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The Picnic Season runs May 1 through Oct. 31

Picnics in the Parks are a Milwaukee County tradition. There are literally hundreds of free locations for you to spread out a blanket for your small picnic outing that does not include any of the conditions below.

A Picnic Permit is REQUIRED if your picnic includes any of the following:

  • consuming alcohol
  • grilling
  • having a tent, bounce house, petting zoo, or pony rides
  • you need to be assured there will be picnic tables available


Reservable Picnic Areas/Permits
Prime picnic sites go quickly, so plan ahead!
For your company picnic or family get-together, ensure that your ideal picnic site will be available by reserving the site with a permit. A minimum 7-day notice to process a permit is suggested. A Park Manager must approve any permits requested in less than 7 days and approval is not guaranteed.

In January, we begin taking your reservations for most sites through Oct. 31 of the following year. For example, On Jan. 2, 2015, we will take your reservation for Oct. 30, 2016.

  See descriptions
for over 150
reservable picnic areas

Moonwalks, Bounce Houses, Inflatable Structures
Inflatable structures are allowed in reserved designated picnic sites when the following conditions are met:

  • You must provide a Certificate of Insurance
    $1,000,000 (one million) in general liability insurance should name Milwaukee County Parks as an additional insured party
  • You must bring a generator to operate the inflatable structure
  • You must use sandbags to secure the structure from movement


Fourth of July Picnics
No reservations are taken for July 4th. On this holiday, picnic sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Amplified music or DJ equipment of any kind is NOT allowed in picnic areas unless noted

2015 Picnic Permit Fees (prices listed include tax)
Number of People Permit Fee/day
1–50 $ 85.00
51–100 $170.00
101–150 $255.00
151–200 $340.00
201–250 $425.00
251–300 $510.00
301–350 $595.00
351–400 $680.00
401–450 $765.00
451 or more $850.00
(Each add'l 50 people: $85)
Shelter with electricity, additional fee $132.00
Shelter without electricity, additional fee $105.60
Sales Tax: Read more about it

To reserve a picnic area or to check availability, you must call (414) 257-8005 for more information.

Milwaukee County Parks Public Services
9480 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Monday–Friday 8am–4:30pm
(414) 257-8005

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