Waukesha County


Rules - Waukesha County Parks:

  • Keep parks safe and fun for all: Stay on designated trails
  • Hours: Sunrise to 10 p.m.
  • RequiredDaily or annual entrance permit for each vehicle. (*except Retzer Nature Center)
  • Bicycles allowed on designated trails only
  • Speed Limit: 15 MPH
  • Parking in designated parking areas only
  • Fires in reserved facility’s grill or fireplace only
  • Beer and wine: Picnic permit required. Absolutely no liquor.
  • Dogs*:
    • Three max. per handler (Jan. 1, 2022)
    • Leash required (6 ft. or less). Electronic leashes or collars are not considered a leash.
    • *No dogs at Retzer Nature Center.
    • Off-leash dogs permitted in designated Dog Exercise Areas and Dog Swim Areas only
    • Handlers must retain control of their dog(s) at all times
    • Handlers must remove dog waste in a sanitary manner
  • Youth organizations (under 18 years of age): Adult supervision at all times required
  • Hunting, shooting, or trapping: Permitted on designated properties only

Camping Rules:

• Permit holder is required to be onsite with the party and is responsible for the maintaining satisfactory condition of the campsite at all times. Rules violations may result in permit cancellation without refund at any time. Permit holder may be assessed additional fees for clean-up and / or damage.
• Vehicles: Parks annual membership or daily permit is required for all vehicles upon entry to Park grounds.
• Campers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by parent / legal guardian
• Quiet time: 10 pm - 7 am
• Limit: Seven consecutive nights
• Check in time: 3 pm
• Check out time: 12 noon
• Any firewood must be purchased at the park; absolutely no carry-ins
• Parking on pavement, gravel, or designated areas
• Prohibited: unlicensed motor vehicles (eg. golf carts, UTVs, ATVs)
• No more than three dogs per handler
• Required: Dogs must be leashed (6-ft. max)*. Electronic leashes or collars are not considered a leash. 
• Handlers shall maintain control of dog(s) at all times
• Handlers are responsible for removal and disposal of their dog's waste in a sanitary manner.
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*Off-leash dogs permitted in designated Dog Exercise Areas and Dog Swim Areas only

Camping Cancellation Policy:

• Canceled fewer than 14 days in advance: no refund
• Cancelled 14 or more days in advance: full refund
• Official closures: No refunds for unforeseen circumstances or weather conditions, unless the facilities officially close.
• Campsite permits are nontransferable.

Additional Park Rules:

Waukesha County Code of Ordinances:


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Park Hours Sunrise to 10 pm • 365 days a year

Waukesha County Park System
515 W. Moreland Blvd • AC 230
Waukesha WI 53188 (map)

Hours M-F • 8 am - 4:30 pm* (closed holidays)
Visit us in person in room AC 260
*Rentals: in-person support 8 am - 4 pm
Contact us 262-548-7801 | [email protected]

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