The Friends of Lakeshore State Park (FLSP) help raise funds and recruit volunteers to enhance visitor experiences at the Park. The Friends take on projects of all sizes and types. If interested in contributing through volunteering or donation, please contact usbecome a member, or donate

2022 Highlights

Collaborating with the DNR, FLSP helped complete several key projects through to the generosity of donors, grants, and work of volunteers.

  • Purchased 4,500 + native plant plugs & recruited volunteers to plant them

  • Raised funds to pay for three new picnic tables and facilitated addition of two other benches and table; raised funds to pay for bike racks

  • Awarded a Greater Milwaukee Foundation grant to fund a seasonal Park Educator for 2023

  • Raised funds to pay for paint supplies and helped recruit Northwestern Mutual volunteers to paint the harbor railing along the south end of the park

  • Completed the second year of environmentally safe goose mitigation resulting in year-over-year drop of goose population, and cleaner paths

2023 Plans

FLSP is helping facilitate several key projects this year and is seeking needed funding where indicated:

  • Replace circulators to prevent ice at marina (3 plus a spare) $4,228

  • Add gravel to improve park paths in the prairies $500

  • Add more native plants to the prairies $2,500

  • Matching funds for a prescribed burn to manage prairies $2,500

  • Matching funds for a DNR incentive grant for plant signage $700

  • Solitary bee habitat using UWM Peck School of the Arts student designed “beeminiums” (funding has been sourced through donations)

Future Plans

The Friends of Lakeshore State Park have embarked on a plan to design and build a new Visitor and Education Center. With more than 480,000 visitors and 125 learning programs each year, the Park acts as a hub for Great Lakes and freshwater education, and hosts multiple cultural and charity events for the community.

The Center will enhance and strengthen Lakeshore State Park as a place for every member of the community. Its sleek, modern design at a modest 2,500 square feet will have a 360-degree view of the lake for all to embrace. For more information about the project, please email

New Building Rendering