Friends of Lakeshore State Park

Friends of Lakeshore State Park


Juvenile Green Heron near the “Summer Fest” ponds two days ago.
Name this bird that was in the Pebble beach area today.
Trinity Academy of Irish Dance Ensemble program enjoyed fantastic weather filming at Lakeshore State Park last weekend. (It will be set to music when the video is complete.)
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Last day of autumn.
Last day of autumn.
I saw pesticide application signs posted at ,Milw Co. Parks . I am concerned about the use of pesticides in our county parks. As we all know , pesticides are dangerous to living things. Did you know that not only are pesticides dangerous to children and animals, all pesticides end up in our waterways? I have contacted Milw. Riverkeeper and they will be updating me with information on what steps to follow to curtail this practice. If you want to be involved in learning more and to be part of a team to preserve our parks, send an email greeting to [email protected]. I will forward all information to you. Thank you.
I saw this little Green Heron at the park today. I’m pretty sure it saw me too.
This Sora ran across the path in front of me today.
Mayor Tom Barrett proclaimed today, April 13th, as TOM KROEGER DAY in Milwaukee. Tom and the Friends of Lakeshore State Park have truly made this park a treasure of the City of Milwaukee. We are celebrating as well, as Tom is one of our very favorite docents.
I saw this White-winged scoter at the park today.
This pair are the only Redheads that I have seen recently at the park. They hang around with the Scaups.

@LakeshoreSTPark Lakeshore State Park is located on Lake Michigan and the shores of Summerfest and Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin. It is nearly surrounded by water and connected to Urban Park by the beautiful Lakeshore State Park bridge.

Operating as usual

Due to 2-3 foot ice shoves resulting from this weekend’s storm, there is significant ice build up at the south entrance of Lakeshore State Park. We are working on getting this cleared before Thursday’s upcoming snow fall and cold snap, but in the meantime, please use caution if you are walking or biking the park. While a neat sight to see, it hindered ability to keep it clear due to water and ice sheets exceeding the height of the plow trucks tires.

State of Wisconsin Government Jobs - Job Announcement

The DNR has started hiring for seasonal Parks positions! The job announcement below will post again after 2/5. Lakeshore State Park is accepting applications until February 19th.

Spread the word to anyone you know may be interested! (See the How to Apply section at the bottom to view positions throughout the state and who to send application materials to). ***NOTE: Not all state properties may be hiring for all of the positions listed below depending upon staffing levels and each property's needs.Visitor Services Associates are responsible for greeting park visitors, selling vehicle admission stickers, registering campers, fielding questions about the...

December Newsletter-Friends of Lakeshore State Park

You're invited to the Business Annual Meeting next Wednesday, December 16th from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Detials in the newsletter. The Friends of Lakeshore State Park Annual Meeting will be conducted virtually this year so that we can all safely join from our own homes. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 16th from 5:30 to 7:00pm and will include a ‘year in review’ presentation about the park, as well as introd...

Want to join us in supporting a good cause? This #GivingTuesday we are raising money for Friends of Lakeshore State Park and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. And on GivingTuesday Dec 1, Facebook will match $7 million in qualifying donations. Thank you for your support. Information about Friends of Lakeshore State Park below.

The Friends of Lakeshore State Park is a non-profit organization chartered as a 501c(3) dedicated to supporting Lakeshore State Park and its partners. The Friends raise funds for and participate in educational programming, events, infrastructure, and marketing and build memberships and strategic alliances to succeed in these efforts.

I know we have some terrific photographers at the park.

Do these photos catch your eye? These spectacular images were captured by local photographers and each won first place in their respective categories during our 2020 Great Waters Photo Contest.

Each year, top photos along with creative writings and stewardship project stories are featured in our Great Waters Calendar. The annual photo contest and writing project is a fun way to share how we connect with and value our Great Waters.

We're now accepting entries for our 2021 photo contest. We’re also looking for submissions of poems, short stories and more.

Learn how to enter at

November Newsletter

Keep up on all the latest news with our November Newsletter! As the days start getting shorter, our sightings of our resident red foxes have become more prevalent. We thank everyone for keeping their dogs on leashes so that the foxes continue to den in our park! In addition to the foxes, there have been some interesting birds that have been making their way t...

Great day in the park for unicycling!

The ‘island’ portion of Lakeshore State Park will be closed for public safety during a permitted event on Saturday, 11/7 from 5:15pm to 8:30pm (similar to previous years’ fireworks events). The harbor area parking lot will remain open during the closure, but those wishing to pass through the park will be re-routed along the west side of the Summerfest grounds along Lincoln Memorial Drive/Harbor St. The closure will be in effect south of the pedestrian bridge and north of Summerfest’s BMO amphitheater. While this event was originally scheduled for either 11/9 or 11/10 (as originally posted in the park), the weather forecast is not conducive to the event and it had to be moved to an earlier date. Look forward to a publicly available filming of the event at a later date!

