Your guide to the best lakeside beaches in the Badger state.
Gentle waves, crystal-clear water, soft sand, and warm sun… if you didn’t already know, you can get all these things right here in Wisconsin. If you’re looking for the best lakeside spots for beach time, you’re in the right place.
Let’s dive into our list of best lake beaches in Wisconsin…
1| North Beach, Racine
Described as 50 acres of sand along 2,500 feet of shoreline, this certified Blue Wave clean beach comes with volleyball courts, a snack bar, live music, and the Kid’s Cove playground. It’s ranked in the top 10 family-friendly beaches by Parents magazine, so, what are you waiting for?
2| Big Bay Beach, La Pointe
Grab a ferry to Madeline Island and enjoy what’s referred to as the best beach in northern Wisconsin. Big Bay Beach offers seven miles of gorgeous hiking trails and absolutely spectacular views of Lake Superior. A must-see for any Wisconsin traveler!
3| Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan
Two miles south of Sheboygan is Kohler-Andrae State Park, a “scenic gem” of Lake Michigan. The park boasts 2.5 miles of sandy shore and nearly 1,000 acres of parkland to explore—you’ll never run out of room to hike, bike, and more!
4| Point Beach, Two Rivers
A strong contender for Wisconsin’s best lake beach, Point Beach provides visitors with six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the Rawley Point Lighthouse, dunes, and all kinds of outdoor recreation.
5| Bradford Beach, Milwaukee
On the shores of Lake Wingra, situated between Edgewood College and St. Mary’s Hospital is Vilas Beach, a popular, family-friendly beach in the Madison area. When you’re not relaxing on the sand, visit the adjacent zoo.
7| Devil’s Lake, Baraboo
At 9,000 acres and with two large sandy beaches, it’s no wonder that Devil’s Lake State Park is Wisconsin’s most popular state park. Enjoy great swimming temperatures, picnic areas, grills, kids’ climbing and play areas, and Instagram-worthy views of Devil’s Lake!
Bonus! Sand Bay Town Park, Sister Bay
If you’re up in Door County and traveling through Sister Bay, swing by this top-secret local beach. It’s got clear water, a smooth sandy beach, and a small swing set that’s perfect for kids! (Just don’t tell anyone about this hidden gem—it’s our little secret!)
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