Savor the outdoors
Expand your horizons and discover what Milwaukee’s surrounding areas have to offer. These surrounding counties offer scenic spots that serve as backdrops to some of the best hiking, biking, kayaking and fishing in the Milwaukee metro area.
This location offers panoramic views of the park’s unique glacial topography. Pike Lake is part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. With a family campground and three backpack campsites, dnr.wi.gov Washington County
Climb a 45-foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County. Enjoy hiking and backpacking. laphampeakfriends.org
Kettle Moraine State Forest (262) 646-3025
Ice Age National Scenic Trail Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit. The Ice Age Trail boasts diverse geological features that rank among the finest examples of continental glaciations anywhere in the world.
Akerman's Grove State Park Seventy-three acre county park with a natural sandy beach and access to Little Cedar Lake. Washington County
The Ozaukee Interurban Trail is a 30-mile paved trail that spans the length of Ozaukee County and is designed for biking, in-line skating, walking and running. Ozaukee County
The Glacial Drumlin Trail East Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit begins in Waukesha and the paved path leads you to Dousman through beautiful farmlands and glacial topography.
Jump on the Eisenbahn State Trail in West Bend and bike all the way to Kewaskum along the Milwaukee River. Washington County
Outdoor Nature Centers
RiverEdge Nature Center
in Newburg offers hands-on experiences in the nature center and boasts nearly 380 acres of wild Wisconsin - mature forests, prairies, ponds & the Milwaukee River.
Minnesota boasts of 10,000 lakes, but did you know Wisconsin has more than 15,000. And many of those great fishing lakes are in the Southeastern Wisconsin counties of Kenosha, Racine, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee and Milwaukee.
Walleyes, northern pike, bass, various panfish and even the elusive musky are caught in Metro Milwaukee's inland lakes. And charter boats from Kenosha to Port Washington daily take anglers into Lake Michigan in search of salmon and several varieties of trout. Click here to find all inland lake, river and Lake Michigan fishing experiences in Metro Milwaukee.
The western basin is better known for walleye, muskie and smallmouth, while largemouth and northern pike are the main species in the eastern basin.