11 Places To See Winter Waterfalls & Ice Formations Near Milwaukee (2022)

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Ice formations along Lake Michigan are absolutely gorgeous this time of year! So are frozen waterfalls, though you may have to travel a little farther to find those. Check out these locations before they melt away:


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1. Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Bayside, WI 53217
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Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Bayside Wisconsin Lake Michigan shoreline ice formations winter
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Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Bayside Wisconsin Mystery Lake pond ice formations winter

Start at the Nature Center and head down to the lake to see impressive ice formations. Or, stick to the snowy trails and forests, following the boardwalk by Mystery Lake or Mystery Pond to see other ice phenomena below the surface of the frozen water. You may notice a number of intricate formations at various depths in the ice, including suspended bubbles, spherical and crystalline shapes, and rings surrounding partially submerged branches.


2. Doctors Park

1870 E. Fox Ln., Fox Point, WI 53217

Doctors Park Fox Point Wisconsin Lake Michigan shoreline ice formations winter
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Park in the main lot by the playground, and take the path on the east side of the lot leading down to the beach. It’s all downhill and tree-covered on the way there, and you’re rewarded with beautiful rocks, driftwood, and amazing ice formations at Tietjen beach. Fair warning: It gets *really* cold by the water. Wear layers!


3. Atwater Park

4000 N. Lake Dr., Shorewood, WI 53211

Atwater Park Shorewood Wisconsin Lake Michigan shoreline ice formations winter
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Warm up at the playground, and say hello to the thinking man statue. Careful taking the impressive, steep staircase down to the beach! You’ll be rewarded with gorgeous ice formations.


4. Bradford Beach

2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Milwaukee’s most well-known beach is home to some of the most beautiful wintry scenes. A quick comb of the shore offers stunning views of icicle-lined trees and rocks glazed in ice.


5. Seven Bridges

Grant Park Dr., South Milwaukee, WI 53172

Seven Bridges Park South Milwaukee Wisconsin Lake Michigan shoreline ice formations winter
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Set along the shores of Lake Michigan, the babbling brooks, lannon stone paths, foot bridges, and huge beech trees make this area feel like an enchanted winter wonderland.

The trail starts at the Covered Bridge entrance. Find it by entering off of Lake Drive. The main loop will take you down to the beach and back, and is just half a mile total. To access it, find the stairway to the left of the Covered Bridge entrance, and take the stairs down. Then follow the path all the way to the lakefront.


6. Wehr Nature Center

9701 W. College Ave., Franklin, WI 53132
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Wehr Nature Center Franklin Wisconsin frozen waterfall ice formations winter
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Yep, this waterfall is right here in Milwaukee County. You’ll find it at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin. Take the Lake Loop, which runs along the shoreline of Mallard Lake and right to this waterfall into the Root River.

You can also explore the short and flat “Family Friendly Trail” which will take you through beautiful winter woodlands. You may even come face to face with a wild turkey.⠀


7. Sauk Creek Nature Preserve

3236 Co Rd KK, Port Washington, WI 53070

Sauk Creek Nature Preserve Port Washington Wisconsin frozen waterfall ice formations winter
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The layers of rock below the creek change the water flow to create interesting looks. A bridge allows easy access to the creek.


8. Granite Falls

11-31 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

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There are four falls in Daggett Memorial Park, and each one is part of an historic granite quarry (hence the name). The water stays warmer longer at the bottom, so there’s still water running underneath the frozen top layer.


9. Wequiock Falls

3426 Bay Settlement Rd, Green Bay, WI 54311

Wequiock Falls County Park Green Bay Wisconsin frozen waterfall ice formations winter
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One of Brown County’s smaller parks, Wequiock Falls contains a picturesque waterfall fed by Wequiock Creek. The flow slows during the dry summer season, but once winter arrives it picks up again, creating gorgeous frozen falls.


10. Fonferek’s Glen

2825 Dutchman Rd., Green Bay, WI 54311

Fonferek's Glen County Park Green Bay Wisconsin frozen waterfall ice formations winter
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This waterfall is one of the easier ones to access, as it’s just a 100-yard walk from the parking lot. It’s even more impressive in winter than in summer as the ice continues to build.


11. Stephens Falls (Governor Dodge State Park)

4175 WI-23, Dodgeville, WI 53533
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Looking for a fun winter day trip? Head to Governor Dodge State Park and make the 0.3-mile out-and-back hike to Stephens Falls. Formed by a nearby natural spring, these 20-foot falls have a steep face resulting in stunning ice formations. There’s a parking area near the trail’s head.


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