Planning & Parks

Camping and Park Reservations

Make a reservation online for an Ozaukee County Park Space:Reserve

Job Positions Open

Interested in working for the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department? There are two job positions open! Read more here:

Administrative Assistant & Natural Resources Analyst

Park Caretaker (Virmond County Park)

Bathrooms Now Closed for Winter

All indoor bathrooms at Ozaukee County Parks are now closed for the 2022-2023 winter season. Portable bathrooms will still be available at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve, Tendick Nature Park, Virmond Park, and Covered Bridge Park.

Ozaukee Interurban Trail Re-Paving

The Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department has been awarded close to $1,000,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Transportation Alternative Program to re-pave and re-shoulder approximately 13 miles of the Ozaukee Interurban Trail. The re-paving will occur in 2024 on county-managed portions of off-road trail from County Highway O, north to County Road K.

The trail sections that will be re-paved and re-shouldered can be seen in bold on this map:

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Celebration for the New Clay Bluffs Cedar Gorge Nature Preserve

On October 20th, 2022 the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department hosted a public event to celebrate the acquisition and inclusion of Clay Bluffs Cedar Gorge Nature Preserve into the Ozaukee County Park System.

The celebration formally recognized the Department’s federal, state, local and private funding partners who made the acquisition possible, including the US Forest Service (USFS) Community Forest Program, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Joint Venture Program and National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, the US Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Office of Great Waters, Ozaukee County (Board of Supervisors) and the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) through its members.

Thank you to all who joined the celebration!

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Collaborative Action for Lake Michigan (CALM) Coastal Resilience network field trip at Virmond County Park

On October 18th, 2022 the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department and the Collaborative Action for Lake Michigan (CALM) Coastal Resilience network hosted a field trip at Virmond County Park in Mequon.

Andrew Struck, Director of the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department, discussed the holistic planning approach being used to address impacts of groundwater, surface water, and lake water on the coastal bluffs and the unique Lake Michigan public access staircase being built at the park.

Thank you to all who attended the event!

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Donate to Our Causes

The New Clay Bluff Cedar Gorge Nature Preserve County Park

Donate to help restore the 132-acre Clay Bluffs Cedar Gorge Nature Preserve in Port Washington, Wisconsin!

Ozaukee Interurban Trail Improvement Projects

Donate to help make improvements to the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, a paved 30-mile multi-use trail that runs through Ozaukee County.

As we celebrate 20 years of the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, please consider donating $20 to help us maintain the trail for current and future users!

Virmond County Park Staircase Construction

Donate to help complete the construction of a unique, ecologically sensitive, low impact public access staircase to Lake Michigan at Virmond County Park in Mequon, Wisconsin. This is a critical project that will create and conserve public access to Lake Michigan! 

If you would prefer to donate by check, please make the check payable to "Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department" with "Donation - Virmond County Park Stairway Project" in the note line.

Mail checks to:

Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department

Attn: Andrew Struck

121 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 994

Port Washington, WI 53074

Donors who give $100 or more may choose to have a brick engraved with a message of their choice as a permanent part of the path leading to the stairway. Visit our Donations & Gifts Page for more details!

Virmond Staircase Fundraising Banner, with thermometer 19,000

Hunting

Hunting is being offered at Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve and Little Menomonee River Fish and Wildlife Preserve in fall 2022.

Visit the Hunting Webpage to read more about hunting opportunities and obtain necessary permits.


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Temporary Road Closure at Hawthorne Hills County Park

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Gift Guides

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Hiking Trail Reports

Visit the Wisconsin Trail Report website to see updated trail reports for some of our popular parks, as well as other trails across the state! This Trail Report is created through a collaborative effort between Travel Wisconsin and the Office of Outdoor Recreation.

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Construction Update: H.H. Peters Youth Camp

The Planning and Parks Department recently completed a project at HH Peters Youth Camp to improve ADA accessibility and update aging infrastructure. Specifically, this included renovations to the men's and women's bathrooms, construction of an additional, ADA accessible bathroom, and modifications to the kitchen and safety room areas.

H.H. Peters, June 2022

Construction Update: Virmond Lake Access Staircase 

At this time, the staircase at Virmond County Park is NOT open. Construction on this unique public access stairway to Lake Michigan is approximately 85% complete. To date, this work was largely completed during the winter months. A phased construction schedule has been necessary due to grant funding timelines and suitable site conditions. Department staff, contractors, and other partners have been continually observing site conditions throughout for suitable, safe access to continue project activities. Due to recent toe erosion on the bluff, the Department recently completed revised design and engineering plans that will assist in completing the stairway to the beach. The Department is seeking additional donations to complete this final phase. The remaining construction work will resume in mid-November 2022 and go through the winter, with final completion in 2023!

Watch a video about the project here.

More information can be found here.

