A Few Things You Should Know —


The following provides an overview of some basic details and rules designed to keep Lakeshore State Park and our visitors safe. This is not a complete listing, so if you have any questions please ask a Park staff member.


Park HourS: 

The Park is open year-round and closes daily at 10PM unless otherwise indicated. The Park may close earlier during summer festival season for fireworks safety. It is open 24 hours a day every day when fishing or camping by boat.


Admission Fee:


There is no charge to Park visitors who enter on foot, by bicycle, skates, roller blades, kayak, canoe, paddleboat and similar methods. No vehicle traffic is allowed on the island unless permitted through a DNR Special Use permit.  The Park’s parking areas along the southern entrance and Erie Street are free of charge as well.  No DNR Park Sticker required.



Pets are welcome in the Park. For the health and safety of your pet, and other park users, please remember pets must be on a leash no longer than eight feet and under control at all times. Please clean up after your pet and remember the carry out policy.




There are no trash receptacles located on the Park. Everything you carry in must also be carried out.




Alcohol is strictly prohibited from all Park areas unless you are granted a DNR Special Use Permit.




There are no traditional campsites on the Park. Registered boaters in a visitor’s boat slip may stay overnight, with a reservation, for up to 4 days.


Visitor Boat Slips:


20 visitor boat slips are available, each one can accommodate a vessel up to 60 feet in length. Overnight boat camping is available for up to four days. Fees are $1.50/foot (minimum of $30) per day or a daily rate of $3.00 per hour. Maximum rental is 4 days. Please call 414.274.4281 or email to Thomas.Kroeger@wisconsin.gov to register your vessel.


Plants and Flowers:


You may not pick or disturb plants or flowers or remove any naturally occurring material from the Park.




Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the island portion of the Park. Several public parking areas are within walking distance, including the O’Donnell Parking structure at 910 E. Michigan St., the Park road behind the Marcus Amphitheater along Erie Street, and parking lots on Harbor Drive or at Discovery World as well as any available street parking.




There are no public restrooms located on the island portion of the Park. South entrance restroom facilities consist of port-a-potties located between the lighthouse and the Marcus Amphitheater. North entrance port-a-potties are located just past the pedestrian bridge by Urban Park.




Call 911 in case of an emergency.


Milwaukee Police Department:


Call 414.935.7213 for non-emergency calls.


Coast Guard:


Contact the Milwaukee Coast Guard Station at 414.747.7154 if a water emergency occurs.


Park Office:


The Park office is located on the 4th floor of the Discovery World Museum at Pier Wisconsin. The phone numbers are 414.274.8640 and 414.274.8641.




There are no public phones on the Park.




Fires are not permitted on the Park. In case of fire, call 911.




There are no swimming areas available to the Park.




All water craft must be equipped with a Coast Guard approved life-saving floatation device for each person on board. Wearing these devices at all times is recommended. Children under the age of 13 must wear a personal flotation device when on the water if the vessel is underway (unless the child is below deck or in an enclosed cabin). Be aware that sudden storms may occur. If you venture out into Lake Michigan, watch the weather conditions closely.