When I first joined the Badgerland Water Ski Show Team in Waukesha, I imagined that the body of water we’d be skiing on would be more, well… more of a “body of water” than the shallow stretch of the Fox River we call home. Luckily for anyone within driving distance of Waukesha County, however, this area is literally overflowing with beautiful lakes! In fact, it’s actually known as “lake country.” These are some of the best lakes in Waukesha County, Wisconsin to visit for family fun!
Though this “Little” does have a “Big,” the naming is accurate in acreage alone. Little Muskego Lake has more to offer in both depth and access than its larger counterpart. Conditions are often great for water skiing, especially in the morning. At the end of a long day on the water, catch the sunset (and a water ski show on Wednesdays) from the beach at Idle Isle Park. The park also has a boat launch, bathrooms, walking trails, and a playground.
This big lake in Waukesha County is the perfect place for wake sports! Fill the fat sacs and start surfing on this round, open lake that’s virtually designed for any boat with a big wake. If you want to ski, hit the water first thing in the morning to avoid traffic, waves, and wind.
Famous for the mansions that line much of its shore, Okauchee Lake near Oconomowoc is party central in the summer. There are many bays for your family to “tie-up” and enjoy some relaxing time on the water, as well as community organized tie-up events throughout the summer. The variety of bays also makes this a great place to swim, water ski, kayak, or fish in Waukesha County.
This is arguably the best lake in Waukesha County for family fun! It is best-known for the postcard-perfect beach along its northeastern shoreline, but many fun events take place there, too. The Lake Country Clean Water Festival takes place at the end of June and features live music and a beach party! The large beach has a lifeguard on duty and a designated area for swimming. Kids can also get involved in the family-oriented Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club, which performs free shows on Thursday evenings at Lakefront Park.
You know when the boat traffic is bad, the wind has picked up, or the seaweed situation has worsened and you just wish you could escape to another lake? If so, a trip to Upper Nemahbin Lake and Lower Nemahbin Lake is perfect for you! This small “chain of lakes” in Waukesha County allows you to conveniently boat from one lake to the other.