Beaches

Beach

IT'S LAKE TIME!
Madison Parks has some of the best lake views in the area with beaches located throughout the city. Seasonal lifeguard service is provided at select beaches, beginning in June and continuing into September. See below for specific days and times for each location.
 

BEACHES with multiple lifeguards (weekends, hours vary through Monday, September 3):
  • BB Clarke 
  • Olbrich 
  • Tenney
  • Vilas 
BEACHES with a single lifeguard (hours and days vary through Sunday, August 19):
  • Bernie's
  • Esther
  • Spring Harbor
  • Warner
WATERCRAFT RENTALS & MORE (see also Canoe & Kayak Rentals)
  • Brittingham Park: Madison Boats
  • Olbrich Park: Rutabaga Paddlesport 
  • Marshall Park: Madison Boats
NO LIFEGUARD SERVICE
  • Brittingham Park
  • James Madison Park
  • Marshall Park
  • Olin Park

WATER QUALITY
Water quality conditions are monitored in-season by Public Health Madison & Dane County Beach Conditions and may list a beach as CLOSED. Lifeguards will not be on-duty during this time, or during inclement weather.  It is also advised to avoid swimming after a heavy rainfall. MORE INFORMATION


  • B.B. Clarke Beach

    Public Health Testing:
    Closed
    Address: 835 Spaight St.
    Restroom: Yes
    Drinking Water: Yes
    Parking: Street Parking
    Amenities: Diving Float, Playground

    Swim Ropes: Yes
    Lifeguard: Yes
    Lifeguard Schedule: Saturday, Sunday, 11:00am - 7:00pm, 08/25/2018 - 09/03/2018

    Beach Details
  • Bernie's Beach

    Public Health Testing:
    Closed
    Address: 901 Gilson St.
    Restroom: Yes
    Drinking Water: Yes
    Parking: Street Parking
    Amenities: Picnic Tables

    Swim Ropes: Yes
    Lifeguard: Yes
    Lifeguard Schedule: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, 06/09/2018 - 08/19/2018

    Beach Details
  • Brittingham Beach

    Public Health Testing:
    Closed
    Address: 701 W. Brittingham Pl.
    Restroom: Yes
    Drinking Water: Yes
    Parking: Parking Lot
    Amenities: Canoe/Kayak Rental, Concessions, Picnic Tables, Playground

    Swim Ropes: No
    Lifeguard: No

    Beach Details
  • Esther Beach

    Public Health Testing:
    Closed
    Address: 2802 Waunona Way
    Restroom: Yes
    Drinking Water: Yes
    Parking: Parking Lot
    Amenities: Picnic Tables, Playground

    Swim Ropes: No
    Lifeguard: Yes
    Lifeguard Schedule: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, 06/09/2018 - 08/19/2018

    Beach Details
  • James Madison Beach

    Public Health Testing:
    Closed
    Address: 614 E. Gorham St.
    Restroom: Yes
    Drinking Water: Yes
    Parking: Street Parking
    Amenities: Picnic Tables, Playground, Volleyball

    Swim Ropes: Yes
    Lifeguard: No

    Beach Details
  • Marshall Beach

    Public Health Testing:
    Closed
    Address: 2101 Allen Blvd.
    Restroom: Yes
    Drinking Water: Yes
    Parking: Parking Lot
    Amenities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Rental, Concessions, Picnic Tables, Playground, Volleyball

    Swim Ropes: No
    Lifeguard: No

    Beach Details
  • Olbrich Beach

    Public Health Testing:
    Closed
    Address: 3527 Atwood Avenue
    Restroom: Yes
    Drinking Water: Yes
    Parking: Parking Lot
    Amenities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Rental, Concessions, Picnic Tables, Volleyball

    Swim Ropes: Yes
    Lifeguard: Yes
    Lifeguard Schedule: Saturday, Sunday, 12:00pm - 6:00pm, 08/25/2018 - 09/03/2018

    Beach Details
  • Olin Beach

    Public Health Testing:
    Closed
    Address: 1156 Olin-Turville Ct.
    Restroom: Yes
    Drinking Water: Yes
    Parking: Parking Lot
    Amenities: Boat Ramp, Picnic Tables

    Swim Ropes: No
    Lifeguard: No

    Beach Details
  • Spring Harbor Beach

    Public Health Testing:
    Closed
    Address: 1918 Norman Way
    Restroom: Yes
    Drinking Water: Yes
    Parking: Parking Lot
    Amenities: Picnic Tables

    Swim Ropes: Yes
    Lifeguard: Yes
    Lifeguard Schedule: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, 06/09/2018 - 08/19/2018

    Beach Details
  • Tenney Beach

    Public Health Testing:
    Closed
    Address: 1330 Sherman Ave.
    Restroom: Yes
    Drinking Water: Yes
    Parking: Parking Lot
    Amenities: Picnic Tables, Playground, Volleyball

    Swim Ropes: Yes
    Lifeguard: Yes
    Lifeguard Schedule: Saturday, Sunday, 12:00pm - 6:00pm, 08/25/2018 - 09/03/2018

    Beach Details
  • Vilas Beach

    Public Health Testing:
    Closed
    Address: 1501 Vilas Park Dr.
    Restroom: Yes
    Drinking Water: Yes
    Parking: Parking Lot
    Amenities: Picnic Tables

    Swim Ropes: Yes
    Lifeguard: Yes
    Lifeguard Schedule: Saturday, Sunday, 11:00am - 7:00pm, 08/25/2018 - 09/03/2018

    Beach Details
  • Warner Beach

    Public Health Testing:
    Closed
    Address: 1101 Woodward Dr.
    Restroom: Yes
    Drinking Water: Yes
    Parking: Parking Lot
    Amenities: Boat Ramp, Picnic Tables

    Swim Ropes: Yes
    Lifeguard: Yes
    Lifeguard Schedule: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, 06/09/2018 - 08/19/2018

    Beach Details

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