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Contact information
For more information about the beach program operations or beach listings, please contact:
Donalea Dinsmore
DNR Office of Great Waters

Beach program updates for 2016

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 [PDF] and 2016 [PDF] lists. 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 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 Wisconsin Beaches.

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

Water Quality Notice Signage

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

County Beach
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
County Beach
Kenosha Co. Marina (aka Melissa), Pleasant Prairie – unsafe access, not a beach
Other changes (including pending changes)
County Beach
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
Last revised: Thursday December 13 2018