Public Beaches | In + Around Madison, WI

When you think of beaches – Wisconsin is probably not the first place that come to mind. BUT. Even here in WI… smack dab in the middle of the country – we do have a lot of great beaches on the shorelines of our lakes! In addition to the regional beaches, there are also neighborhood beaches.

We have compiled Madison, WI area beaches here – if we missed one (or if you have a favorite) please leave a comment so we can add it.

Be sure to also check out which does water quality monitoring and shows open/closed for blue green algae and water clarity.

*Many of these are FREE to access/use; some may require a fee, including the State Parks beaches. 

835 Spaight St, Madison, WI 53703, USA
Shoreline of Lake Monona No lifeguard; Diving Float, Playground
701 W Brittingham Pl, Madison, WI 53715, USA
Shoreline of Monona Bay Canoe/Kayak Rental, Concessions, Picnic Tables, Playground
S5975 Park Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913, USA
Wisconsin’s largest state park offers magnificent views from 500-foot Quartzite bluffs over...
2802 Waunona Way, Madison, WI 53713, USA
This small neighborhood beach with an outstanding view of downtown Madison has small reservable s...
5800 Winnequah Rd, Monona, WI 53716, USA
Another lovely pocket park is Frost Woods Beach on Lake Monona’s Squaw Bay. The entrance is in th...
4175 WI-23, Dodgeville, WI 53533, USA
More than 5,300 scenic acres of steep hills, bluffs and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfa...
Oak Savanna Trail, Waunakee, WI 53597, USA
A beautiful year round day-use State Park located on Lake Mendota where recreation and nature min...
614 E Gorham St, Madison, WI 53703, USA
Shoreline of Lake Mendota. Picnic Tables, Playground, Volleyball
2101 Allen Blvd, Middleton, WI 53562, USA
Shoreline of Lake Mendota Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Rental, Concessions, Picnic Tables, Playground, ...
3527 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53714, USA
On the shores of Lake Monona, Olbrich Park beach offers paddlesport rentals through Rutabaga.
4310 Park Rd, Cambridge, WI
Ripley Park, located on the west shores of Lake Ripley, is an 18 acre park privately owned by the...
345 Sandy Beach Rd, Lake Mills, WI
The recreational lakefront area facilities include two large swimming beaches, five sand volleyba...
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236 Water St, Sauk City, WI 53583, USA
Sauk City Riverfront Park is located on the west bank of the Wisconsin River and extends from dow...
4511 Winnequah Rd, Monona, WI 53716, USA
There’s a small gazebo, grills, picnic tables, a playground, and bathrooms on site, as well as a ...
Spring Harbor Beach Park, 1918 Norman Way, Madison, WI 53705, USA
Small neighborhood beach on the shores of Lake Mendota near Spring Harbor Middle School off Unive...
1254 Sherman Ave, Madison, WI 53703, USA
Large, popular beach on Lake Mendota.
1339 Vilas Park Dr, Madison, WI 53715, USA
Large and very popular beach located next to zoo.
Warner Park Beach, 1101 Woodward Dr, Madison, WI 53704, USA
Small neighborhood beach on the north shores of Lake Mendota.  A weed and algae ‘boom’...
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