Southeastern Wisconsin is home to hundreds of ponds and lakes, but of course not all of them are open to the public for swimming. Here are 8 swimming ponds and lakes to cool off in this summer:
* - Free
$ - $0-5 per person
$$ - $5-20 per person
$$$ - $20+ per person
Brown Deer Pond ($)
4920 W. Green Brook Dr., Brown Deer, WI 53223
Head to Village Park in Brown Deer to swim in Brown Deer Pond, a one acre, chlorinated swimming facility with a sand beach. There is a large shallow water area for young kids, but be aware that inflatables and water wings are not allowed.
Fox Brook Park ($)
2925 N. Barker Rd., Brookfield, WI 53045
If you’re looking for a slice of classic Americana, head to Fox Brook Park on a summer afternoon. The man-made lake has a sandy bottom and clean, warm water to swim in. The lifeguards will help keep your little ones safe, and there is a well-maintained bathroom nearby. Be forewarned, there is no designated place to rinse off.
Helpful hint: Take a hike around the mile-long paved trail that winds around the lake. You’ll discover three wildlife viewing areas!
Lakefront Park in Pewaukee (*)
222 W. Wisconsin Ave. Pewaukee, WI 53072
Lakefront Park seems to emerge out of a Norman Rockwell painting with it’s small town charm and quaint shops along the shores of Pewaukee Lake. Spend your days relaxing in the park or swimming in the lake. Enjoy the warm summer evenings strolling down Main Street.
Pro tip: On Wednesdays in the summer, enjoy free live music at Waterfront Wednesday. Or catch one of the free, action-packed waterski shows on Thursday evenings between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Menomonee Park ($)
W220 N7884 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Nestled in Menomonee Park is the 16-acre Menomonee Quarry Lake, formerly known as Lannon Quarry. The water is clean and clear, and lifeguards are on duty during swimming hours. There is a swimming area for toddlers and small children. It’s a lovely place to go hiking, fishing, or camping.
Minooka Park ($)
1927 E. Sunset Dr., Waukesha, WI 53186
The largest park in the Waukesha County Parks System offers plenty of family-friendly hiking over hundreds of acres, and you can cool off in the swimming beach and pond. You can even bring your pets along to visit the fenced-in dog park.
Mukwonago Park ($)
W325, S9945 County Hwy LO, Mukwonago, WI 53149
About 30 minutes north of Milwaukee, you’ll find Mukwonago Park. This park is typically less crowded and, for a small car fee, you’ll enjoy a swimming pond, hiking trails, a dog park, and campgrounds. There are changing rooms, bathrooms, and a shower at the pond.
Muskego Park ($)
S83W20370 Janesville Rd, Muskego, WI 53150
Hike through the hardwood forests of this peaceful 153 acre park, and swim in a small pond with a swimming beach.
Naga-Waukee Park ($)
651 Hwy 83, Hartland, WI 53029
Naga-Waukee Park offers swimming in pretty Lake Nagawicka along with a playground nearby, plenty of camping grounds, and a chance to spot wildlife in their natural habitat. Take a peaceful moment to walk along the boardwalk that runs through the trees and along the lake.
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