Wisconsin is a state made for beach lovers. With more than 11,000 lakes, there are endless strips of soft sand to discover. Some beaches rise above the rest—they might not be well-known but they are worth seeking out and provide an unforgettable way to experience a Wisconsin summer day. Here are three classic beaches to visit this summer.
Crystal Lake, Sayner-Star Lake
Near beautiful Sayner-Star Lake, you’ll find a swimming beach that people who love the Northwoods dream about. Crystal Lake is a pristine lake deep in a tract of forest, about five miles west of Sayner. The lake has incredibly clear water and two wide beaches—ingredients that are perfect for a refreshing swim. There’s also a picnic area, public bathrooms and a public boat landing. It’s a great lake to fish for panfish, largemouth bass and trout.
Sunset Lake Park, Stevens Point Area
This 18-acre county park in Amherst Junction is home to a high-quality swimming lake that’s popular on warm summer days. The park is perfect for family outings—visitors will find picnic tables, grills, restrooms and a playground. The water’s gentle entry is ideal for children.
Nichols Beach, Boulder Junction
Less than three miles 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.