Lakeshore State Park is the newest state park in Wisconsin since 1978 and the only urban state park. Located on a man-made 17-acre island east of the Henry W. Maier Festival Park Grounds, Lakeshore State Park includes a 130-foot long pedestrian bridge, walking trails, docks and overnight boat camping and fishing areas.
THE ISLAND was created in 1991 by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in collaboration with the City of Milwaukee Board of Harbor Commissioners to provide shore protection for the festival grounds, a protected harbor of refuge for small craft, and a low-cost disposal site for rock generated by the MMSD deep tunnel construction project. The island core was formed with dolomite limestone and granular fill from the deep tunnel project. Topsoil, Kentucky bluegrass, and a crushed stone perimeter path were eventually added to the island. Since then, it has been a great lakeside destination for fishing, biking, hiking and dog walking over the last 21 years.
IN OCTOBER, 1998, Wisconsin Governor, Tommy Thompson, developed a vision to create a state park in the urban setting of Milwaukee. In January of 2001, the proposal passed by the Department of Natural Resources Board and work began to create a design for the state park. Lakeshore State Park, Wisconsin’s only urban State Park and the newest state park since the last one opened in 1978, officially became a reality and opened in June of 2007.