Lakeshore State Park lies along the shoreline of Lake Michigan adjacent to the Henry Maier Festival Grounds, providing a unique urban oasis with a multitude of recreational opportunities and amenities. Opened in 2007, the 22-acre park offers overnight boat docks, a lakeside multi-use trail and improved fishing access. The 8-acres of short-grass prairie provide a unique natural background to spectacular views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan, as well as a home to fox, mink, deer and many bird species. Future plans include a park visitor center with public restrooms and showers for overnight boaters.
Educational programs at the park explore a variety of lake and river-related issues, including fishing clinics, lake ecology and the cultural history of the area. Education partnerships have been established with major area colleges, community centers, Discovery World, Milwaukee Public Schools and many lake-focused organizations. Education offerings include park programs, off-site lectures, or hands-on experience at the park.
The Hank Aaron State Trail accesses Lakeshore State Park from both the north and the south, making a loop around the park and the Third Ward, before heading west across the river and into the Menomonee River Valley. The park provides a wonderful trailhead for the Hank Aaron State Trail and also connects to the Milwaukee County Oak Leaf Trail.
Contact park manager Tom Kroeger at (414) 274-4281 with questions regarding the park.
Visit the park information page at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website to learn about the plans and progress of the Park
Learn about the park history, amenities, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities.