Waukesha County Parks 2024 Annual Memberships Now Available
By Jill Blazek
With more than ten parks consisting of over 8,500 acres within the Waukesha County Park System, there’s always something to explore. Diverse landscapes, high-quality nature areas, a variety of trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing, and beautiful lakes, ponds, and waterways can be found throughout the park system. And for as little as $40 for one vehicle ($20 for seniors), a 2024 annual membership makes a great gift.
Several parks and lake access sites within the park system require an annual membership or daily permit for each vehicle upon entry. With an annual membership, access is unlimited for the entire year.
“We received an annual membership as a holiday gift several years ago,” said one couple hiking at Muskego Park. “We’ve since purchased a membership every year and enjoy exploring all the different parks throughout the year.”
Glen Baumann, of New Berlin, got his first annual pass this year and enjoys taking his dog, Brooklyn, to Minooka Park any time he wants. “There’s the nice dog exercise area here and a lot of open places people can walk. I think an annual pass would make a great holiday gift, especially for someone with a dog,” shared Baumann.
Photo by Jill Blazek
Photo courtesy of Waukesha County Park SystemFamily and group campsites available at several parks
Photo by Jill BlazekNaga-Waukee Park in Delafield
Photo by Jill BlazekCraig Anschuetz getting ready for a late-season boat outing at Naga-Waukee.
Rudeen Cooper of Waukesha agrees. “I’ve had an annual pass for about ten years now. I’ve given an annual pass to my son in the past and plan to get a membership for 2024. I love to come here almost every day.” Cooper and her dog, Olive, enjoy the dog exercise area at Minooka Park. “They keep the park system up fantastically, especially the dog park. The people are all very nice,” said Cooper.
Waukesha County Park System offers four fully fenced dog exercise areas, two designated dog swim areas, three open beach swimming areas, and over 60 miles of wooded and paved trails to explore.
From biking and bridle paths to beer gardens and cross-country skiing, there’s no shortage of year-round activities at one of the many parks in the Waukesha County Park System. Winter activities also include snowshoeing, snowmobiling, fat tire biking, winter hiking and sledding.
During boating season, you can launch your boat, carry in your canoe or kayak, and fish from shore at one of the five lake access sites. And, with six swimming beaches, there’s plenty within the park system to satisfy every water bug.
Dousman resident Curt Anschuetz is enjoying his first year of having an annual membership pass, especially for launching his boat, hiking and the dog parks. “The best part of having the annual pass is it’s just in and out, no waiting in line, no writing checks. I’m definitely getting a 2024 pass,” said Anschuetz. Having the annual pass was a definite plus for him when he could not launch at the Naga-Waukee Park boat launch due to ice. His next stop was Pewaukee Lake to get in a late-season boat trip.
Several of the parks also offer family and group camping from April 1 through October 31. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring with a grill and is available for up to seven consecutive nights.
For special events and celebrations, you can rent one of 27 different picnic areas available, many with covered pavilions, picnic tables, electricity and grills, and close to restrooms.
Obtaining an annual membership pass is easy. Log in to the site or your account, select and purchase your membership, and enjoy a year at the parks. Annual memberships are now stickerless. Memberships are verified by the license plate scanner, making it quick and easy to enter a Parks facility.
Check off your holiday shopping list with a 2024 Waukesha County Park Pass, and be sure to pick one up for yourself!