Area Beach Conditions

today's nearshore forecast

Today: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots veering east in the afternoon. Gusts up to 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Tonight: East wind 15 to 20 knots veering south early in the morning. Gusts up to 25 knots. Slight chance of rain and snow through around midnight, then rain after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Waves 3 to 4 feet building to 4 to 6 feet late in the evening, then building to 5 to 7 feet after midnight subsiding to 4 to 6 feet early in the morning.

Updated: Thursday 2/22, 07:05 (Source: NOAA NDBC)

water and wave forecast

The beach winds and waves forecast will resume in the spring.

(Source: NWS Surfcast)

Water temperature: 35 °F

Updated: Thursday 2/22, 06:00 (Source: GLOS Nowcast 3D)

breakwater gauge

Located on the McKinley breakwater.

Conditions on: Thursday 2/22 at 07:50 AM

Air temperature: 31.1 °F

Wind Direction: NE ( 40 deg true )

Wind Speed: 12 kts

Wind Gust: 13 kts

(Source: NDBC Stn: MLWW3)

bacterial monitoring

All natural waters contain microorganisms and may at times contain microorganisms that can cause gastrointestinal illness.

  • Atwater Park Beach
  • Bay View Park Beach
  • Bender Beach
  • Bradford Beach
  • Grant Park Beach
  • Klode Park Beach
  • McKinley Beach
  • South Shore Beach
  • Tietjen Beach / Doctor's Park Beach

Bacterial monitoring of these Lake Michigan beaches in Milwaukee County has ended for the season.
Sampling will resume in the Spring.


Swim Risk Potential - Southeastern Wisconsin

Swim Risk Potential – Southeastern Wisconsin


Swim Hazard Risk Level
Low Risk
A low risk of swimming hazards imply that large waves and strong currents are not expected along the shore.
Moderate Risk
A moderate risk of swimming hazards imply that large waves and strong currents are likely along the shore. Only experienced swimmers should consider entering the water.
High Risk
A high risk of swimming hazards imply dangerous waves and currents are expected along the shore. Swimming conditions may be life threatening to anyone entering the water.


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