Waukesha County

COVID-19 Vaccine: Learn more at www.waukeshacounty.gov/vaccine

Closures, alerts, and notices pertaining to beaches, dog exercise areas, lake access points, recreational trails, park projects, and more will be posted on this page as necessary. If a notice hasn't been updated recently, that means there has been no change to the status as it is posted.

If you have any questions, please call Guest Services at 262-548-7801 Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:15 pm.


Coronavirus COVID-19 Information: 

Updated Sun., September 19, 2021

The Waukesha County Park System continues to follow CDC guidelines to protect employees and members of the public from the COVID-19 virus. Please enjoy parks, trails, and facilities with respectful and responsible visits by following all park rules. Patrons should follow CDC guidelines when choosing activities.

Family and Group Campgrounds are open through October 10th
• Swimming Beaches are open with Swim At Your Own Risk hours through September 26
Golf Courses are open 
• Our staff reserves the right to temporarily restrict access to a park or specific areas and ask visitors to come back another time
• Visitors should pay the $6 daily entrance fee at park locations or have an annual park entrance sticker on their vehicle


For additional COVID-19 information in Waukesha County, visit: www.waukeshacounty.gov/COVID19


Dog Exercise Areas:

Updated on: Thur., September 2, 2021
Menomonee Park's Dog Exercise Areas are OPEN. 
Minooka Park's Dog Exercise Areas are OPEN. 
Mukwonago Park's Dog Exercise Areas are OPEN.
Nashotah Park's Dog Exercise Areas are OPEN.

 

Minooka Mountain Bike Trails:

Updated on: Wed.,September 22, 2021.

Minooka Park's Mountain Bike Trails are OPEN.


Minooka Park:

Updated on: Mon. August 5, 2021

The roads around Minooka Park are currently under construction as part of the Great Water Alliance Project. Traffic will be affected as the project continues. Get construction updates for Waukesha on the Project Website.


Pewaukee Lake Access:

Updated: Mon., September 20, 2021

The Pewaukee Lake Access boat launch and site are CLOSED for construction through the end of December 2021. Read more about this project.

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

Annual Lake Access Stickers are also valid to access Nagawicka, Nemahbin, and School Section Lakes.  


Camping:

Updated Mon., August 23, 2021

Attention Campers! A new and improved online reservation system is coming soon! Due to the software transition, online camping reservations and the campgrounds will CLOSE on Sunday, October 10 at 3 p.m. All 2022 campground reservations will open on January 1, 2022.


Online System Project:

Updated Tues., September 21, 2021

A new and improved online system is coming soon! Due to the software transition, the online store, program registration, and facility reservations will be unavailable from October 1 - 17, 2021. The online new system will be available beginning October 18, 2021. Contact Retzer Nature Center for the availability of any programs happening during this time (262) 896-8007. All 2022 campground reservations will open on January 1, 2022. 


Park System Automatic License Plate Reader System Project:

Updated: Thurs., September 9, 2021 

The Automatic License Plate Reader System Project camera systems have been installed at the entrances of Fox Brook, Fox River, Menomonee, Minooka, Mukwonago, Muskego, Naga-Waukee, and Nashotah Parks. As part of testing, all vehicle license plates are now being captured automatically by the cameras. Read more about this project.


Crack Filling at the Parks:

Updated on: Mon., September 20, 2021

Crack fill and striping of the entire facility will be taking place at these locations between September 20 - 24 (weather dependent):

  • Fox Brook Park (Sept. 20, rain date Sept. 21)
  • Moor Downs Golf Course  (Sept. 21, rain date Sept. 22)
  • River Park (Sept. 22 -23, rain date Sept. 24)
  • Ashippun Lake Access (Sept. 20 - 22)
  • Nemahbin Lake Access (Sept. 20 - 22)
  • School Section Lake Access (Sept. 20 - 22)

Lake Country Trail:

Updated on: Wed., September 22, 2021

Mowing along the trail (east-to-west) will occur Monday, September 20 - Tuesday, September 21. The trail will stay open for use, please be aware and keep clear of the equipment. 

The Lake Country Trail will have trail sections CLOSED from October 4 - November 24 for overhead line work from Oconomowoc Parkway to W. Jefferson St. *Dates subject to change.
See Map of Closure


Bugline Trail: 

Updated on: Mon., September 20, 2021

Utility surveys which may include flagging and soil borings are being conducted along the Bugline Trail through November 20, 2021 from Shady Lane intersection to Highway F intersection. Trail users should not remove any flagging or obstruct the survey process.


Retzer Nature Center:

Updated on: Sat., September 18, 2021 

Project Updates: The Discover Trail Project Area at Retzer Nature Center may be temporarily CLOSED for construction (see Trail Map). We will be working on improvements to this area through mid-fall 2021. Please follow all posted signs. Learn more about the project.


BeacWater Quality & Conditions

Waukesha County Park System consistently monitors our beaches for E. coli bacteria and blue-green algae during the swim season.
Waukesha County is committed to giving our customers the best experience at our beaches.  

Routine water sampling for bacteria is performed by Waukesha County Staff and the results are posted below. 

A visual check is performed for blue-green algae. If blue-green algae is suspected, the beach would be closed and sampling would be conducted with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the results would be posted below. Additional information about blue-green algae.

Water quality, Swimmer's Itch, and weather may all be factors in your beach planning. Always consider that weather conditions can change quickly. 

Water Quality Results

Good ≤ 235
Under Advisory =236-999
Poor ≥ 1000

Testing is based on E. coli colonies per 100 ml.

Location

Status Condition Water Quality Sample Tested On

Fox Brook Park

Closed

N/A

N/A

N/A

Menomonee Park

Open

Good

41 9/20/21
Minooka Park Open Good 39 9/20/21
Muskego Park Open Good 44 9/20/21
Mukwonago Park Open Good 28 9/20/21
Naga-Waukee Park Open Good

06

9/20/21

Muskego Park Insect Research:

Updated on: Mon., June 14, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting insect sampling utilizing small traps hung throughout the park in an effort to detect the presence of non-native insects.

Traps will be placed at Muskego Park from June 2021 until mid-September 2021 and sampled every 2-3 weeks. Traps are hung in trees and are clearly marked. Please do not disturb the traps as they are part of an active ongoing study.

Eble Ice Arena:

Updated on: Fri., May 28, 2021

Eble Park Ice Arena is temporarily CLOSED for a mechanical project. We are working to reopen as soon as possible.

Nashotah Park Entrance Native Prairie Restoration:

Updated on: Fri., November 6, 2020

The turf along the entrance road in Nashotah Park being converted from non-native cool season grass into a native prairie planting that will sustainably benefit a variety of pollinators and other wildlife. Learn more about this Parkland Conservation project.


Bridle Trails:

Updated on: Fri., September 10, 2021

Menomonee Park Bridle Trails are OPEN

Minooka Park Bridle Trails are OPEN. 

Muskego Park Bridle Trails are OPEN.

Ryan Park Bridle Trails are OPEN