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WISCONSIN
SWIMMING HOLES
(11 PLACES)
UPDATED 2/2016


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AMNICON FALLS S. P.
(AMNI)

LINKS TO PHOTOS BELOW
TOWNS DULUTH (MN), SUPERIOR (WI)
LAT, LON lat=46.60981, lon=-91.89239(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WI
WATER Black River
TYPE Falls
DESCRIPTION There are four waterfalls in the State Park. PARK WEB SITE. These are the upper and lower Amnicon Falls, Snake Pit Falls and Now and Then Falls. The main drop of the Upper Falls is about 15 feet. You can swim in the plunge pool at the bottom of the Upper Falls (Park website says "swim with care" here- water levels fluctuate.) The Lower Falls is a slide, roughly 15 feet high and 30 feet long (unknown if it is safe to slide here). It is a short distance between the two falls and there is an old bridge between the two falls. See also GO WATERFALLING .
AREAS Amnicon Falls S. P.
SANCTION Semi - official
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES All facilities in State Park
ACTIVITIES Swimming, sliding?
PHONE (715) 398-3000
CAMPING Developed camping at site. .
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Superior, take RT 2/53 southeast. Where RT 2 and RT 53 diverge, take RT 2 east about 1 mile then turn north (left) on County Highway U and go aobut .3 miles to the park entrance on the left.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/15/2008



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EAU CLAIRE RIVER
(EAUC)

PHOTO 1
PHOTO 2
TOWNS EAU CLAIRE, CHIPPEWA FALLS, FALL CREEK
LAT, LON lat=44.817532, lon=-91.355744(source: Measured by other) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WI
WATER Eau Claire River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION This from a visitor: "Secluded shallow, slow river with sand beaches and sand bottom." Another visitor says: "We went to the Eau Claire River today. It was great! We stayed at the sandbar where the trail came out at the river. It was 85 degrees on a Sunday afternoon, and no one in sight! We did see two people before we left - both were skinnydipping and cooling off in the water. The river was clear, with a sand bottom. We could sit in the middle of the river in about a foot of water. This was a great find - thank you!"
AREAS County-owned land
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swim, wade, sun, beach games
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site. .
BATHING SUITS Optional - None on secluded upstream beaches, but customary when canoers pass and around people that wear them.
DIRECTIONS From downtown Eau Claire, take Birch St. east and keep left on Birch which merges with County Rd. QQ (do not cross the river bridge). Turn right to stay on CR QQ, which merges with North Shore Dr.. Continue east on CR QQ, North Shore Dr. (which may become Bullhead Pond Dr. then North Shore Drive again). After you pass Phillips County Park and S. 82nd ave, go about another .6 miles then park at trail head on the south side of County Highway QQ at Lat. 44.818296, Lon. -91.354126.

This from a visitor:" This is a good spot to see if you have company as this is about the only spot to park for this beach. There is a berm that will not allow automobile access further down the trail, so just park at the berm and walk. Follow the trail generally south and west toward the river. It winds a bit and becomes very sandy. In the summer the sand gets hot so wear shoes. At Lat. 44.817532, Lon. 91.355744 there is a small steep trail to the south off the main trail that heads to the river. You will see a steep little access that is worn down from horse traffic. Take that to access the beach. The beach is just a couple of hundred feet off the last coordinates. It is pretty obvious when you get there. In the summer this first part of the beach is accessed by all types of people from families, teens, and people fishing. Find a spot and enjoy. The water is ankle to waist deep most of the time, but in the spring and after a really big rain it can get fast and deeper. It is generally a wide shallow river thought with a nice sand bottom. The beaches change from year to year depending on what affect the spring melt had. It is kind of neat that every April of so you will find a different look from the year before. There are small islands that may or may not have a beach. Again this just depends on what formed that spring. "

"If you continue to walk up stream you will probably find a more secluded beach, maybe on the back side of an island where you can enjoy a day sunning and swimming nude. Up stream there are several regulars that enjoy the beach nude. If you do go nude be sure to keep an eye upstream for canoers. They are easy to spot long enough to give you pleanty of time to cover up or get dressed. Behind the beach, but not too visible from the beach is a horse trail that is used frequently. You can usually hear the horses though in time. Also watch downstream for others heading your way. They are easy to hear as they have to walk and splash against current to get there. The river is wide so anyone coming via the water is easy to spot. Just use your judgment in clothing. We usually wear none, but you have to be prepared to cover up if need be. The main beach is at Lat. 44.817532, Lon. 91.355744. The beach that is best for skinny dipping is at about Lat. 44.813719, Lon. 91.346726. The main beach is there every year, but the other beaches change depending on how the spring melt has left the place. "
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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JAYCEE QUARRY PARK
(JAYC)

LINKS TO PHOTOS BELOW walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS SHEBOYGAN
LAT, LON lat=43.78197, lon=-87.74849(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WI
WATER Quarry
TYPE Quarry
DESCRIPTION Town park with swimming in unused quarry. Picnic shelters, hiking, all facilities. (There was some question about whether the quarry would continue to be open for swimming so call the number below before you go. ) WEB SITE , WEB SITE.
AREAS Evergreen Park
SANCTION Official
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES All facilities in park
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE 920.459.3440
CAMPING No camping at site. .
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From I-43 Exit 128 (near Sheboygan) take RT 42 (WI-42 Trunk, Calumet Dr.) southeast about .5 miles to Evergreen Park and the Jaycee Quarry Park. The address is 3401 Calumet Dr., Sheboygan.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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KETTLE MORAINE AREA
[3 PLACES]
(KETA)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS WHITEWATER, PALMYRA
STATE WI
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Lakes/Ponds
DESCRIPTION Swimming places in small lakes in and around the Kettle Moraine State Forest area between Madison and Milwaukie. The Kettle Moraine region of southeastern Wisconsin is rich in springs. Up until the mid-twentieth century, businesses sold mineral waters bottled in the Waukesha area and well-heeled families built resorts to enjoy these special places. Fortunately, springs from this same aquifer continue to pump cool water into this regionís lakes. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREAS Kettle Moraine State Forest
SANCTION Official (but no lifeguards)
FEE Varies - see below
FACILITIES Varies - see below
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING There are several State Forest campgrounds in the area.
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Madison, take RT 18 east to Cambridge then southeast on RT 12 through Fort Atkinson to Whitewater. Directions below are from Whitewater.

