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Beach Alert
During the summer season, some of the beaches contain weeds and algae. Public Health Madison and Dane County monitors the beaches for potentially harmful blue-green algae and updates this website as necessary.

Madison & Dane County Beaches

Water quality at most public beaches in Dane County are monitored by Public Health Madison and Dane County during the swimming season (Memorial Day-Labor Day).

If a water test shows concerning results, the beach will close until levels of bacteria or blue-green algae return to normal.

Water conditions change quickly and testing results do not always represent the current conditions of the water quality. Therefore, people should always take an overall look at conditions before entering the water. A few things to be aware of:

  • Swimming is not advisable after a heavy rainfall because bacteria levels in the water may be elevated.
  • If you see algae blooms (most often blue-green in color, but can also be reddish-purple, or brown) or the water is murky, avoid contact.

 



Beaches

Image: BB Clarke - beach is open open

BB Clarke

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
Image: Bernies - beach is open open

Bernies

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
Image: Brittingham - beach is open open

Brittingham

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
Image: Esther - beach is open open

Esther

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
Image: Goodland County Park - beach is open open

Goodland County Park

Lake Waubesa
Madison, WI

Governor Nelson State Park

Lake Mendota
Waunakee, WI
Monitor: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Parks & Recreation Division
Image: James Madison - beach is open open

James Madison

Lake Mendota
Madison, WI

Lake Kegonsa State Park

Lake Kegonsa
Stoughton, WI
Monitor: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Parks & Recreation Division
Image: Lake Mendota County Park - beach is open open

Lake Mendota County Park

Lake Mendota
Middleton, WI
Image: Marshall - beach is open open

Marshall

Lake Mendota
Madison, WI
Image: Memorial Union (Pier) - beach is open open

Memorial Union (Pier)

Lake Mendota
Madison, WI
Image: Olbrich - beach is open open

Olbrich

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
Image: Olin - beach is open open

Olin

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
Image: Spring Harbor - beach is open open

Spring Harbor

Lake Mendota
Madison, WI
Image: Stewart County Park - beach is open open

Stewart County Park

Mt. Horeb, WI

Stoughton Mandt Park Pond

Stoughton, WI
Monitor: City of Stoughton, Parks & Recreation Department
Image: Tenney - beach is open open

Tenney

Lake Mendota
Madison, WI

Verona Fireman's Park

Verona, WI
Monitor: Verona Parks Department
Image: Vilas - beach is open open

Vilas

Lake Wingra
Madison, WI
Image: Warner - beach is open open

Warner

Lake Mendota
Madison, WI

Lake Access Points

Image: Hudson Park Lake Access Point - beach is open open

Hudson Park Lake Access Point

Lake Monona
Madison, WI