Public Beaches

City Beach is located on the southern shore of Lac Labelle and is accessible from W. Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Oconomowoc with limited on-site parking available. Bender Beach is located north on Highway 67 on the eastern shore of Lac La Belle. Street parking is available. The beaches are staffed with lifeguards the following hours, weather permitting. The beach may also be closed due to other events such as concerts, drills and trainings, etc.

Please note the beach swim area will be restricted to the small section during swim lessons, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Beaches are open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
  • City Beach - Swimming Hours 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Bender Beach - Swimming Hours 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Beach admissions can be purchased at each location. You may pay with check, cash or a credit card (a 2.5% service charge applies if you use a card)
  • Daily Bands $ 2.50 each Resident / $ 5.00 Non-resident 
  • Season Bands $20.00 each Resident / $45.00 Non-resident
  • *Children under six are free with a paid adult. Adult must be within arms-reach of child at all times.
  • *Residents are those who reside in the City and pay City of Oconomowoc taxes. Non-residents are individuals who reside outside the City of Oconomowoc. This includes the Town of Oconomowoc.
Family Season Pass
Family passes must be purchased in the Parks, Recreation & Forestry office during regular office hours. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To provide a fair process for residents, the Common Council established this criteria to be eligible to purchase a family season pass:

1. Head of household must provide a valid driver's license to verify residency.

2. Head of household spouse, if applicable, must provide a valid driver's license to verify residency.

3. Immediate family members who reside in the household are eligible to be on the family season pass.

4. Immediate family members include the following: legal daughter/son, husband and wife only.

5. Birth certificate is required for all immediate family members.

# of Family Members          2              3          4              5+
Family Rate                        $35         $50      $60           $70

Beach Rules

  • Beach bands are required at all city beaches and can be purchased at the guard house. Beach bands must be worn on the sand and in the water.
  • Children 5 and under are not allowed in the water unless a parent or adult over the age of 16 is at arm’s-length away from them.
  • Only strong swimmers are allowed at the piers. Floatation devices must remain in the shallow section.
  • No swimming under the piers, hanging on the ropes, buoys, or ladders. Only one person on the ladder at a time. No climbing down the ladder.
  • Horseplay, such as running, splashing, pushing/shoving, or dunking, is not permitted.
  • No backwards jumps, back dives or flips off of the piers.
  • No throwing sand/rocks, swearing, or sitting/standing on another person's shoulders.
  • Swimming in long pants is prohibited.
  • Glass, grills, bikes, and pets are not allowed in the park. Alcohol is prohibited on the beach, but allowed in the park. No food or drink in the water.
  • Fishing in or near the swimming or boat launch area is not allowed.
  • No feeding the waterfowl (per city ordinance).


Public Swimming Access

Park Street Swimming Access is located on the southern shore of Lac Labelle at the end of Park Street. There is limited street parking available.  Woodland Lane is located on the southern shore of Lac Labelle at the end of Woodland Lane. There is limited street parking available.

Water Quality
The City of Oconomowoc will test water quality at City Beach and Bender Beach. Testing will occur weekly beginning the week prior to Memorial Day and continue through September. The City will test more frequently if the following situations occur:

  • After a major pollution event where potential exists that indicator levels may be expected to exceed standard (sewage leak, spill)   
  • Immediately following the exceedance of the water quality standards.