south of Sheboygan, the park offers the perfect opportunity to soak up
the sun on the 2.5-mile stretch of golden sand beach or create your
own adventure among the dunes or the 1,000 acres of forests, prairies
and marshland. Follow the boardwalk over Black River Marsh or take a
turn at the The Dunes Cordwalk trail, a 2.5-mile hiking path made of
boards and rope that includes some unbeatable views of Lake Michigan.
sites, electric, non-electric, group sites and one tepee that sleeps
six. Showers, flush toilets.
lake at Naga-Waukee Park, is an Ojibwa word that means "there is
sand," and the beach here certainly lives up to its name. The
abundance and quality of the sand make it our top spot for building
castles. Add to that the gradual slope of the beach, the shallow
water, a lifeguard on duty, plenty of picnic tables and a new
playground area, and you have our favorite beach for a family getaway.
reserved group sites, 33 first-come, first-served sites at $16 per
night. No electrical hookup, pit toilets, showers.
Part of the
southern Kettle Morraine unit, this 17-acre lake has a quiet, low-key
feel that is perfect for an afternoon in the sun. The crystal-clear
water, with a maximum depth of just 16 feet, has a no motorized boat
policy that keeps things calm and quiet. The bubbling spring that
feeds the lake near the east end of the swimming beach is a great spot
for a relaxing afternoon.
sites, including 49 electrical sites, two shower buildings, flush
toilets. Accessible sites are available as well as a cabin designed
for people with disabilities.
minutes northwest of Milwaukee, Pike Lake beach gives you a chance to
really spread out. The park has more than 500 feet of beach front and
nine hiking trails. Our favorite is the climb up Powder Hill, a
1,350-foot glacial kame that is the second highest point in
southeastern Wisconsin. The trail begins near the beach and ends 1.1
miles later at a 60-foot-high observation tower with panoramic views
of the surrounding countryside.
sites, electrical hook-up available, two backpack sites, showers,
flush toilets, firewood, reservations available.