Cooler By The Lake:
Experience The Beaches of Northeast Wisconsin

“Soak up the sun. Feel the breeze. Build sandcastles. Rest, relax, reflect. No shoes required.”

You may have heard the saying cooler by the lake, and we think that is a good thing.  Escape the heat, the hustle and bustle, and the crowds at one of our many Lake Michigan beaches. Bring a book, a bucket, or a beach towel.

When the beach is calling and you must go, take Scenic HWY 42 through Northeast Wisconsin and enjoy!

Blue Rail Beach, Manitowoc WI

Blue Rail Beach

Rail Beach provides more opportunity to enjoy the coast.

This 4.17 acre park directly adjacent to the Manitowoc Marina contains a shelter and an off-street parking lot, along with access to the highly popular Mariner’s Trail.


Neshotah Beach

A beautiful 50 acre groomed sand beach on Lake Michigan with areas for swimming, volleyball, and launching jet skis and kayaks.

The Beach House is home to a bathhouse/changing area, restrooms and a concession stand.

Neshotah also has a softball field, volleyball and basketball courts, playgrounds, the Rawley Point bike trail, horseshoe pits, four shelters, and picnic areas with tables and grills..

From Manitowoc: Take HWY 42 north and go past the Lighthouse Inn on Lake Michigan. Cross the bridge and take the first right onto East River St. then left one Jefferson St.  Turn right on 17th St. then left on Zlatnik Dr. until you reach the beach.

From Algoma: Take HWY 42 south to 22nd St. in Two Rivers. Turn left on 22nd St. then right on Pierce St.  Take Pierce St. to  Zlatnik Dr. Turn left on Zlatnik Dr.

Neshotah beach

Selner Park Beach

Located at the end of Lake Street in Kewaunee, this park offers the best view view of Lake Michigan, the pier and lighthouse and is frequently used by artists for inspiration.

The park offers benches, picnic tables, grills, playground equipment, and a drinking fountain.

Directions: Take HWy 42  to Kewaunee.  Turn east on Kilbourn St.

Crescent Beach & Boardwalk

Enjoy the Lake Michigan Shorelinwith a walk along Algoma’s award-winning boardwalk. Connecting the Algoma Visitor Center to the Algoma Marina, the ½-mile boardwalk is handicap accessible on both ends.

From stunning sunrises to hot sand between your toes, the lakeshore is the perfect place to spend the day. Cool off on sandy Crescent Beach

Play volleyball, launch your kayak or just dip your toes in refreshing Lake Michigan.

Winter offers its own beauty with the ice shelves, the sun sparkling on the blue water and look up and you just may catch a glimpse of the eagles that nest nearby.

Capture the Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse in all its red glory from anywhere on the beach. It makes the perfect backdrop for your photos.

Directions: Take HWY 42 right to the center of Algoma.

Scenic HWY 42 Communities


Two Rivers

A community defined by water where the scenic East & West Twin Rivers meet at a sandy point extending into Lake Michigan.



Experience some of the best fishing on Lake Michigan, take a stroll through the Marquette Historic District, or relax on the beach.



Reel in the big one on Lake Michigan, stroll the sand beach & boardwalk, or relax with a glass of wine after a day of shopping.

Worth the time.  Enjoy the view.  Take the drive, on 42.