Through the month of October, Milwaukee Riverkeeper is offering 4 dates to pick up supplies for the Fall DIY Cleanup! Help keep our beloved Milwaukee parks and neighborhoods clean, get some fresh air, and you even get a free ‘fish too shall pass’ tote bag to keep for participating! More information and signup can be found at #FishTooShallPass #MyMyselfandDebris @mkeriverkeeper

Leah planting a new crabapple tree in the park.

Did you know the roots of Big Bluestem can grow to over 6’ in length? This photo shows one of our 5’6” Lakeshore State Park employees lying next to a life-size banner of the full plant. The purchase of the banner was funded by the Friends of Lakeshore State Park, and created by the University of Northern Iowa. The real-life Big Bluestem is turning a wonderful autumn color and blowing in the breeze at the park right now, with the deep root system helping absorb this week’s rainfall!

The monarchs are loving the park these days!

Please join all of the Park Pals who have already become Members to help maintain and sustain our little gem of a park on the lake. To donate, visit us at

Cute little one man canoe in the park today.

Teepee hill couldn’t be a better place for a romantic picnic with 360 degree gorgeous views.

Park Pal Membership Drive underway. Join us today!

Photo Contest

Calling all nature photographers! The annual Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Photo Contest is accepting submissions through 9/8/2020! Eligible photos must have been taken since January 1st, 2018. For full details and to submit your shots, visit

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

With millions of acres to explore across Wisconsin – spread the love for public lands near you! If you’re in the Milwaukee area, check out some of these sweet spots in your neck of the woods:

🌞 Hank Aaron State Trail
Named in honor of baseball legend Hank Aaron who made his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Braves, this 14-mile continual trail will take you between Milwaukee's Miller Park Stadium and the Lake Michigan lakefront with a variety of highlights along the way.

🌞 Havenwoods State Forest
Havenwoods is our state’s only urban state forest, featuring 237 acres of grasslands, woods and wetlands in Milwaukee. Hike, bike and watch wildlife on over six miles of trails.

🌞 Lakeshore State Park
Located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Lakeshore offers 8 acres of short-grass prairie, shoreline fishing and unparalleled views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline.

🌞 Pike Lake Unit – Kettle Moraine State Forest
The forest is named after the 522-acre, spring-fed kettle: Pike Lake. Enjoy a variety of wildlife and hiking trails along the hilly landscape and bring your fishing gear to reel in a day of fun in the sun!

There’s always more to explore. Find a new-to-you adventure, today:

Gold Seal Awards 2020

Do you love Lakeshore State Park as much as we do? The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Gold Seal Award nominations are live through 8/31/2020. Head on over to to nominate your favorite parks in a variety of categories!


Help the Friends of Lakeshore State Park keep our urban oasis a beautiful sanctuary for people and wildlife along the Shore of Lake Michigan.

The park is one of Milwaukee’s greatest gems and this year, more than ever, we need your support to fund the maintenance, upkeep and educational program offerings available to the public. The Covid-19 outbreak has severely decreased state revenue, threatening the quality of services available in our parks. In order to assure that Lakeshore State Park continues to meet and exceed our community’s expectations, we need your contributions.

With your support, the park’s prairies will flower, birds and animals will visit, and programs will occur in consideration of the health and safety of our visitors. Your generosity will help assure that Lakeshore State Park remains an urban gem for everyone to enjoy at this time when we turn to the splendor of nature.
Visit our webpage to donate!

The Park is looking great thanks to our wonderful staff and resident wildlife. This year’s Membership Campaign is about to start. More information will be coming shortly. In the meantime come out and enjoy the natural setting of our beautiful urban oasis.

A resident making her home with a great view of the lake.

[05/19/20]   I would like to share an article from the New York Times that explains the importance of being outside during the Covid 19 period. Lakeshore State Park has proven a popular spot for just this kind of activity. We are the perfect place for our visitors to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful natural environment while social distancing.

Grant Hindsley for The New York Times.

When the coronavirus lockdowns began almost two months ago, the outdoors seemed like a scary place. It was where you could get infected by a neighbor, jogger, public bench, doorknob or any number of other things. The better move, as a popular hashtag put it, was to #StayHome. As more virus research has emerged, however, the outdoors has begun to look safer. It still brings risks (like those doorknobs). But they are fairly small. One study of 1,245 coronavirus cases across China found that only two came from outdoors transmission. Beside the research, something else has also begun to make outdoors seem more attractive. People have started to go stir crazy. This combination is leading to a surge of new expert advice that might be boiled down to: Get out. Wear masks when you do. Be careful about getting close to other people or touching surfaces. But experts are arguing that it’s time to think about how to move more activities outdoors — including socializing, eating, shopping, attending school and holding work meetings. “The choice between staying home indefinitely and returning to business as usual now is a false one,” Julia Marcus of Harvard Medical School wrote in The Atlantic. Marty Makary of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health put it this way, when I spoke to him yesterday: “The outdoors is not only good for your mental state. It’s also a safer place than indoors.” Makary has an Opinion article in today’s Times, called “How to Reopen America Safely.” Many cities are now expanding outdoor activities. Oakland has closed almost 10 percent of roads to traffic, CNN noted. Cincinnati is closing parts of 25 streets “so restaurants can expand outdoor seating,” The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. San Jose may let restaurants open in parking lots and public parks, The Mercury News reported. Several states are reopening beaches, parks and golf courses. Another example of the new outdoors push: A nursing home in Los Angeles held an unusual Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday, inviting families to wait in line outside and talk with their relatives through an open doorway. “They feel something inside when the family members are there — it’s different,” the director of activities at the home said.

