Ehlers Park


About the Park

This 7-acre property was purchased from Henry Ehler in 1951 for $1,500. This park offers over 2,200 feet of shoreline along the Milwaukee River to enjoy fishing or having a picnic with the family. This park also provides a good canoe launch and is used by snowmobile clubs during the winter.

This small wayside park is a scenic spot with lots of activities to offer. If you wish to go canoeing then start your outing here or make this your rest stop from paddling down the Milwaukee River. Ehlers Park offers boating access, picnic areas, restrooms, and fishing along the Milwaukee River.

Park Hours

6:00 am - 9:00 pm

Amenities & Recreational Features

Recreational features currently available at Ehlers Park include:
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • Off Road Parking Areas
  • Picnicking and Grilling
  • Canoe/Kayak Launch on river
  • Snowmobile Access Area
Picnic tables, grills, and accessible portable toilets are available at the park. Currently many people are using this park for nature walks, fishing and photo shoots. 


Reservations for either of the two picnic areas at Ehler's Park can be made for large group events by visiting our Reservations page.

Ehlers Park is not far from Hawthorne Hills County Golf Course and Pioneer Village, making its location ideal for all kinds of activity. For questions regarding the park, contact the Planning and Parks Department.

Ehlers Park Brochure 

Ehlers Park Map

April 2022 Ehlers Canoe Launch

Kayak & Canoe Launch

Installed 2021

Park Details & Amenities
Ehlers Park is located near the intersection of Mink Ranch Road and CTH 'W' in the Town of Saukville. This 10.9 acre park has approximately 2,200 feet of Milwaukee River shoreline. 

The park is open to the public year round, with daily hours from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is an abundant amount of open space for many leisure activities like fishing, kite flying, frisbee, or just soaking up the sun on a blanket. Dogs and cats are welcome, if on a leash and cleaned up after. 

If a quiet stroll is what you prefer, you may enjoy a nice walk along the Milwaukee River shoreline. However, you will also have to share it with the deer, birds and other wildlife that frequent the park. 

The views of Milwaukee River flora and fauna can be spectacular especially in the early morning and late afternoon hours. Picnickers can grill out on a variety of grills available through out the park. 
Why Visit?
With 2,200 feet of shoreline on the main stem of the Milwaukee River, the best way to see this park is from the water. The exposed shoreline along Ehlers Park is often used as a canoe/kayak launch or access point for several organizations and groups participating in the annual “Canoe Runs.” With the recent removal of Waubeka Dam in 2004, the Milwaukee River is now free-flowing for over 15 miles from Waubeka down to Grafton. Houses appear periodically along these canoe trips, but the setting is predominantly rural and the shoreline is mostly wooded. Waubedonia Park, up river, and Tendick Nature Preserve, down river, are great landing points for canoes. Ehlers Park is a very popular fishing and picnicking area along the Milwaukee River. The park has several grills and picnic areas. It also serves as part of the Ozaukee County Snowmobile Trail System.
Ehlers Park
Park History
Ehlers Park is one of the smallest and oldest parks in the Ozaukee County Park System. Henry Ehler, the park’s namesake, sold the approximately 10- acre property to the County in 1951 for $1,500. Since obtaining this property, the County has left it mostly undeveloped with a few exceptions. Recently, a portion of the “old” County Hwy W/ Park Road was removed and restored to natural prairie and a pedestrian trail.