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

2023 Highlights 

  • Purchased 1,000+ native plant plugs and the mulch and equipment need to install them 
  • Recruited volunteers to help with spring plantings, pathway gravel installation, and bi-weekly stewardship Thursday to help combat invasives.  
  • Raise funds to pay for three new picnic tables. 
  • Awarded a Greater Milwaukee Foundation grant to fund a 2024 seasonal Park Educator and Intern 
  • In partnership with Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, funded new plant signage (to be installed seasonally) and an educational showing of Schlitz Audubon’s Eagle & Friends programing.   
  • Successfully hosted the second annual Brunch on the Beach 
  • Successfully hosted the first annual Wild Flower Festival.  
  • Sponsored Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile for a second year.  


2024 Plans 

  • Add Vault Toilet systems to north and south entrances of the park $120,000 each 
  • Add gravel and seating to improve kid’s prairie area $5,000 
  • Replace circulators to prevent ice at marina (3 plus a spare) $4,228 
  • Add plants to the new native bed which provides food and shelter to birds $2,900 
  • Matching funds for a prescribed burn to manage prairies $2,500 
  • Matching funds for a DNR Incentive Grant, which promotes education in the park $700 
  • Install signage to education visitors on the park solitary bee houses 

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

Flowers at LSP with the Milwaukee skyline in the background