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Swimming Beaches

Waukesha County Park System has six beautiful swimming beaches at Fox Brook, Menomonee, Minooka, Mukwonago, Muskego, and Naga-Waukee Parks.

Beach Season Opens Friday, May 27 with Swim At Your Own Risk (SAYOR) Daily, Sunrise - Sunset

 

Swim at Your Own Risk - When No Lifeguards on Duty Beach Rules

Fox Brook, Menomonee, Minooka, Mukwonago, Muskego, and Naga-Waukee Parks
Sunrise - Sunset

  • Swimming is allowed in designated roped-in shallow area only
  • The following are prohibited in the beach area (within 40-foot radius of sand and beach house)
    • Smoking                                 • Alcohol
    • Glass                                      • Grilling
    • Fishing Poles/Tackle                  
  • Dog swimming:
    • At Minooka, Mukwonago, Muskego & Naga-Waukee Parks – dog swimming is allowed in beach area
    • At Fox Brook & Menomonee Parks - dog swimming is allowed in designated dog swimming areas only (not on sand beach)
  • In case of emergency, call 9-1-1

These rules are in addition to all Park Rules

Water quality is tested weekly, status is posted by throw ring. After heavy rainfall, bacteria levels may be elevated.


Waukesha County Parks Beaches & Swimming FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay to get into the park?
Yes, park entrance permit fees apply and can be purchased online. The Park System's Automatic License Plate Reader Systems is active. Pay within 5 days of visit to avoid a violation ticket. Entrance is not guaranteed when facilities are filled to capacity or for special events. 

When is the beach open?
Check our Park Alerts page for status updates and conditions.

What is the water quality?
Check our Park Alerts page for status updates and conditions.

Can I kayak, canoe, paddleboard?
Yes, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards are permitted. Do not launch your watercraft from the swimming beach, please use designated watercraft launch area. Properly fitting Coast Guard approved life jackets must be worn while on the water in the watercraft, and you must remain in your watercraft at all times. View watercraft rules.

Can I rent a kayak or canoe?
High Roller Fun Rentals will manage rentals in 2022 at Fox Brook and Menomonee Parks during the beach season. The Recreation Concessions will be available for rental on a limited schedule. Check their website for additional information. 

What concessions are available? Can I bring outside food?
Full-service concessions will be available at Fox Brook Park. Vending machines are available at Muskego and Naga-Waukee beaches. You are permitted to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages. No glass is permitted on the beaches. 

Can I use a beach umbrella / small pop-up tent for shade?
Yes, both are permitted. Umbrellas may be on the beach. Pop-up tents must be placed on turf areas and cannot be staked into the ground.

Can I use an inflatable toy or boat in the designated swim area?

  • Yes, during Swim At Your Own Risk hours 
  • Note: Inflatable watercraft are allowed outside of the designated swim area if all members are wearing properly fitting Coast Guard approved lifejackets and occupants remain in the watercraft at all times. View watercraft rules.

I left something behind - what do I do?
You can either visit the park's office or call the park office.

Can I bring my dog to swim?
Dogs are permitted at some beaches - check our Dogs page for more information concerning beach swimming and designated dog swim areas.

Are there showers available?
Showers are available at Fox Brook, Menomonee, Muskego, Mukwonago, and Naga-Waukee parks. Showers are not available at Minooka Park.

Can I scuba dive?
Yes, you can scuba dive at Fox Brook and Menomonee parks once you successfully complete a free scuba dive permit. 

Can I train for triathlon swimming outside of the designated swim area?
Yes, you can train at Fox Brook and Menomonee parks outside of the designated swim area once you successfully complete a free Triathlon Swim Training Permit, and are in compliance with all the permit terms and conditions. Check-in with park staff (if possible) upon your arrival, and be prepared to show a copy of your permit. 

When do the beaches close for the season?
The swim season ends on Tuesday, September 6 at Fox Brook Park.
The swim season ends on Sunday, September 25 at Menomonee, Minooka, Muskego, Mukwonago, and Naga-Waukee Parks.