields into native prairie is creating pollinator habitat. The native plantings will provide habitat for birds, pollinators, and other insects. The beauty of blooming flowers will also add to the natural beauty of Nashotah Park.

Leave Your Mark Boardwalk Project at Retzer Nature Center

Leave your mark on the boardwalk at Retzer Nature Center. The Leave Your Mark Project provides an opportunity for patrons of Retzer to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the Nature Center. 

The custom planks allow for recognition of friends, family, yourself, your business, or a special event or memory while supporting our efforts to improve the educational and recreational enjoyment of our visitors.

Waukesha County Park System Administration
Mailing Address:
 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Rm AC 230, Waukesha, WI 53188
Reception Desk:
Business Hours: 
M-F, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (excluding Holidays) 
(262) 548-7801Email: parksinfo@waukeshacounty.gov

Fee-based Park Hours: Sunrise to 10 p.m. (Year-Round)
Daily Park Entrance Fee: $6 per car | $25 per bus

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