Lakeshore State Park is the eastern gateway to the Wisconsin State Park system, the only urban state park, and serves as the trailhead for the Hank Aaron State Trial.
The 17-acre island serves as the heart of the 22-acre park, and has 7 gorgeous natural prairies, a watercraft beach area with access for canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, a 20-slip boat dock, and an accessible fishing dock. Lakeshore State Park hosts over 400,000 visitors a year who enjoy walking, running, bicycling, birding, fishing, boating, photography, picnicking and more. The park hosts extensive programming and environmental educational opportunities and is supported by The Friends of Lakeshore State Park, who recruit volunteers, raise funds for, and participate in educational activities, events and support infrastructure.
Lakeshore Sate Park was announced by Governor Tommy Thomson on October 7, 1998 and construction on the park began in 2005. The island is made from the spoil from the deep tunnel project, surrounded by armor stone, and capped with topsoil. It was then lovingly transformed into the prairie environment of today. The park was dedicated in June 2007.
To celebrate Doors Open Milwaukee, The Friends of Lakeshore State Park will be offering:
Birding Hike @ 10:30AM
Come join local, experienced birders for a 30 to 45 minute stroll along the Hank Aaron State trail while taking in spectacular views of the Milwaukee lakefront and the park prairies. Identify birds, learn the common gulls and shorebirds sighted in Milwaukee and stop at frequent bird hot spots within the park. Also learn about the plants and animals that attract a large variety of birds to the area. We’ll stay on the ADA accessible paved pathway for the most part, but may venture off to get better views. A spotting scope will be set up to zoom in on specific birds that we may find.
Meet at 10:30am at the Friends of Lakeshore State Park tent, located in the park near the pebble beach which is across the lagoon from Summerfest.
All About Bugs: 10 AM-5 PM
Join founding park manager and bug enthusiast, Tom Kroeger, as he shares his passion for insects and explains how essential they are to a healthy environment. Talks throughout the day.
Build a Bug Motel: 10AM-5Pm
Kids of all ages are invited to build their own bug motel to bring home to attract pollinators and birds to their yards. Supplies, instructions and encouragement supplied!
Think like a Scientist: 10AM-2PM
Join the team from Discovery World to learn how to think like a scientist. Families will try fun hands-on activities and explore how science plays a role in the world around us. Discover ways that you can continue your experience at home.
Lakeshore State Park can be accessed on the north side off of Clybourn Avenue, near Discovery world; and on the south side at the end of Eerie Street, behind the American Family Amphitheater and through the Summerfest grounds (look for the pass through near the north east side of the park).
500 North Harbor Dr. Milwaukee, WI
10 am - 5 pm
Photography, Video, Tripods Permitted
Fully wheelchair accessible