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Milwaukee's Lakefront

The Gateway to the Lake

Milwaukee County Parks are your gateway to life on the lake! Beaches, boat launches and bluffs provide access to Lake Michigan for boating, fishing or sailing. Veterans Park is the hub for summer activities in downtown Milwaukee. Explore your lakefront.

McKinley Marina

With 600 boat slips, McKinley Marina is the largest public marina in the area. Annual and transient slip rentals are available and seasonal or per-use passes are available for the boat launch.

The marina is also the place to visit for fishing charters.

Veterans Park

This is where summer happens in Milwaukee. Veterans Park connects the city to the lake and hosts dozens of special events throughout the summer, including the Air & Water Show, Brewfest and kite festivals.

Head to Veterans Park for downtown views, to rent a paddleboat for fun on the lagoon, or to rent a bicycle for exploring the Oak Leaf Trail and visiting local businesses – including Gift of Wings kite store and Colectivo Coffee.


Bradford Beach

Wisconsin's top urban beach. Rent a cabana at the beach and enjoy food and beverages at The Dock or visit the nearby custard stand for frozen treats.

Volley Life organizes beach volleyball leagues throughout the summer.

Lake Park

The historic Lake Park is one of three Milwaukee County parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Climb the Northpoint Lighthouse for views across the city and lake, stroll over the Lion Bridges or play a round of golf at the par 3 course. Lake Park is also home to a Lawn Bowling Club, tennis courts and the Lake Park Bistro. 

Sailing Center

Next to McKinley Marina and Veterans Park is the home of the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, where kids and adults can take sailing lessons.

lakefront map

Maptacular Lakefront

Take a peek at our illustrated lakefront map, designed by Nate Padavik.

View the Map


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