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Golf & Parks Division


Washington County Parks Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - 3.24.2020

Washington County Parks and Trails is actively monitoring the situation and is taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington County begins to rise, we are using the best information we have to take proactive steps to protect the health of our community. Outdoor spaces and amenities are critical to the mental and physical health of residents. We are doing our best to maintain current level of services however we are not able to wipe down playground equipment, tables or other other surfaces at the parks at levels necessary to prevent the spread.

All playgrounds in Washington County Parks are closed until further notice in accordance with Emergency Order #12: Safer at Home.


  • Rental Shelters - Closed thru 5/15
  • Rental Houses/Cabins - Open
  • Restrooms - Open
  • Portable Restrooms - Open
*It is advised to bring hand sanitizer and toilet paper, with limited staff restrooms are only able to be cleaned 1-2 times per week. There may come a point when all restrooms are closed.

  • Trails - Open
  • Dog Parks - Closed (due to turf conditions, not COVID 19)
  • Disc Golf Courses - Open
  • Playgrounds - Closed
  • Boat Launches - Open

In accordance with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services's order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 people or more for the duration of the statewide public health emergency, we are cancelling or postponing all public/private events and facility rentals thru 4/30/2020.

While at the park, it is important to maintain social distancing which means limit contact of groups within 6 feet from each other for 10 minutes or longer. Older adults, pregnant individuals, people with weakened immune systems, and those with underlying health conditions that are at increased risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are encouraged to take extra precautions. By minimizing non-essential contact, we can slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.

Check back to this website for all official Washington County Parks & Trails Updates.

For all Washington County COVID 19 Updates visit:

3/6/2020 Homestead Howl Dog Park - temporarily closed due to muddy conditions. Check back or call 262.335.4445 for updates.

Reserve a Park Shelter

Purchase a Park Pass


Park System Story Maps:

Park News:


Boat Launch Fees & Use for Ackerman's Grove
and Henschke Hillside Lake Access

The Golf and Parks Division is responsible for the operation and planning of the Washington County Golf Course and the operation of the County Park System.
The Park section also provides grounds maintenance for County properties in West Bend and the Fair Park. The Golf and Parks Division is also responsible for master planning the Washington County Park System including site analysis, design specifications, grant applications and construction management of large-scale projects.

Washington County and the Healthy People Project just completed an update to the Park and Trail Map for Washington County! This free map identifies all publically accessible parks and trails throughout the County. It was developed in partnership with Aurora Health Care, local governments and numerous organizations. The maps are available at the Planning & Parks Department, city, village and town halls, Kettle Moraine YMCA, Pike Lake Unit of the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest and the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.

Park & Trail Map No. 1

Park & Trail Map No. 2


County Golf Course

You can now follow the
Washington County Golf Course on
Facebook and Twitter!

Click on the icons below, or scan the QR codes
to start following the activity at WCGC.

This 18 hole championship golf course that opened in April 1997 on 280 acres, was designed by Golf Course Architect Arthur Hills and features all bentgrass fairways, tees and greens.

Come play one of the premier golf courses in the state. Rated 4 1/2 stars and the #2 Municipal Golf Course in the Nation by Golf Digest. The course is nestled along the Rubicon River environmental corridor and boasts panoramic views of Powder Hill and Holy Hill. Native grass roughs add to the aesthetic pleasure of the course. Over fifty sand traps, three major water hazards, stream obstacles and three rock walls challenge players of all experience levels. A state of the art irrigation system provides optimum playing conditions.

6439 Clover Road, Hartford, located East of STH 83 on Clover Rd.

From Milwaukee/Green Bay
Hwy 41 to STH 60, West on STH 60, 3.5 miles, North on Kettle Moraine Rd., West on Clover Rd., to entrance.

From Hartford
One mile north of Hartford on STH 83, East on Clover Rd. to entrance.

Telephone Numbers:
Toll Free: 1-888-383-4653
Local: 262-670-6616

For full details, and to obtain information about scheduling a tee time, visit our site at


You can now book your park reservations online!
Click on the link below to enter the site.

County Park Reservable Shelters

Washington County Park shelters may be reserved for your use. Check the pages for individual shelters regarding information about shelter fees and available amenities.

