With more than 11,000 lakes, Wisconsin is a state made for beach lovers. Some beaches rise above the rest—they might not be well-known, but they’re worth seeking out and provide an unforgettable way to experience a Wisconsin summer day. Here are three classic beaches to visit this summer.
A short bike ride (or drive) from Boulder Junction’s cozy downtown, you’ll find Nichols Beach, a popular Northwoods swimming spot. At just 37 acres, Nichols Lake not a large lake, but the north side features a spacious public beach that’s ideal for summer relaxation. From Boulder Junction, follow County Highway K west, turn left on County Highway H and then left onto Nichols Lake Lane. Nichols Lake Lane will dead end at the parking area for the beach.
After a short drive from Milwaukee, you’ll find yourself in the charming community of West Bend. While West Bend is known for attractions like the renowned Museum of Wisconsin Art, it’s also a great place to take the family on a warm summer weekend. Head to Regner Community Park to find a soft sand beach that’s perfect for small kids. There’s also a splash pad and a cafe that serves concessions, so it’s a great place to spend the day.
Maple Lake Beach, Three Lakes
With more than 1,100 lakes, you’re never far from a beach in Oneida County. Maple Lake in Three Lakes is one of our favorite little beaches in the Northwoods. Located in the heart of Three Lakes, it’s got a public beach, and it’s a small lake, so the water is always calm (and often a little warmer than larger lakes in the Northwoods). There’s also a pavilion that can be reserved for special events.