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 subject to change. Check back for project updates.

Waukesha County is reconstructing the launch at the Pewaukee Lake Access site. The construction project was planned for the end of the boating season to try to minimize the impact on lake users. 

There are two other launch accesses to Pewaukee Lake, but parking is limited.  See locations on the Wisconsin DNR website.

Date Updates
September 20, 2021 Site and facilities will close
Reconstruction project begins
December 18, 2021 The south ramp of the launch re-opens for public access.
The north ramp remains closed due to conditions.
2022 Project continues - details to be determined

Pewaukee Lake Greenway:

Updated: Fri., December 3, 2021

The Pewaukee Lake Greenway site access drive will have temporary construction vehicle traffic in the driveway. Users should not block the temporary construction access and should park on the right side. See parking map.


Park System Automatic License Plate Reader System Project

Updated: December 10, 2021 - 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 systems have been installed at the entrances of Fox Brook, Fox River, Menomonee, Minooka, Mukwonago, Muskego, Naga-Waukee, and Nashotah Parks. The lake access sites at Nagawicka, Nemahbin, Pewaukee, and School Section Lakes will have a camera system or mobile camera enforcement system added in 2022.  As part of testing, 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

Please note: 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. 

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 Trail Project 

Dates and details 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

March 2022 - September 2022

Project Construction

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.

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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