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 leash / collar 
    • *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:

  • The permit holder is required to be onsite with the party and is responsible for ensuring the campsite is maintained in satisfactory condition. If anyone in the party fails to comply with camping and/or park rules, the permit may be revoked, without refund, requiring members of the party to leave the park and the permit holder may be assessed additional fees for clean-up and/or damage.
  • Park entrance fees apply. Daily entrance permit fee or annual entrance permit is required for all vehicles.
  • Campers must be 18 years of age or with a parent/legal guardian
  • Quiet time 11:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
  • Seven night camping limit
  • Check in is 3:00 p.m., check out is 12:00 p.m.
  • All firewood must be purchased at the park; no carry-ins
  • Parking on pavement, gravel, or designated areas only
  • Unlicensed motor vehicles (i.e. golf carts, UTVs, ATVs, etc.) are prohibited
  • No more than 3 dogs per handler.
  • Dogs must be leashed (6 ft. maximum length). Electronic leashes or collars are not considered a leash.
    *Off-leash permitted in designated Dog Exercise Areas and Dog Swim Areas only
  • Handlers shall have control of their dog(s) at all times
  • Handlers are responsible for removal and disposal of their dog's waste in a sanitary manner.

These rules are in addition to all Park Rules

Additional Park Rules:

Waukesha County Code of Ordinances:

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

Visit us in person in room AC 260
M-F 8 am - 4:30 pm (excluding Holidays) 
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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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