Waukesha County


Lake Access


Launch your boat, carry in your canoe, fish from shore, or just park while you join your friends at Waukesha County's five lake access sites. At three locations, self-register for a daily or annual launch permit: Pewaukee, Nagawicka, and Nemahbin Lakes. No fees for lake access at School Section Lake and Ashippun Lake.


Lake Access

OPEN: All stalls at: Pewaukee Lake • Nagawicka Lake • Nemahbin Lakes • Ashippun Lake

Prevent the spread of invasive species. Don't forget to use the boat cleaning stations provided at each launch!

When you leave a body of water:

  • Remove any visible mud, plant, fish or animals before transporting equipment.
  • Eliminate water from equipment before transporting.
  • Clean and dry anything that comes into contact with water (boats, trailers, equipment, clothing, dogs, etc.)
  • Never release plants, fish or animals into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.

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  • Ashippun Lake
    Location/Directions: Town of Oconomowoc • northwest Waukesha County 
    View directions (enter 'starting address' at top right)
    Size:  84 Acres 
    Depth: 40' Maximum 
    Public Access: Southwest side of Ashippun on McMahon Road
    Fish Types:  Bass, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye 
    More Information:  Like other large lakes in the area, its size makes it popular for recreational boating.  
    Fees:  None
  • Nagawicka Lake
    Location/Directions:

    Town of Delafield and Village of Nashotah • north-central Waukesha County.
    View directions (enter 'starting address' at top right)

    Size:  917 Acres
    Depth: 90' maximum  
    Public Access: Southeast corner of lake at Naga-Waukee Park  
    Fish Types:  Bass, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye 
    More Information:  Like other large lakes in the area, its size makes it popular for recreational boating. 
    Daily Lake Access permit: 

    Weekday: carry-in $6 • trailered $6.50
    Weekend and holiday: carry-in $6 • trailered $8

    Annual Lake Access sticker:  $80 first vehicle
    additional Annual Lake Access sticker: $40 second vehicle registered at same residence • max. one 
  • Nemahbin Lake
    Location/Directions:

    Town of Summit • northwest Waukesha County.
    View directions (enter 'starting address' at top right)

    Upper Nemahbin Lake: Size: 248 Acres / Depth: 53' maximum  
    Lower Nemahbin Lake:  Size: 271 acres / Depth: 43' maximum 
    Public Access: South end of Upper Nemahbin Lake on C.T.H. DR  
    Fish Types:  Bass, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye  
    Daily Lake Access permit: 

    (self-registration only)
    Weekday: carry-in $6 • trailered $6.50
    Weekend and holiday: carry-in $6 • trailered $8

    Annual Lake Access sticker:
    $80 first vehicle 
    additional Annual Lake Access sticker:  $40 second vehicle registered at same residence • max. one 
  • Pewaukee Lake
    Location/Directions: Pewaukee • north-central Waukesha County 
    View directions (enter 'starting address' at top right)
    Size:  2,493 Acres 
    Depth: 45' maximum , 10' averages  
    Public Access: West end of Pewaukee Lake on Hwy. E  
    Fish Types:  Bass, Stocked Muskie, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye  
    More Information:  Pewaukee is a popular recreational lake, with skiing and sailing, plus winter ice boating. There are a few restaurants on the lake where you can dock for a bite to eat. The east half of the lake is in the City of Pewaukee and the west half is in the Town of Delafield. 
    Fees:  Weekday: carry-in $6 • trailered $6.50 
    Weekend and holiday: carry-in $6 • trailered $8
    Annual Lake Access sticker:  $80 first vehicle
    additional Annual Lake Access sticker:  $40 second vehicle registered at same residence • max. one 
  • School Section Lake
    Location/Directions: Town of Ottawa • west-central Waukesha County. 
    View directions (enter 'starting address' at top right)
    Size:  117 Acres
    Depth: 8' Maximum   
    Public Access: West end of Pewaukee LakOn north side of School Section Lakee on Hwy. E  
    Fish Types:  Bass, Stocked Muskie, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye  
    More Information:  There is an island in the middle of the lake, and even though it is shallow, fish abound. 
    Fees:  None

Park Hours: Sunrise to 10pm (Year-Round)
Daily Entrance Fee: $4 per car | $22 per bus
Park System Office
515 W. Moreland Blvd. Rm AC 230 Waukesha, WI 53188
Business Hours: M-F, 8-4:30 pm (excluding Holidays)
Phone: (262) 548-7801 | Fax: (262) 896-8071
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