Waukesha County

Waukesha County Park System has six beautiful parks that offer swimming beaches - ranging from small spring-fed ponds to Nagawicka Lake! We provide both lifeguarded beaches and swim at your own risk beaches. 

Lifeguard Beach Rules

(Fox Brook and Menomonee)

• No smoking                                 • No alcohol
• No glass                                      • No grills
• No fishing, no tackle                    • No pets* (*service animals welcome)

• Beach use is restricted to designated areas
Use of swimming area permitted only when lifeguard is on duty
• Failure to heed lifeguard directives may result in ejection and/or fines.
Children 5 years old and younger require close adult supervision at all times
• Scheduled safety checks at 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm. Swimming area may be cleared for up to 20 minutes.
• No running dives
• Proper swimming attire required
• Coast Guard-approved life jackets and flotation vests allowed only in shallow water sections (more information)
• Grilling permitted only in designated areas

Hours: 11 am – 7 pm daily pending weather and water quality.

These rules are in addition to all Park Rules

Swim At Your Own Risk Beach Rules

(Minooka, Mukwonago, Muskego, and Naga-Waukee)

No lifeguard on duty • Swim at your own risk

• No smoking                   • No alcohol
• No glass                        • No grills
• No fishing, no tackle     

• Beach use is restricted to designated areas
• Children require close adult supervision at all times
• Proper swimming attire required
• Grilling permitted only in designated areas

Hours: sunrise - sunset daily, pending weather and water quality.

These rules are in addition to all Park Rules


Waukesha County Parks Beaches & Swimming
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay to get into the park?
Yes, park entrance fees apply – cash, check, and credit cards are accepted at entrance huts. Daily Bus Entrance fee $22. Daily Entrance fee is $5 per vehicle or a Regular Annual Sticker is $32 or $16 for Seniors and qualifying Veterans. You can purchase an annual sticker online.

Can I kayak, canoe, paddle board?
Yes, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards are permitted. Do not launch your watercraft from the swimming beach. Coast Guard approved life jackets must be worn while on the water.

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?
Yes, you can train at Fox Brook and Menomonee parks once you successfully complete a free triathlon permit. Check in with the Head Lifeguard or Park Ranger upon your arrival. 

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?
No, not at lifeguarded beaches (Fox Brook and Menomonee park). These items can potentially block lifeguard views of swimmers, causing someone struggling to possibly be overlooked.

Yes, at all of our swim at your own risk beaches (Minooka, Mukwonago, Muskego, Naga-Waukee parks).

Is the beach open today?
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.

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

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

Are there showers available?
Yes, showers are available at Fox Brook, Menomonee, Muskego, and Naga-Waukee parks.

What concessions are available? Can I bring outside food?
Fox Brook and Menomonee parks have staffed concession stands during lifeguard hours. Muskego and Naga-Waukee parks have snack and beverage vending. Mukwonago and Minooka parks do not offer concessions.

Yes, you are permitted to bring food and non-alcholic beverages. No glass permitted on the beaches. 

What time do the beaches open?
Lifeguard beaches are open 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., pending weather and water quality.

Swim at your own risk beaches are open sunrise - sunset.

When do the beaches close for the season?
Typically, around Labor Day. As the season progresses, the exact closure dates for lifeguard and swim at your own risk beaches will be evaluated and posted to the Park Alerts page