Explore the Beaches of Wisconsin!

The month of July is celebrated as Lake Appreciation Month in Wisconsin and what better way to appreciate our lakes than explore their beaches? From the cobble beaches of Washington Island, to the gently rolling dunes of Sheboygan, to the soft, sandy beaches of our inland lakes and rivers, beaches are nature’s nirvana. Wisconsin’s beaches provide wildlife habitat, recreation areas, and tourist destinations. 

Harrington Beach, Wisconsin (DNR photo)

Looking for more information on beaches in your area? The Department’s Wisconsin beaches page contains a wealth of knowledge on Great Lakes’ beaches as well as the beaches of Wisconsin’s rivers and inland lakes. For information on beach locations, accessibility, water quality issues, clean-up opportunities, monitoring data, current conditions, or to search our beach photo gallery, click here.  

Before you start your exploration of Great Lakes’ beaches, check out the Great Lakes’ Current Conditions Mapper, a website that allows users to search their favorite Great Lakes’ beaches and find up-to-date information on weather, wind, waves, currents, beach hazards, and water temperature.  Don’t forget to download the myBeachCast mobile app if you are an Android user; this app allows users to find Great Lakes’ beaches based on user location and view real-time information on water quality advisories, weather, and water conditions.  

Photo by Judith Kozminski

And finally, if you are having trouble deciding on which beach to visit, check out an article titled “Wisconsin’s 12 Best Beaches” from Wisconsintrails.com, an online magazine that covers life and travel in Wisconsin.  You will find many of these gems in Wisconsin State Parks! So this July, make sure you appreciate our lakes by visiting their spectacular beaches!

Entry written by Heather Smith
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