6 Best Parks for Picnics (+Fishing, Swimming, & Hiking!) in Whitewater, WI

August 22, 2019

If you’re looking to do something outdoors for lunch with family, friends, or your significant other, you could throw a stone and hit a park in the Whitewater, WI area. With over 20 to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to the best 6 parks for picnics inside and outside of town, with many also offering space to fish, swim, and hike.

Parks In Town

1.Cravath Lakefront Park
341 S Fremont St.

Whitewater, WI

With a paved path along the water’s edge, weeping Willows, a fountain, and a gazebo, this well-manicured and wonderfully maintained park offers beauty all around you. Lay a picnic blanket down in the grass or enjoy your lunch next to your favorite person on one of the many park benches. Have a little extra time? Bring your fishing pole and throw a line in off the dock.

2. Starin Park
504 W Starin Rd.

Whitewater, WI

Chosen for its vastness, Starin Park offers space for all activities imaginable. With pavilions for community gatherings, athletic fields, numerous picnic areas, and a playground, this park is a perfect afternoon outing spot. Relax in the shade under the trees or soak up the sun and watch the clouds roll by.

3. UW Whitewater Nature Preserve
Just off of Fremont St. on Schwager Dr.

Whitewater, WI

This gorgeous park of prairie and oak is a breathtaking spot for a picnic and a quick hike. Throw your blanket down in one of the mowed areas of the preserve and you’ll immediately feel immersed in nature even with the university just across the street. The UW Whitewater Nature Preserve offers peace and quiet to reset you for the rest of your afternoon.

Parks Outside of Town in the Kettle Moraine State Forest
Note: You are required to purchase a State Park Pass for your car. Grab one from the ranger station on your way in.

4. Rice Lake Park
Just off of Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr. on State Park Dr.

Whitewater, WI

Similar to Starin Park, Rice Lake Park offers plenty of space for large picnics/events and features a playground for the kids to enjoy. Picnic under the trees or pavilion, at a picnic table, or on the shore of Rice Lake. It’s the perfect spot to indulge in wildlife sitings and the beauty of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Bring your boat, kayak, or canoe and explore the lake further!

5. Whitewater Lake Public Beach and Picnic Area
Off of Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr.
Whitewater, WI

Always bustling, Whitewater Lake Public Beach is a fun spot for picnics with the family with a lot of space for kids to run around and play in the sand or water. This park provides grills for cookouts, and if you seek a moment of peace, mosey along the paved path that follows the shore of Whitewater Lake to the marina or bring your fishing pole to throw a line in off one of the piers.

6. Dr. O.R. Rice Memorial Picnic Area
Off of Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr.

Whitewater, WI

Right in the heart of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, you can picnic on a peninsula of oaks with a stunning view of Rice Lake. Often quiet during lunch hours, it’s the best spot for fishing, swimming, launching in your kayaks, good conversation, and relaxation. You’re sure to feel miles away from the city and fully immersed in Whitewater’s natural world.