Beach program updates for 2016 Do you see your beach on the list or map?
Public comments and local knowledge of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan and Lake Superior shoreline provide the best information about our coastal beaches. With significant water level changes in 2014 and changes to the BEACH Act grant guidance, DNR intensified its annual review of the beach list. These reviews resulted in several changes to the 2015 and 2016 lists that are now posted. An itemized list of changes can be found below.
These are the types of questions used during the review of the list:
- Are there coastal beaches missing from the list (e.g. new parks with beach areas)?
- How is the water quality? Do we have historical data?
- Have conditions surrounding the beach changed (e.g. restoration, drainage, water levels)?
- How many people use the beach? What do local people call (name) the beach?
- Is the location for the beach and its measurements correct?
- Are nowcasts or other same-day tools in place to improve the timing for posting advisories?
- Is the monitoring frequency appropriate for the usage, conditions, and public notification tools in place?
Updated beach maps now available for coastal counties
We have updated maps to show the current beach locations in each coastal county. These maps can be accessed by using the link on the sidebar to the right or by using the Search button from the Wisconsin Beaches home page.
Public comments are welcome and should be sent by email to Donalea Dinsmore, Wisconsin’s beach program manager.
Watch for new signs at monitored beaches
As a result of public feedback, new signs will appear at monitored beaches. New signs include a QR code that links to the beach health website and multi-lingual messaging to explain the three levels of advice on water quality conditions.
These new signs are designed to accompany our existing color-coded signs or flags. In the next year, the beach program hopes to replace the older advisory signs with simpler ones that incorporate icons and QR codes or links to more information that can be accessed from a smartphone or tablet.
Changes to the 2016 beach list
|Bayfield Co.||Myers – Apostle Islands National Seashore (Federal responsibility)|
|Kenosha Co.||Lakeshore Dr. at 116th St., Pleasant Prairie|
|Kewaunee Co.||Pioneer Park, Kewaunee|
|Milwaukee Co.||Lakeshore State Park, Milwaukee|
|Kenosha Co.||Marina (aka Melissa), Pleasant Prairie – unsafe access, not a beach|
|Other Changes (including pending)|
|Door Co.||Robert E. LaSalle Park -add sampling 1/week for assessment|
|Kenosha Co.||Carol Beach (community plan a name change) - add sampling 2/week|
|Kewaunee Co.||Updated name from City of Kewaunee to Selner Park (aka City Park)|
|Kewaunee Co.||Updated name from Lighthouse Vista to Father Marquette Memorial Park|
|Ozaukee Co.||Lions Den Gorge Nature Preserve - discontinued monitoring|
|Racine Co.||Sam Myers - to be added once restoration is complete|
- Contact information
- For more information about the beach program operations or beach listings, please contact:
Office of the Great Lakes