Milwaukee County Parks

Get on the Water

On the Water

Milwaukee County Parks are the gateway to Lake Michigan and the county's rivers, lagoons, lakes and waterways.

Boating on Lake Michigan

McKinley Marina is the gateway to Lake Michigan. Transient and permanent berths are available as well as day permits for launching motor boats, jet skis and non-motorized boats. New to sailing? The nearby Community Sailing Center offers lessons.

Visit McKinley Marina

Boat Launches

Get on the water with boat launches at McKinley Marina, South Shore Park, Bender Park and the downtown Milwaukee River launch site. Season and daily launch passes are available.

Get a Boat Launch Pass

Pedal Boating

Spend a day on the water by renting a pedal boat, stand-up paddleboard, kayak or canoe at Veterans Park Lagoon. Head to the Wheel Fun rental booth during the summer season.

Visit Wheel Fun Rentals


Kayaks & Canoes

Exploring Milwaukee from the water provides a unique perspective on the City and our parks. Rent a kayak from Milwaukee Kayak Company to paddle along the Milwaukee River Trail or visit the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park to rent a canoe for a paddle on the lake.

Learn About the River Trail


About 20 park lagoons are stocked with fish from the Hunger Task Force fish hatchery. To fish you'll need a fishing license and inland trout stamp from WDNR. A fish cleaning station is available at South Shore Park.

Surfing, Jet Skis & Kite Boarding

The Third Coast, a.k.a. Lake Michigan, is a prime spot for water recreation throughout the year. Jet skis are available to rent at Veterans Park, or head to Lake Effect Surf Shop to grab the gear you'll need for some Lake Michigan wave riding. 



9480 W. Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)

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