The top family beaches in Wisconsin
With more than 11,000 lakes, Wisconsin is a state made for beach lovers. Some beaches rise above the rest—they might not be well-known, but they’re worth seeking out and provide an unforgettable way to experience a Wisconsin summer day. Here are three classic beaches to visit this summer.
A short bike ride (or drive) from Boulder Junction’s charming downtown, you’ll find Nichols Beach, a popular Northwoods swimming spot. At just 37 acres, it’s not a large lake, but the north side features a spacious public beach that’s ideal for summer relaxation. From Boulder Junction, follow Hwy K west, turn left on Hwy H and then left onto Nichols Lake Lane. Nichols Lake Lane will dead end at the parking area for the beach.
After a short drive from Milwaukee, you’ll find yourself in the charming community of West Bend. While West Bend is known for attractions like the renowned Museum of Wisconsin Art, it’s also a great place to take a family on a warm summer weekend. In West Bend, Regner Community Park features a soft sand beach that’s perfect for small kids. There’s also a splash pad and a cafe serving concessions, so it’s a great place to spend the day.
Maple Lake Beach, Three Lakes
With more than 1,100 lakes, you’re never far from a soft stretch of sand in Oneida County. Maple Lake in Three Lakes is one of our favorite little beaches in the Northwoods. Located in the heart of Three Lakes, it’s got a public beach, and it’s a small lake, so the water is always calm (and often a little warmer than larger lakes in the Northwoods). There’s also a pavilion that can be reserved for special events.