Reservable Shelters by Capacity
Capacity Up to 200
Up to 60 Up to 50 Up to 30

Reservable Shelters by Location
Ackerman's Grove Shelters (3)
Family Park Shelter (1)
Glacier Hills County Park Shelters (4)
Goeden County Park Shelter (1)
Heritage Trails County Park Shelter (1)
Homestead Hollow County Park Shelters (4)
Leonard J. Yahr County Park Shelters (1)
Sandy Knoll County Park Shelters (4)


Washington County Park System includes more than 1,200 acres of breathtaking views, wooded trails and serene lakes and ponds. Spring, summer and fall activities available include hiking, picnicking, boating, swimming, nature/cultural trails, canoeing, fishing, basketball and sand volleyball. Winter is bustling with activities such as ice-fishing, sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Beginning June 10th - Hwy 164/167 Detour Map (pdf) to Glacier Hills & Heritage Trails

Washington County Parks

Ackerman's Grove County Park
Family Park
Glacier Hills County Park
Goeden County Park
Heritage Trails County Park
Homestead Hollow County Park
Leonard J. Yahr County Park
Lizard Mound County Park
Sandy Knoll County Park

Other properties managed by Washington County Planning and Parks Department include:
Henschke Hillside Lake Access
Eisenbahn State Trail

Other links
Park Shelter Information
Countywide Park Map
Lizard Mound Visitor Comment Form Hit the Tab key to fill in the form online,
then print out and return to the Planning and Parks Department.

A Park and Open Space Plan for Washington County: 2035

The Planning and Parks Department is updating the County Park and Open Space Plan which will address both open space preservation and outdoor recreation as key elements to the future success, economic vitality and quality of life in Washington County. To view the summary document of public outreach events held throughout October 2014, click here.

The Planning and Parks Department conducted an online survey in 2013 to help determine future funding priorities for improvements to the Washington County Park System. The survey offered a chance for the public to provide opinions about what the County Park System would look like in the future. A total of 650 surveys were submitted. The full survey report (64 pages) is available below, along with a 2-page fact sheet summarizing survey results.

Click on the link below to view the full 64-page survey.

2013 Washington County Park Survey

*Note* The document above is a 4.87 MB file and may take some time to download.

Click on the link below to view the fact sheet on the 2013 Park System
Online Survey Summary.

2013 Washington County Park System Survey Summary

Washington County Planning & Parks Geocache Placement Guidelines

  • To place a physical or virtual cache, you must have prior written permission from the Assistant Administrator for Golf and Parks. For each cache location, complete a separate Permit Request Form.
    Geocaching is not allowed in: Lizard Mound County Park, the Washington County Golf Course, or other sensitive areas that the Assistant Administrator determines cannot tolerate human traffic including but not limited to: stream banks, wetlands, prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, unique geological features, steep slopes, areas containing plants that are hazardous to humans or other unsafe areas.
  • Place a cache close to trails and use only existing trail corridors for travel to the cache location.
  • Caches may not be buried. Caches may be placed under leaves, rocks or logs.
  • Caches may not be affixed to any structure or building by any means.
  • Caches should be placed at eye level or lower so that children can reach caches without climbing.
  • If possible, caches should be labeled clearly with the word "Geocache" on the outside of the container.
  • The owner/placer of the cache must monitor the location of the cache at a minimum of 4 times per year.

The following items are not permitted in a physical geocache:
     Knives or weapons of any kind
     Illegal items
     Materials restricted from minors such as tobacco, alcohol or other
     harmful substances

Geocache Removal or moving

  • If you wish to move or remove a cache, you must complete a new Permit Request Form, and you must remove the cache location from any and all websites identifying the location of the cache or provide new information about the new location of the cache.
  • The owner / placer of the cache may leave the cache at the permitted location for no more than 2 years. After removal, the owner / placer is responsible for returning the site to its original condition to the satisfaction of the Assistant Admin. for Golf & Parks.
  • The Assistant Admin. for Golf & Parks may at any time remove or require the cache to be removed or moved if he/she decides that there is an unacceptable hazard to humans, an unacceptable level of damage to the environment or it is not in compliance with policy. The Assistant Admin. will make a reasonable effort to notify the owner/placer of a removed cache.
  • Any found cache that has not been approved by the Assistant Admin. of Golf and Parks may be removed by Park staff.

The Washington County Planning and Parks Department has some helpful links to promote active living.

These links will help you locate recreational resources and map your plan to be active.

Get moving and get active! Use this information to connect to trails, walking and biking routes, parks and other physical activity events throughout Washington County. Active living is a way of life. Our vision for Get Moving Washington County is to develop a culture of healthy and active life styles for all ages and abilities!

  • Opportunity for the active
  • Inspiration for the inactive
  • Awareness for all
Click here to learn more about Get Moving Washington County and its contributors.
Click here to choose activities.
Click here for interactive maps