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 snow conditions, dog exercise areas, 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 Fri., November 20, 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 have an annual entrance sticker. The 2021 annual park entrance stickers go on sale Friday, November 27, 2020. These fees 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 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.  

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: Fri., November 20, 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 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. 


  • Golf Courses

    Updated Fri., November 20, 2020

    Waukesha County Golf Courses are OPEN.

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

  • Retzer Nature Center

    Retzer Nature Center:

    Updated on: Fri., November 20, 2020
    Hiker Advisory: Deer season is open, there may be hunters on private land adjacent to Retzer Nature Center. For your safety, wearing blaze orange or bright colors is recommended when hiking on the yellow fen trail.
    Construction Updates: Retzer Nature Center is currently undergoing some exciting new renovations. The building and most trails are open for visitors. 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. Please view the closures parking map and trails map.
    Madison Street 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.

    Please Note:

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

    Updated on: Fri., November 6, 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: Fri., November 20, 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 has been turned off for the season. 

Nashotah Park's Dog Exercise Areas are OPEN, please be aware and avoid wet and muddy areas. 
Notice: The water has been turned off for the season. 


Mountain Bike Trails:

Updated on: Sun., November 15, 2020

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


Nashotah Park Special Archery Hunt:

Updated: Fri., November 20, 2020

Special Archery Deer Hunt will take place in Nashotah Park from November 27 - December 17, 2020. Visitors should wear orange vests or bright clothing. Hunters are required to wear blaze orange. Hunting is not allowed within the designated park use areas (see Nashotah Park Hunting Map). Learn more about the Nashotah Park Special Archery Hunt.


Retzer Nature Center:

Updated on: Fri., November 20, 2020
Hiker Advisory: Deer season is open, there may be hunters on private land adjacent to Retzer Nature Center. For your safety, wearing blaze orange or bright colors is recommended when hiking on the yellow fen trail.
Construction Updates: Retzer Nature Center is currently undergoing some exciting new renovations. The building and most trails are open for visitors. 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. Please view the closures parking map and trails map.
Madison Street 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.

Menomonee Park Dog Exercise Area Project:

Updated on: Fri., October 23, 2020
The first phase of the Dog Exercise Area Project begins with paving construction on Mon., October 26, 2020. Picnic Area 1 parking lot will be closed for the project. Please watch for updates, signs, and changes to vehicle and pedestrian routes.  Read more about this project.

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.


Nashotah Park Entrance:

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. Read more about this project in our FAQ Document.


Bridle Trails:

Updated on: Mon., November 2, 2020

Bridle Trails at Menomonee Park are CLOSED

Bridle Trails at Minooka Park are CLOSED

Bridle Trails at Ryan Park are OPEN.


 

Snow Conditions:

Updated as needed starting November 30, 2020.

Cross Country Ski Trails
 Location Status Base  Conditions  Updated On

Menomonee Park (View park map) Closed 0" Closed  -
Minooka Park  (View park map) Closed 0" Closed  - 
Nashotah Park  (View park map) Closed

0"

Closed  -

Reminders: Hikers must remain on designated Winter Hiking Trails.


Retzer Nature Center Snowshoe Rentals

Retzer Nature Center's snowshoe rentals are NOT AVAILABLE. 
Read more about snowshoeing at Retzer Nature Center.


Snowmobile Trails

For trail conditions call the Waukesha County Snowmobile Association's Hotline at (414) 299-0330.

For information about snowmobile clubs in the Waukesha area, see the Waukesha County Snowmobile Association's website at www.waukeshasnow.org.