Open mid- to late-June through late August


Enjoy sun, sand, and surf at the Lake Michigan beaches of the Milwaukee County Park System. Seven beaches have water-quality monitoring; however, lifeguards are on duty at Bradford Beach only.

Get Real-Time Data -INCLUDING CLOSINGS- on Milwaukee County's Lake Michigan Beaches

We strongly advise against bringing inflatables into the water, and at Bradford Beach, inflatables are not allowed during guarded hours. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices are allowed at all beaches.

Lake Michigan Beaches

Beach & Pool Information: (414) 257-7230

For everyone’s safety and enjoyment of the beaches:

  • NO dogs on the beach (exception: service dogs)
  • Swim only in designated areas.
  • Wear appropriate bathing attire.
  • Bring only plastic bottles/cups and aluminum cans – NO glassware.
  • NO carry-in alcoholic beverages 
  • NO smoking within 30 feet of bathhouse
  • NO grilling, firepits, or bonfires on the beach
  • NO swimming when the beach is closed (10pm to 4:30am)
Bradford, 2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Bradford Beach  has . . .

Blue Wave Certification

Visit Milwaukee's most popular beach for swimming and sunbathing.

The beach is scheduled to be guarded mid-June through Mid-August,  7 days a week, 11am - 5pm
Please check back for additional hours.
Amenities: sand volleyball courts, a bathhouse, and two concession buildings.
For information on programs, visit (external link)

Note: In addition to the rules above, during guarded hours, inflatables are not allowed in the water


Additional Beaches
Bay View 3120 S. Lake Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53207 
Big Bay 5000 N. Lake Drive, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
 *Beach water not monitored at this site
Bender 4503  E. Ryan Rd., Oak Creek, WI 53154
Doctors Park
(Tietjen Beach)
1870 E. Fox Lane, Fox Point, WI 53217
Grant 100 S. Hawthorne Ave., South Milwaukee, WI 53172

Amenities: sand volleyball courts and concessions.
For information on programs, visit (external link)
McKinley 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Amenities: unreserved picnic areas 
Sheridan 4800 S. Lake Drive, Cudahy, WI 53110
*Beach water not monitored at this site
South Shore 2900 S. Superior St., Milwaukee, WI 53207
Amenities in the lower level of the pavilion: wheelchair-accessible restrooms, concessions
Concessions Hours (Memorial Day Weekend
Labor Day Weekend):
Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. -7 p.m.
Memorial Day and Labor Day, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Weather permitting



Water-Quality Reports
Visit the Wisconsin Beach Health website for water-quality reports. 

Beach Surface Currents & Wave Heights
Visit the Wisconsin Beach Health website for Links to Current Weather and Lake Conditions



Lake Michigan Data (NOAA)

Surface Wind Nowcast
Water Temperature Nowcast 

Break the Grip of the Rip!®
Learn safety tips and how to swim out of a rip current. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has created a video demonstration.


Questions? Contact Us
Milwaukee County Parks Aquatics Office
9480 Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Monday–Friday 8am–4pm
24-hr Pool Hotline (414) 257-8098

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Pack it in;
Pack it out!

So that everyone can enjoy a clean, safe, and fun time on the beach, the Milwaukee County Parks Department reminds you to place trash and recyclables in the proper containers or to take the trash/recyclables with you!

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