Construction Update: Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve Building

The Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department (Department) is constructing a new pavilion building at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve. The building includes indoor bathrooms and an open-air picnic shelter designed by Kueny Architects, LLC and constructed by Mike Koenig Construction Co, Inc. Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve is the most visited park in the Ozaukee County Park System and until now, the park has been serviced by rental portable toilets, which have been inadequate due to increased park usage. This project is expected to greatly enhance the Park user experience.

Construction activities are scheduled to be significantly complete by Summer 2022. For additional project information, please contact the Department office at 262-238-8257. More info about the park can be found here.

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Progress on the Pavilion,

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Construction Update: Covered Bridge Building

The Department and its consultant completed the design, engineering, and public bidding for a new multi-purpose building at Covered Bridge Park, which includes bathrooms, a picnic shelter, and a storage area for equipment and supplies. Construction of the building, by a private contractor, was recently completed. The new building is located at the southwest corner of the Park near Covered Bridge Road and Cedar Creek Road. The building design and exterior colors have been selected to complement the architecture and colors of the historic Covered Bridge. Covered Bridge Park is a highly visited site in the Ozaukee Park system and routinely is the location for large groups and events, including weddings. This project will improve Park user experience and alleviate the need for staff to bring in equipment and supplies for Parks maintenance from offsite.

More information about the park can be found here.

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Construction Update: Hawthorne Hills Building

The Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department is constructing a multi-purpose building at Hawthorne Hills County Park, located at 4880 County Highway I in Saukville, WI. The project consists of constructing 2 levels of 3,388 square feet each for a total of 6,776 square feet and exterior covered area of 1,230 square feet multipurpose parks maintenance facility. The project includes indoor maintenance and equipment cleaning and storage areas, and office and meeting space. Public bathrooms and showers will be added in a subsequent phase. Construction activities are scheduled for Summer 2022.

More information about the park can be found here.

View the Building Plans

Multi-Purpose Building Rendering

Lost and Found

Think you may have lost something at an Ozaukee County Park? Email us to see if it was found and in our lost and found:

Email the Planning and Parks Department

Proposed amendment to the County-Owned Lands Zoning Ordinance/Map through addition of the “County Highway KK Property” and subsequent rezone to G-1. 

Public hearing scheduled during the Ozaukee County Natural Resources Committee meeting Thursday, December 2nd, 8:00AM in the Auditorium of the Ozaukee County Administration Center, 121 W. Main Street, Port Washington, WI 53074.

Important COVID-19 Update:

At this time, all Ozaukee County Parks and facilities remain open. If you chose to visit one of the parks, please remember CDC guidelines.

Information about Department staff availability: To mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the health and safety of our communities, a majority of Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department staff are transitioning to telecommuting and will not be available in person. This move is consistent with public health guidance to limit exposure. Our staff who are able to work remotely will do so and will be able to respond to inquiries through email and Facebook. We are working with staff who cannot work remotely to accommodate their situations. Social distancing and preventing potential infections are key areas we can help with to hopefully curtail the impacts of this outbreak.

To contact Department Staff please reference the following list:

  • Andrew Struck, Director – Email
  • Matt Aho, Program Manager - Email
  • Jon Stahl, Golf Course Superintendent - Email
  • Tom Sheppard, Parks Superintendent - Email
  • Natalie Cotter, Senior Planner - Email
  • Kristina (Tina) Kroening, Conservation Biologist - Email
  • Ryan Miller, FP/Ecological Program Assistant II - Email
  • Brittany Whyte, Natural Resources and GIS Technician - Email
  • Evan Hewes, Golf Courses Pro Shop Supervisor - Email
  • Ryan Mueller, Park Caretaker Waubedonia - Email
  • Troy Curd, Park Caretaker Mee-Kwon - Email

The Department phone number is still active and being monitored for calls: 262-284-8257

With an increase in the prevalence of COVID-19 in and around Ozaukee County, we are using the best information we have to take proactive steps to protect the health of our community. We know that outdoor spaces are critical to the mental and physical health of our community, now more than ever. We are doing our best to maintain the current level of services. Park visitors may want to bring hand sanitizer with them as they go out to our parks, just to be safe. At this time we are not able to wipe down playground equipment, tables, or other surfaces at the parks.

For more information on COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health page: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm

CDC Social Distancing

Mission


"To provide opportunities for Ozaukee County residents and visitors of Ozaukee County to appreciate and enjoy the natural and cultural resources, local ecology, recreational experiences, well planned sustainable growth and improved quality of life in Ozaukee County through the preservation, restoration and management of natural resources, increased awareness and education, stewardship, promotion of tourism, comprehensive planning, and the acquisition, development, enhancement and operation of large scale, intergovernmental recreational opportunities including exceptionally well-maintained golf courses, multi-use trails and parks."


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The Ozaukee County Fish Passage Program Accepts the Wisconsin DNR External Partner Award

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