Waukesha County

Due to COVID-19, Waukesha County's in-person services may be limited or altered. Click here for hours and updates

Closures, alerts, and notices pertaining to beaches, dog exercise areas, lake access points, recreational trails, 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 on: Wed., October 7, 2020

Waukesha County is continuing to provide vital government services to members of the public, while following established safety measures to protect employees and members of the public from the COVID-19 virus. The Park System will continue to follow these practices to help keep our visitors and staff safe. We appreciate your patience.

We know that our parks and trails provide opportunities for physical activity and stress relief that is critical to the health of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team has increased monitoring of all facilities in an effort to ensure the parks can remain open, clean, and safe during this public health crisis. Also, we continue to ask patrons to follow all park rules and to pay the daily entrance fee or purchase an annual sticker, as these fees will help us cover a portion of the costs to stay open.   

Please note:

  • Parks and trails are open. Please help us stay open with respectful and responsible visits.
  • Park users should practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of approximately 6 feet from others.
  • Due to the Governor's Executive Order, masks or other face coverings are required by all visitors, ages 5 and older, while indoors in a county facility or within an enclosed area. 
  • In order to maintain safety, our staff reserves the right to ask patrons to adjust distances, temporarily restrict access to the park or specific areas and ask visitors to come back another time. 
  • Please only park in designated park lots/spots at all Park locations. Park staff and Rangers will be strictly enforcing this parking rule at all facilities.
  • All playgrounds are open but are not sanitized and should be used at your own risk.  
  • Picnic tables are not sanitized and should be used at your own risk.  
  • Family and Group Campgrounds are open.

For updated, credible information about COVID-19 in Waukesha County, visit: www.waukeshacounty.gov/COVID19. (Visit this page routinely as data about COVID-19 changes daily.)

Please view the following tabs for specific information:

  • Social Gatherings

    Social Gatherings & Masks or Face Coverings:

    Updated on: Wed., October 7, 2020

    Waukesha County's large gathering recommendation details are available at https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/gatherings.

    In accordance with DHS Emergency Order #3, indoor spaces open to the public are limited to no more than 25% of the total occupancy. Spaces that are not open to the public are not limited by the order.

    Due to the Governor's Executive Order #90, masks or other face coverings are required by all visitors, ages 5 and older, while indoors in a county facility or within an enclosed area. 


  • Golf Courses

    Updated on: Wed., October 7, 2020

    Waukesha County Golf Courses are OPEN.

    Please review our updated course procedures as we operate while following current pandemic guidelines.

  • Retzer Nature Center

    Updated on: Wed., October 7, 2020

    Retzer Environmental Learning Center buildings are OPEN to the public.

    • Operations have adjusted for 25% capacity requirements in accordance with DHS Emergency Order #3 limiting indoor public gatherings.
    • Visitors should practice social distancing by maintaining distance of approximately 6 feet from others.
    • Due to the Governor's Executive Order, masks or other face coverings are required by all visitors, ages 5 and older, while indoors in a county facility or within an enclosed area.

    All trails are OPEN

    • No dogs allowed (service dogs permitted).
    • Practice social distancing by maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others on the trails.

    Construction Update: Please note that the grounds at Retzer Nature Center are undergoing renovations. Please watch for updates, signs, and changes to vehicle and pedestrian routes as some of the drives, parking lots, trails, and outdoor areas will be temporarily closed.

  • Ice Arenas

    Updated on: Wed., October 7, 2020

    Eble Ice Arena is OPEN.

    • Groups may make online reservations
    • Public skate hours will be limited and operations have adjusted for 25% capacity requirements in accordance with DHS Emergency Order #3 limiting indoor public gatherings.

    Naga-Waukee Ice Arena is OPEN.

    • Groups may make online reservations
    • Public skate hours will be limited and operations have adjusted for 25% capacity requirements in accordance with DHS Emergency Order #3 limiting indoor public gatherings.

Dog Exercise Areas:

Updated on: Mon., August 3, 2020
NOTICE: Dog Exercise Area users should practice social distancing by maintaining distance of approximately 6 feet from others.

Minooka Park's Dog Exercise Areas are OPEN, please be aware and avoid wet and muddy areas. 

Mukwonago Park's  Dog Exercise Areas are OPEN. 
Notice: The water is on. Water faucets in the Dog Exercise Areas are not cleaned by park staff. None of the surfaces are disinfected. Please use at your own risk.

Nashotah Park's Dog Exercise Areas are OPEN, please be aware and avoid wet and muddy areas. 
Notice: The water is on. Water faucets in the Dog Exercise Areas are not cleaned by park staff. None of the surfaces are disinfected. Please use at your own risk.


Mountain Bike Trails:

Updated on:Sun.,Oct. 18.2020

Minooka Park's Mountain Bike Trails are CLOSED due to conditions.


Retzer Nature Center:

Updated on: Wed., October 14, 2020
Closures: As renovations progress, Retzer Nature Center will be CLOSED temporarily from 6AM Thursday, October 15th through 6PM on Tuesday, October 20th for construction. Please watch for updates.

Road Construction: Access to Retzer Environmental Learning Center building will be limited coming from the east using Madison Street due to a road project. Access is available from Hwy 18 and County Rd DT. Read more about the Madison Street Reconstruction Project.

Recreational Trails Fall Surveys: 

Updated on: Thurs., September 24, 2020
Please be aware that Waukesha County's Recreational Trails (Bugline Trail, Lake Country Trail, New Berlin Trail) will have contractors and equipment within the trail corridor surveying and monitoring beginning September 24 through fall 2020. Please use caution. For more information contact Parks and Land Use at 262-548-7805.

New Berlin Trail: 

Updated on: Fri., October 2, 2020

The New Berlin Trail will be having maintenance performed near the Sunnyslope Road intersection for culvert replacement and pavement repairs beginning on Wed., September 9. Please use caution on the trail.


Bugline Trail: 

Updated on: Thurs. 9/17/20
Bugline Trail Parking Lot on Waukesha Avenue north of Main Street in Sussex
Parking Lot will be Closed for 3 days from September 28 - September 30 for We Energies to conduct electrical service work

Nashotah Park Entrance:

Updated on: Mon., August 3, 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. Read more about this project in our FAQ Document.


Pewaukee Lake Access:

Updated Fri., May 8, 2020

No life jackets are available. In order to help minimize contamination, no life jackets will be available for communal use at the launch.


Bridle Trails:

Updated on: Mon., June 22, 2020

Bridle Trails at Menomonee Park are OPEN

Bridle Trails at Minooka Park are OPEN

Bridle Trails at Ryan Park are OPEN.