Biking, hiking, sailing, fishing, hunting, golfing, camping – name your pleasure and the opportunities abound.
The Milwaukee Region offers everything for the outdoor enthusiast. You can battle with salmon and steelhead trout on a Lake Michigan charter boat or sail with the wind on a lazy day on Geneva Lake. You can go for a day hike in rolling hills formed by melting glaciers or stroll along the miles of protected Lake Michigan shoreline. Test your biking skills at Kenosha’s Washington Park Velodrome, the oldest operating bike-racing track in the United States, or work on your downhill skills at one of the region’s ski hills. Perhaps you want to go for a swim. Public beaches abound along the Lake Michigan shoreline, including Racine’s North Beach, which has been designated as one of the cleanest and safest beaches in the United States by the Washington D.C.-based Clean Beaches Council.
This is a region that has long been committed to preserving the outdoors for future generations. There are more than 15,000 acres of parks in Milwaukee County alone, the greatest acreage per person in the country. In 2009, the Milwaukee County Parks System was awarded the National Gold Medal for Excellence by the American Academy for Park and Recreation
Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association. View a video about the history and tradition of the award-winning Milwaukee County Parks here.
There are dozens of public golf courses, including Brown Deer Golf Course, which is home to the PGA-sanctioned U.S. Bank Championship.
Several bike trails wind their way through the region, including the 30-mile Interurban Trail in Ozaukee County and Milwaukee County’s 100-mile Oak Leaf Trail, as well as several shorter trails that can be found in every county.
State parks located in the region include: the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Harrington Beach State Park, the Bong State Recreation Area, the Vernon Marsh State Wildlife Area and Pike Lake State Park.