WHITEWATER LAKE [WHIT]: A popular lake swimming beach (no lifeguards) in the Kettle Moraine State Forest - South Unit. WEB INFO . Picnic tables, grills, and toilet facilities are available near the beach. Camping on site. To get here from Whitewater (above) take RT 59 (Old Hwy 12) south then Elkhorn Rd south about 5 miles into the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Turn west (right) on Kettle Moraine Drive and continue to the campground and beach. LAT, LON: lat=42.78035, lon=-88.69512(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.

SPRING LAKE [SPRI]: Also know as Lower Spring Lake (there is an Upper Spring Lake) offers a 150-foot sand beach, playground, changing rooms, toilets and concessions. A fee is charged. To get here, in the town of Whitewater (above) take N. Newcomb St. north, it becomes RT 59 north, continue to Palmyra. In Palmyra, from Main St., turn right on Anemone St and look immediately for the Lions Park and beach. LAT, LON: lat=42.87991,lon=-88.5826(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.

OTTAWA LAKE [OTTA]: A popular lake swimming beach (no lifeguards) in the Kettle Moraine State Forest - South Unit. WEB INFO . Picnic tables, grills, and toilet facilities are available near the beach. Camping on site. To get here from Palmyra (above) continue east on RT 59 (becomes Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr) to Eagle. In Eagle, turn north (left) on RT 67 (still Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr) and continue to Ottawa Lake Recreation Area. Follow signs to the beach area. LAT, LON: lat=42.93707, lon=-88.47558(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2014



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MADISON AREA
[3 PLACES]
(MADI)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS MADISON, MIDDLETON, CROSS PLAINS, CAMBRIDGE
STATE WI
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Lakes/Ponds
DESCRIPTION Swimming places in small lakes around Madison. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREAS Varies - see below
SANCTION Varies - see below
FEE Varies - see below
FACILITIES Varies - see below
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING There are many county campgrounds and state park campgrounds around Madison.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS All directions below are from Madison.

SALMO POND [SALM]: An old rock quarry has become a county park. The quarry is fed by springs - cool when the summer is hot. Easy access, grass beach, clear water, nice place to swim. WEB INFO . Address: 4809 Scherbel Rd, Cross Plains WI 53528. To get here from Madison, take RT 14 west to Middleton. In Middleton, turn left to stay on RT 14 and go about 10 miles more then turn south (left) on Scherbel Rd. The entrance to Salmo Pond is on the right just after you make this turn. LAT, LON lat=43.11835, lon=-89.6897(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.

BECKMAN LAKE [BECK]: In the Browntown-Cadiz Springs Recreation Area, spring-fed Beckman Lake has a shady picnic area and a sandy beach. Fee charged. WEB INFO . To get here from Madison, take RT 18 west to Verona the RT 69 south to Monroe. From Monroe, take RT 11 west then a short way south on Browntown-Cadiz Springs Road to Beckman Lake. LAT, LON lat=42.584, lon=-89.767(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.

LAKE RIPLEY [LAKR]: Lake and beach with concession stand operated by the Cambridge Community Activities Program (CAP). Fee charged. WEB INFO . To get here from Madison, take RT 12/18 east to Cambridge. Stay on RT 12 through Cambridge then turn north (left) on Park Rd and Ripley Park/Lake Ripley are right there on the east side of Park Rd. LAT, LON lat=43.00278,lon=-89.00390(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2014



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PEBBLE BEACH
(PEBB)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS GREEN BAY, EPHRAIM, SISTER BAY
LAT, LON lat=45.18522, lon=-87.15166(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WI
WATER Lake Michigan
TYPE Bay
DESCRIPTION This from a visitor:"My favorite beach in the world - in a tiny bay along Lake Michigan. Hard to find, and almost always deserted - a great place for a swim. The water is incredibly calm, great sunset views all summer, and all of the rocks are perfect skippers."
AREAS None
SANCTION Public beach
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None at site. .
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Green Bay, go north on RT 57 about 75 miles to Sister Bay. Go southwest (left) on RT 42 for about 1.2 miles then turn north (right) on Pebble Beach Rd. Bear left to stay on Pebble Beach Rd. until you come to Lake Michigan and the beach. There are houses all around here but it is said to be a public beach.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/15/2008
 

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REDGRANITE

QUARRY


(REDG)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS Redgranite
LAT, LON 44.043694, -89.098358
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WI
WATER Redgranite Lake
TYPE Quarry
DESCRIPTION

This from a visitor:"One cool swimming hole Iíve been to a couple of times in the last 2 years is the quarry in Redgranite, WI.  It is located on highway 21, downtown Redgranite behind the bank and post office.  While there are no public facilities like bathrooms or picnic tables, it has cool, deep water and is a great spot despite the lack of amenities."

AREAS None
SANCTION None
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site.
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

Follow RT 21 into Redgranite. Just northwest of the intersection with Main St, turn onto Division St. The quarry is immediately on your left.

CONFIDENCE Confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/10/2016

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