The Waukesha County Park System (WCPS) operates parks of the Waukesha county. There are currently eight parks within the Waukesha County Park System for enjoyment throughout the seasons. Parks of the county include Nashotah park, Menomonee park, naga-waukee park, fox brook park, mukwonago park, fox river park, Minooka park and muskegopark.
Nashotah Park is located between the communities of Oconomowoc and Hartland, 1/2 mile north of U.S.H. 16 on the west side of C.T.H. C. This 443-acre park is nestled among rolling hills, woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands, offering habitat for deer, waterfowl, and a variety of songbirds.
Nature trails lead through easily identifiable landscape types that were created by the last glacial advance over 10,000 years ago. These landscape types are: a natural lake system, an oak forest, an oak savannah (an area sparsely populated with trees), a cedar glade, a floating leaf marsh, a meadow, a shallow marsh, and a deep marsh. Due to the variety of landscapes, Nashotah Park has an outstanding array of songbirds. The scenery comes alive with different colors for each season. The park continues to thrive in winter for cold-weather enthusiasts who treasure mornings and afternoons spent on miles of groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails.
Mukwonago Park is nestled in the southwest quarter of Waukesha County on C.T.H. LO, approximately 3 miles west of the Village of Mukwonago.
This 222-acre park site includes a high ridge, formed during the last glacial period, which stretches nearly the length of the park. Park visitors of all ages will be delighted to discover the park’s commanding view of the rolling terrain and farmlands typical of southeastern Wisconsin. The oak opening ridge is covered with pre-settlement vegetation including Burr Oak, Shagbark Hickory, and ground cover of prairie plants. While strolling through the Oak Savannah ridge, you may spot a Red-tailed Hawk or Turkey Vulture, a known specie to this park’s habitat.
Muskego Park is located on C.T.H. L, approximately 1/2 mile west of Racine Avenue (C.T.H. Y). This 160-acre site was purchased in 1958 as the County’s first regional park.
The State of Wisconsin Scientific Area Preservation Council named the 60 acres of hardwoods that inhabit the park a State Scientific Area. This area is to preserve valuable plant communities, teach conservation practices, and study the area’s natural history. Many trails wind through Muskego Park Hardwoods offering a tranquil atmosphere and home to abundant wildlife. You will find Woodpeckers and Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, to name a few. Activities for all seasons await your arrival.
Contact information for WCPS:
W330 N5113 C.T.H. C
Nashotah, WI 53058