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Get on the Water

moored boats at McKinley Marina

On the Water

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

sail boats on Lake Michigan

McKinley Marina & 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

8-person rowning team on the Milwaukee River

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 Details on Launch Passes

pedal boat in the shape of a swan, on the lagoon in Veterans Park

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


canoes on the water

Kayaks & Canoes

Exploring Milwaukee from the water provides a unique perspective on the City and our parks. Portage your own kayak or canoe 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

Fishing near McKinley Marina in a motor boat near the government pier on Lake Michigan


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.

Purchase a Fishing License

Kite boarding on Lake Michigan

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. 



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

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