Experience Lake Michigan.
Catch a wave.
Deland Park/North Beach
715 Broughton Dr.
Centrally located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Enjoy sandy beaches, ample green space and play areas, boat ramps, fish-cleaning station, pavilions and the Lakefront Trail. Restrooms available. For pavilion rental information click here.
General King Park/South Beach
1601 S. Seventh St.
More than a mile of sandy white beach and spectacular blue waters, a beautiful view of the lighthouse and South Pier. A favorite beach-side wedding venue. Children’s playground, and restrooms available. For pavilion rental information click here.
1020 Beach Park Ln.
Two miles of beach on Lake Michigan with cord-walk trails, picnic areas, campsites and nature center. State park vehicle sticker required.
3401 Calumet Dr.
Sheboygan’s warm-water beach perfect for sunbathing, paddlboarding, and splashing!
A sailing adventure is one of the most exhilarating experiences of a lifetime, and we vow never to withhold it from anyone who has the inclination to give it a try!
Learning to sail begins at the Sheboygan Youth Sailing Club where sailors of all ages and skill levels are welcome! The club provides the instructors and sailing equipment, you provide the crew and enthusiasm. It’s a fantastic way to try something different with the kids on that family vacation. And best of all, they’ll think you’re super cool!
Once you learn to sail, join U.S. Sailing Center Sheboygan. Get access to a world-class facility on one of the finest harbors on the Great Lakes. Membership offers experienced sailors free, unrestricted use of a modern, race-ready fleet of Sonar sailboats at any time other than blackout dates. Just one annual fee. No hourly rentals. It’s the perfect low-cost, time-saving alternative to private boat ownership! And it’s available to everyone! With no initiation fees, and many discounts available, membership is more affordable than ever.
If you love competitive sailing, then a trip to Sheboygan’s U.S. Sailing Center is in order. This facility is one of four US Olympic training centers in the nation, and it’s hosted many of the top match racers on the globe. Location is key to good match racing, and right off the Sheboygan shores the conditions are ripe for sailing. Remember, Lake Michigan is so big, it’s better described as an inland sea. For spectators, race conditions close to shore offer a spectacular view from the comfort of a beach chair. Of course, if you’d rather be on the edge of the action, bring your motorboat and straddle the waves outside the course line. You can almost feel the tension of the strategy while watching the sailboats jostle for position.
One of the best ways to get on the water is SUP or Stand Up Paddleboarding. Basically paddling big surfboard style boards while standing up! You can paddle any waterway with these in different conditions – inland flat water, rivers, surf and even yoga are making SUPs a multi-use water vehicle. Want to try it out? Wisconsin has one surf/SUP shop and it’s right here in Sheboygan! EOS was one of the first shops in the Midwest to embrace SUP to its fullest potential with a huge selection of boards and gear; they also offer lessons for every skill level by certified instructors. They also have an extensive rental fleet to outfit your needs.
So how do you surf Sheboygan? Lake Michigan is 310 miles long and 110 miles wide with 22,440 square miles of fresh water. It’s not a lake. It’s an inland ocean! Surfers call it the Malibu of the Midwest.
Recreational Novice Surfing
Even though the official Sheboygan surf season runs fall through spring, winds can kick into a whirling splendor any time. During the summer, novice surfers will enjoy warmer water temperatures peaking from late July through early September. Calmer waves at North Pier near Deland Park offer a serene paddle board experience or a fun-filled day of honing those balancing skills. (Remember, you will be less buoyant on the fresh waters of Lake Michigan.)
Centrally located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Sheboygan County juts out five miles into the lake. When winds of 20-25 mph blow from the northeast or west southwest, incredible, rideable waves are sculpted from the surface water. Several times a year Lake Michigan produces an open water swell of 24 feet or better. In Sheboygan, surf season starts in late August and stretches through early April. Peak surf season is mid-September to March. Winter surfing is recommended for advanced level surfers only with proper equipment. Water temperatures of 33 degrees and sub-zero wind chills with moving ice floes and icebergs create a winter adventure only seasoned knowledgeable veteran surfers will enjoy.