Vilas Beach open

Public Health Madison & Dane County tested bacteria levels and checked for algae blooms on 6/28/2022. The results were acceptable. The shallow near-shore temperature was 76°F. Even though the results were acceptable at the time of monitoring, algae levels can change quickly depending on waves and wind. Always take a look at water conditions before you enter the water and avoid contact with algae blooms.


Lake Wingra

1339 Vilas Park Drive
Madison, WI


Adjacent to the zoo


Large and very popular beach on Lake Wingra. Located next to Zoo. Parking, concessions, restrooms available. At this beach, large numbers of waterfowl may create conditions that are harmful to your health and could result in temporarily closing the beach.

Water Quality Monitoring:



  • Drinking Water
  • Parking Lot
  • Picnic Tables

Safety Information

  • Swim Ropes: Yes
  • Lifeguard: No
Image: Vilas - beach is open