These beaches are about 1 hour away (or so) depending on where you live in the Fox Valley. They are in no particular order. Be sure to check beach conditions before you leave to ensure they are open. If anyone has any pictures of the beaches they would like to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your consent. I hope to be visiting more of these beaches myself to snag some photos!
#1. Point Beach, Point Beach State Forest
Address: 9400 County Road 0, Two Rivers, WI 54241
Located in Two Rivers, the 2,900 acre Point Beach State Forest offers 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline with beautiful sandy beaches and a separate beach area for dogs. Recommended by numerous moms, Point Beach is a must-see. The state park also offers sand dunes, a lighthouse, camping, hiking, biking, skiing, nature, and snowmobile trails. Day use areas are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Vehicle admission stickers are required for entrance: $7 daily and $25 annually.
#2. Neshotah Beach, Neshotah Park
Address: 300 Zlatnik Dr., Two Rivers, WI 54241
Located within the 50-acre Neshotah Park, the beautiful Lake Michigan beach has several hundred yards of sand beach, volleyball and basketball courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, bike and walking trails, horseshoe pits, and softball field. The Beach House offers a changing area, restrooms, and concession stand. There is also a jet ski/kayak launch area in the parking lot near 22nd Street.
#3. Kohler-Andrae State Park
Address: 1020 Beach Park Lane Sheboygan, WI 53081
Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the home of majestic sand dunes, miles of golden beach, shimmering blue Lake Michigan water, whispering pines, an abundance of wildlife, and recreational activities for everyone. Vehicle admission stickers are required for entrance: $7 daily and $25 annually.
#4. Clark Lake, Public Swimming Beach
Address: South Lake Rd, Door County, WI 54235
Clark Lake offers a public swimming beach in beautiful Door County near Bailey’s Harbor. This 864 acre lake offers clear water and a bottom of mostly sand and rock. The lake is perfect for swimming, boating, canoeing, jet skis, and fishing. Clark Lake is separated from Lake Michigan by sand dunes.
#5. Green Lake. Dodge Memorial, Sunset, Hattie Sherwood
Location: Green Lake, WI
Green Lake offers three parks that include swimming areas. Most of the parks offer playground equipment, fishing, outdoor grills, restrooms and large open areas.
Dodge Memorial Park is located at the Southwest end of Green Lake; this park offers a boat launch, swimming beach, snack bar, restrooms, picnic area, and pier. The large sand area has a shallow sandy bottom. This is the top spot for swimming. Sunset Park is located at the east end of Green Lake. This area also offers swimming but is most popular for water skiing and tubing because of the shallow, sandy bottom. Hattie Sherwood Park is located at the north lakeshore and offers a sand swimming beach and restrooms.
#6. South Park Beach
Address: 921 South Main St, Waupaca, WI 54981
At the south end of Waupaca’s Main Street, South Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities including picnicking, a playground, two shelters, restrooms, a sandy swimming beach (guards on duty daily Memorial Day-Labor Day), bath house, fishing pier, and boat launch. There is a baby slide, slide on a raft, high dive and diving boards.
#7. Hartman Lake, Hartman Creek State Park
Address: N2480 Hartman Creek Rd, Waupaca, WI 54981.
Hartman Lake is located in Hartman Creek State Park, a 1,417-acre quiet nature preserve. Hartman Lake offers a large sandy beach with clear water. They also offer bike, kayak, canoe rentals, a small store for snack and supplies, and nature classes (free) taught by a park ranger. Vehicle admission stickers are required for entrance: $7 daily and $25 annually.
#8. Elkart Lake, Fireman’s Park and Swimming Beach
Address: 411 S. Lake St. Elkhart Lake, WI 53020.
Elkhart lake offers a white sandy beach at Fireman’s Park and Swimming Beach. The Beach offers a concession stand, picnic tables, grills, and sand volleyball courts. Admission $3/adult; $1 children 12 and under. Opens at 10 am.
#9. Little Silver Lake, Public Swimming Beach
Address: N5285 E Little Silver Lake Rd, Wild Rose, WI 54984
Little Silver Lake offers a public swimming beach with sand. Carry-ins and coolers are allowed. Admission during the week (Mon-Thurs) is $2 and on the weekend (Fri-Sun) is $3.
#10. Partridge Lake, Public Swimming Beach
Address: Partridge Lake Park, Wolf River Drive and Lake Street, Fremont
Partridge Lake Park, locally known as the Fremont Beach, is located at the intersection of Lake Street and Wolf River Drive. The marked swimming area has a sand beach. Picnic tables, grills and an open sided shelter is available for picnics. A restroom with running water, pay phone and soda machine is near the shelter. The beach is “use at your own risk” with no lifeguard on duty. No watercraft allowed in the beach area.
#11. Sunset Beach, Sunset Park
Address: 1010 Fulcer Ave. Kimberly, WI 54136
Sunset Beach Swimming Facility located in Kimberly’s Sunset Park, offers a sand beach with extensive shallow water area, shallow water slides, a diving well featuring a drop slide, low and high diving boards, and a sand volleyball court. Sunset Beach is staffed with Red Cross Certified Lifeguards. The swimming facility opens in early June and closes in mid-August. See daily fees and yearly passes here.
#12. Plamann Lake, Plamann Park
Address: 1375 E Broadway Appleton, WI 54915
Plamann Park has 257 acres of scenic hills and trails. The park offers many park activities, including Plamann Lake with a sandy beach. The beach opens in early June and closes in mid-August each year. See daily fees and yearly passes here.
#13. Arthur Marble Park, Winneconne
Address: 6 S 6th St, Winneconne, WI 54986
Marble Park is a four-acre swimming pond and is always staffed with lifeguards. See daily fees and yearly passes here.
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