Beaches

Beach

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 early September at select locations. See below for specific days and times for each location.

BEACHES with multiple lifeguards  
• BB Clarke, daily 11am to 7pm (through Monday, September 2)
• Olbrich, Wed. - Sun., 11am to 5pm (through Sunday, August 25)
• Tenney, Wed. - Sun. 11am to 5pm (through Sunday, August 25)
• Vilas, daily 11am to 7pm (through Monday, September 2)

BEACHES with a single lifeguard ( through Sunday, August 18)
• Bernie's, Friday - Sunday 12 to 4pm
• Esther, Friday - Sunday 12 to 4pm
• Spring Harbor, Friday - Sunday 12 to 4pm
• Warner, Friday - Sunday 12 to 4pm

NOTE: No lifeguard is on duty, if the beach is listed as closed due to the water quality, tested by Public Health Madison & Dane County, the weather or other factor.

WATERCRAFT RENTALS & MORE (see also Canoe & Kayak Rentals)
• Brittingham Park: Madison Boats
• Olbrich Park: Rutabaga Paddlesport 
• Marshall Park: Madison Boats

BEACHES with no lifeguard service
• Brittingham • James Madison • Marshall • Olin

2019 Beach Conditions: Thank you for your patience as we continue to recover from last year's flood.  We are working to secure proper permits to replenish the sand at our beaches. We anticipate this work happening in early July.  Please continue to enjoy the beaches in the meantime.

FAQ: IF A BEACH IS CLOSED DUE TO THE WATER QUALITY, IS THE PARK STILL OPEN?
Yes. Water quality testing is performed by Public Health Madison & Dane County Memorial Day to Labor Day. If a water test shows concerning results, the beach is listed as closed until bacteria or blue-green algae levels decline. During this time, there is no lifeguard service and you are advised to avoid the water. The park remains open to the public for other activities. It is also advised to avoid the water after heavy rainfall. MORE INFORMATION

  • B.B. Clarke Beach

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

    Swim Ropes: Yes
    Lifeguard: Yes
    Lifeguard Schedule: Daily, 11:00am - 7:00pm, 06/13/2019 - 09/02/2019

    Beach Details
  • Bernie's Beach

    Public Health Water Testing:
    OK
    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, 06/14/2019 - 08/18/2019

    Beach Details
  • Brittingham Beach

    Public Health Water Testing:
    OK
    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 Water Testing:
    OK
    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, 06/14/2019 - 08/18/2019

    Beach Details
  • James Madison Beach

    Public Health Water Testing:
    OK
    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 Water Testing:
    OK
    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 Water Testing:
    OK
    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: Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm, 06/13/2019 - 08/25/2019

    Beach Details
  • Olin Beach

    Public Health Water Testing:
    OK
    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 Water Testing:
    OK
    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, 06/14/2019 - 08/18/2019

    Beach Details
  • Tenney Beach

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

    Swim Ropes: Yes
    Lifeguard: Yes
    Lifeguard Schedule: Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm, 06/13/2019 - 08/25/2019

    Beach Details
  • Vilas Beach

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

    Swim Ropes: Yes
    Lifeguard: Yes (not on duty today)
    Lifeguard Schedule: Daily, 11:00am - 7:00pm, 06/13/2019 - 09/02/2019
    NOTICE: Lifeguard is off duty today due to beach closure.

    Beach Details
  • Warner Beach

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

    Swim Ropes: Yes
    Lifeguard: Yes
    Lifeguard Schedule: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, 06/14/2019 - 08/18/2019

    Beach Details

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