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Bender Park in Oak Creek

Activities: Birding, Canoeing/Kayaking, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking


Located on Lake Michigan at the east end of Ryan Road. 303 acres of lush beech woodlands, abandoned orchards, and prairie grasslands with wide-open vistas on top of steep bluffs overlooking the lake. A hiking trail, a stop on Milwaukee County’s Forked Aster Trail System, winds throughout the park.


The combination of diverse habitats and proximity to Lake Michigan make this park a birding hotspot, as identified by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology program. 180 species of birds recorded.


Most of the lakeshore is buttressed with rip-rap, except for a tiny beach nestled against a small marina. The only amenities are a boat ramp and restrooms at the marina. Canoeing or kayaking on Lake Michigan is possible for hardy, experienced paddlers.



For a Milwaukee County Parks trail map click here.


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4503 E. Ryan Rd.
53154, Oak Creek, WI, US