With 500 acres of public parklands and three beautiful lakes, Muskego is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Big Muskego, Little Muskego and Denoon Lakes provide the opportunity for boaters and fishermen to spend time on the open water in the summer, hunting in the fall and snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter. With 21 lake accesses to choose from, finding a place on the lake to relax has never been easier. Little Muskego is home to the city’s public beach, aptly named Idle Isle Park. This park features a sandy public beach, boat launches and a handicap accessible fishing pier. For those looking for entertainment on the water, the WaterBugs Water Ski Shows are offered every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day at Idle Isle Park.
The great outdoors can be discovered in one of the 14 beautiful parks found in Muskego. Neighborhood parks include playground equipment and open spaces. In the larger parks you can also find: picnic shelters, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, skateboard parks, boardwalks and meeting room areas. The parks encompass over 260 acres of pristine space within Muskego. Park expansions include the completion of Park Arthur on the city’s north side, which will include: ball fields, an archery range, soccer fields, sledding hill, skating rink, shelter and playground. Some of these amenities will be open for use in 2012.
Muskego also boasts over 30 miles of paved and/or unpaved recreation trails. These trails serve to link the city of Muskego together with a system of safe and functional off-street recreation trails to facilitate such activities as running, biking, cross-country skiing, in-line skating, hiking, equestrian activities and nature study. In the winter, groomed snowmobile trails keep the city connected.
The city also provides an extensive recreational program. The Muskego Parks and Recreation Department compiles a 50 plus page program guide three times a year that is mailed to Muskego residents. The department is one of the few in the area that provides programs for everything from infants to seniors.
The department also works with adjoining cities to provide an extensive offering of programs. Classes from dance to gymnastics, cooking to art and everything in between can be found. The department also provides league sports opportunities for adults in volleyball, basketball and softball. Youth sports opportunities include recreational basketball and volleyball leagues and club teams in basketball and volleyball. Internet registration is available by visiting the parks and recreation department website at www.ci.muskego.wi.us/parkrecreation.
Little Muskego Lake, which at 506 acres isn’t so little, and its public access for boating, water skiing and fishing make for a great all-year-round resource. This lake is home to the Muskego Waterbugs, a talented group of water skiing performers, entertaining crowds every Wednesday evening throughout the summer.
Big Muskego Lake, with 2,260 acres of cattail marsh, makes for great hunting and fishing, as well as beauty.
Lake Denoon covers 162 acres situated in the southwestern portion of the city and is also partially located in the town of Norway.