Sue Frautschi, President of the Friends of Lakeshore State Park

Exciting News! The majority of our currently closed DNR Properties, including Lakeshore and Havenwoods, will be re-opening Friday! Please note that buildings and restrooms will not be available or open to the public yet, but we will again be able to use the trails to take in the view of the lake and explore an urban forest. Please remember to be respectful, follow social distancing, and carry in-carry out.

[04/22/20]   My name is Sue Frautschi and I am the President of the Friends of Lakeshore State Park.

Of course, we are all saddened by the closure of the park because it is a great place for people to spend time in a peaceful, natural setting. The park was closed only after careful consideration by the DNR. We are all looking forward to the park's reopening when it is prudent to do so.

The Friends mission is to support the park in anyway we can and maintain a positive, working relationship with the DNR. There are currently 38 parks that are closed. Parks were closed due to significant overcrowding, lack of visitors practicing social distancing, theft, vandalism and damage to the natural resource, and in an effort to minimize the spread of Covid-19. Linear state trails remain open such as the Hank Aaron State Trail. The closure was also done to comply with the Governor’s Stay At Home Order. The Friends will continue to assist with items that are necessary for when the park reopens in a safe manner for both the staff and general public. The decision to close has not been easy on anyone, including park staff, partners, Friends groups and the multitude of visitors that enjoy the property.

I hope this adequately answers any questions or concerns you may have. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy and I hope we can all enjoy the park again soon.


Sorry folks. Just hope this doesn’t last too long. Stay safe by keeping your distance and wear a mask. Be well!

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Effective May 1, 2020, nearly all Wisconsin State Parks will be open with limited capacity. Annual admission passes and/or trail passes are required. New hours for all properties will be 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. All properties will close weekly on Wednesday. All camping will be closed through May 26, 2020.

For full details including a list of the properties that will remain closed:

Due to unprecedented crowds, littering and vandalism, the following Wisconsin State Parks are now closed effective Friday, April 10 for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency:

High Cliff State Park

Big Foot Beach State Park, Harrington Beach State Park, Havenwoods State Forest, Kohler-Andrae State Park, Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak, Loew Lake, Mukwonago River, Northern Unit, Pike Lake, Southern Unit, Lakeshore State Park, and Richard Bong State Recreational Area

Aztalan State Park, Belmont Mound State Park, Blue Mound State Park, Cadiz Springs State Recreational Area, Capital Springs State Recreational Area, Cross Plains State Park, Devil’s Lake State Park, Fenley State Recreational Area, Governor Dodge State Park, Governor Nelson State Park, Lake Kegonsa State Park, Lower Wisconsin Riverway, Mackenzie Center, Mirror Lake State Park, Natural Bridge State Park, Nelson Dewey State Park, New Glarus Woods State Park, Rocky Arbor State Park, Sauk Prairie State Recreational Area, Tower Hill State Park, Wyalusing State Park, and Yellowstone Lake State Park, Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area, Pewits Nest State Natural Area, Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area and Dells of the Wisconsin State Natural Area

Our goal is to maintain the safest environment for visitors and staff.

If you’re looking take a break in the outdoors, public health officials are advising you to walk, run, hike and bike in your local neighborhoods and maintain a social distance of 6 feet or more.

Questions? Contact DNR Customer Service.
7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily

Beautiful way to social distance in the park today!

Lakeshore State Park is the perfect place to social distance and enjoy some relaxation and/or exercise. We are open for business!

The park has been busy with visitors during the COVID-19 closures. We are happy to see everyone practicing proper social distancing guidance, while getting some needed stress relief and exercise, and thank you for keeping dogs on leashes in compliance with park rules! It is truly encouraging to see signs of spring and some sunshine.

As a favor to the park staff, which is limited in availability at this time, please practice carry-in, carry-out as much as feasible. The staff is trying to keep up with changing trash bins, but with the increased visitation, these have been filling quickly. Thank you for helping keep our beloved park clean and enjoy the outdoors!

It's a great time to spend time in Lakeshore State Park!

[03/16/20]   In light of COVID-19, our teams are closely following guidelines from the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO).

We continue to receive the most up-to-date information, including new guidance from DHS which recommends cancelling or postponing non-essential gatherings of people to help protect Wisconsinites from the spread of COVID-19, particularly those who are most vulnerable to infection and severe disease.

As such, the DNR will cancel the following event: Spring Equinox Hike at Lakeshore State Park

We look forward to resuming events later in the season!

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