Parks & Lakes

Benefits of Parks & Open Spaces

Parks and open spaces are important and valuable attributes to a community. Outdoor recreation contributes to the mental and physical well-being of the community's citizens. Developed park lands provide areas for active recreation, entertainment, and education. Open spaces, or undeveloped park lands, provide natural resource preservation, wildlife habitat, outdoor education, and passive recreational activities. Both developed and undeveloped parks provide transition and separation from other developed land uses. 

Annual Park Operations Timetable 

  • Docks are installed the first weekend in May.    
  • Restrooms open May 1 with closure on September 30 for Idle Isle, Lions, Kurth, Bluhm Farm, and Veterans Memorial Park.    
  • Restrooms at Park Arthur open year round.    
  • Swimming lines at Idle Isle Park beach area are in by the Memorial Day weekend. 

Beach Water Quality (E-Coli) Testing

The Parks & Recreation Department will be testing the beach water quality at Idle Isle Park on a weekly basis in June, July,and August (until Labor Day). If beach water samples are found to warrant signage, the City will post signs indicating the beach is either open with medium levels (235-1,000 colonies/100ml) or closed (excess of 1,000 colonies/100ml). If no signs are posted, water is considered at safe levels.

General Information & Guidelines

  • Golfing areas can be found in Bluhm Farm Park and Denoon Park if you want to keep your swing in shape.    
  • Bathrooms are open only from May to September, from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.    
  • Dogs are not allowed on the green spaces within parks; they are only allowed on the Muskego Recreation Trail and trails going through a park.  Dog must be on a leash 6 feet or less. Dog owners must clean up after their dogs. 

Wildlife in the Parks

Please remember that is unlawful to harass wildlife. Please respect our wildlife that are present in our parks. You might not know, but it's not a good idea to feed the ducks and geese in our parks. By feeding the birds, they lose their natural instincts for survival. It also causes overpopulation and a big mess. The birds can also become susceptible to disease and predation. Please do not feed the birds.

Equipment Rental

The Recreation Department has available for daily rental: kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, paddles, and life jackets. Cost of rental is $10.00/kayak and $20.00/paddleboard. All supporting equipment is included in the rental fee.

Rental of these items must be made at least one week in advance from the date of use. You must complete a rental application, sign and waiver and make payment at the Recreation Department office inside City Hall.

Rental items are available for use at Idle Isle Park or you can personally transport them to either Denoon or Big Muskego Lakes for use. The equipment cannot leave the city.

For more information or request a date, please call the office at 262-679-4108.