Enjoy a day in the sun and water for FREE!
Madison Parks provides seasonal lifeguard services at select beaches.
DAILY STAFFED BEACHES - 11:00AM TO 7:00PM
(FRIDAY, JUNE 9 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2017)
WEEKEND STAFFED BEACHES - 12:30-4:30PM SATURDAY/SUNDAY
(SATURDAY, JUNE 10 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2017, and Tuesday, July 4)
Lifeguards will not be on-duty when beaches are closed by Public Health or during inclement weather. Water quality conditions are monitored in-season by Public Health Madison & Dane County Beach Conditions
and may list a beach as CLOSED. It is also advice to avoid swimming after a heavy rainfall. More information
: Improvements are happening at Esther Park
beach! Due to reconstruction, the beach will be closed for the 2017 season.
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B.B. Clarke Beach
835 Spaight St.
Diving Float, Playground
Yes (not on duty today)
Canoe & Kayak Launch Site
Madison Parks offers various locations to launch a canoe or kayak and is allowed at all of Madison Parks motor boat launch sites. Additionally, the parks listed below have a special designated area for launch.
If you are looking to store your kayak or canoe in a park, please visit the storage webpage
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Canoe & Kayak Storage
Make your summer paddling a breeze by storing your canoe, kayak or paddleboard on the shores of your favorite park.
$100 Madison Residents
All storage racks are outdoors and uncovered. The annual storage period begins each year on April 1 and ends on March 31 of the following year.
How to obtain a storage rack spot for your canoe or kayak
Watercraft storage rack rules:
- Choose the park where you are interested in storing your watercraft(s).
- If space(s) is available, you can purchase a storage spot, or be put on a waiting list for that particular park. To purchase the permit storage sticker, you must bring proof of residency to the Madison Parks Administration office, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Room 104; office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
- Place the permit sticker on your watercraft on the port side where is will be visible for inspection.
- Place your watercraft in your assigned space on the boat storage rack.
If you believe your watercraft has been stolen or removed by Parks staff:
- Watercraft must not exceed 80 pounds, 18 feet in length, 42 inches in width or 24 inches in height.
- Items stored in the storage area are limited to watercraft only. No unauthorized personal property is to be stored on the premises.
- Only one watercraft is allowed in each space.
- Premises are to be left in original condition upon termination of permit period.
- Permit must be visible at all times.
- Watercraft must be fully contained within the designated space.
- Parks Staff reserves the right to cut any lock and remove any watercraft, under any condition it deems necessary for the function of the boat storage program.
- Watercraft must be secured to the boat storage rack. Owner accepts all liability for theft or damage to their property.
Call the Parks Weekend Supervisor to report at 261-9295.
Additional storage may be available at the following:
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Wisconsin residents aged 16 years old or older need a fishing license to fish in any waters of the state. Nonresidents aged 16 years old or older need a nonresident fishing license to fish in Wisconsin waters with hook and line. Visit the Wisconsin DNR website
for more information.
Every year, the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June and the third Saturday and Sunday in January, are designated as Free Fishing Weekends throughout the state of Wisconsin. Residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a fishing license (and trout stamps) over these two days. Visit WI DNR
Parking lots are available in these parks for the programs or events in these parks. Parking lots are available from 4:00 am to 10:00 pm. Overnight parking is not allowed. Parking regulations specific to that park are posted at the entrance of the park.
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Madison Parks has 175 playgrounds to spark your imagination right in your neighborhood. In fact, the City of Madison has the most playgrounds per resident of any city in the nation, with almost 2 more playgrounds per 1,000 residents than the city that got second place! From swing sets, to unique climbing features our playgrounds are perfect for your toddler to your teen.
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B.B. Clarke Beach Park - Playground
Restrooms are located throughout the parks system and in most cases in a park with a reservable shelter. Most of the restrooms are available only during the summer months. Restrooms available during the winter months include those open for winter activities at the following parks: Tenney, Vilas, Elver, Olbrich, Warner and Westmorland Parks.
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No firearms or weapons are permitted on this property. Violators are considered trespassers and subject to forfeiture or arrest.
B.B. Clarke Beach Bathhouse
Open Year-Round: No