• Lake Access

    Launch your boat, carry in your canoe, fish from shore, or just park while you join your friends at Waukesha County's five lake access sites. At three locations, self-register for a daily or annual launch permit: Pewaukee, Nagawicka, and Nemahbin Lakes. No fees for lake access at School Section Lake and Ashippun Lake.


  • Lake Access 

    OPEN: All stalls at: Pewaukee Lake • Nagawicka Lake • Nemahbin Lakes • Ashippun Lake

  • Prevent the spread of invasive species.  Don't forget to use the boat cleaning stations provided at each launch!

    Aquatic Invasive Species Image

    When you leave a body of water:
    • Remove any visible mud, plant, fish or animals before transporting equipment.
    • Eliminate water from equipment before transporting.
    • Clean and dry anything that comes into contact with water (boats, trailers, equipment, clothing, dogs, etc.)
    • Never release plants, fish or animals into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.

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  •  Click for more Lake Access site info:

    Ashippun Lake
    Location/Directions:
    Town of Oconomowoc • northwest Waukesha County 
    View directions (enter 'starting address' at top right)     
    Size:
    84 Acres
    Depth:
    40' Maximum
    Public Access:
    Southwest side of Ashippun on McMahon Road
    Fish Types:
    Bass, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye
    More Information:
    Like other large lakes in the area, its size makes it popular for recreational boating.
    Fees:
    None

    Nagawicka Lake
    Location/Directions:
    Town of Delafield and Village of Nashotah • north-central Waukesha County.
    View directions (enter 'starting address' at top right)      
    Size:
    917 Acres
    Depth:
    90' maximum
    Public Access:
    Southeast corner of lake at Naga-Waukee Park
    Fish Types:
    Bass, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye
    More Information:
    Like other large lakes in the area, its size makes it popular for recreational boating.
    Daily Lake Access permit: 
    Weekday: carry-in  $6 • trailered $6.50 
    Weekend and holiday: carry-in  $6 • trailered $8 
    Annual Lake Access sticker:
    $80 first vehicle
    additional Annual Lake Access sticker: $40 second vehicle registered at same residence • max. one  

    Nemahbin Lake
    Location/Directions:
    Town of Summit • northwest Waukesha County.
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    Upper Nemahbin Lake:
    Size: 248 Acres / Depth: 53' maximum
    Lower Nemahbin Lake:
    Size: 271 acres / Depth: 43' maximum
    Public Access:
    South end of Upper Nemahbin Lake on C.T.H. DR
    Fish Types:
    Bass, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye
    Daily Lake Access permit:

    (self-registration only) 
    Weekday: carry-in  $6 • trailered $6.50 
    Weekend and holiday: 
    carry-in  $6 • trailered $8

    Annual Lake Access sticker:
    $80 first vehicle
    additional Annual Lake Access sticker:
    $40 second vehicle registered at same residence • max. one 

    Pewaukee Lake
    Location/Directions:

    Pewaukee • north-central Waukesha County  
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    Size:
    2,493 Acres
    Depth:
    45' maximum , 10' averages
    Public Access:
    West end of Pewaukee Lake on Hwy. E
    Fish Types:
    Bass, Stocked Muskie, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye
    More Information:
    Pewaukee is a popular recreational lake, with skiing and sailing, plus winter ice boating. There are a few restaurants on the lake where you can dock for a bite to eat. The east half of the lake is in the City of Pewaukee and the west half is in the Town of Delafield.
    Daily Lake Access permit:
    Weekday: carry-in  $6 • trailered $6.50 
    Weekend and holiday: 
    carry-in  $6 • trailered $8 
    Annual Lake Access sticker:
    $80 first vehicle
    additional Annual Lake Access sticker:
    $40 second vehicle registered at same residence • max. one 

    School Section Lake
    Location/Directions:
    Town of Ottawa • west-central Waukesha County.
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    Size:
    117 Acres
    Depth:
    8' Maximum 
    Public Access:
    West end of Pewaukee LakOn north side of School Section Lakee on Hwy. E
    Fish Types:
    Bass, Stocked Muskie, Northern, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, and Walleye
    More Information:
    There is an island in the middle of the lake, and even though it is shallow, fish abound.
    Fees:
    None