Bradford

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Located along Lake Michigan, Bradford Beach is one of Milwaukee’s top destinations on a hot summer day. There’s plenty to do with volleyball courts, open green space, surfing, and swimming. If you’re feeling hungry grab a bite at MooSa’s Snack Bar or a drink to cool off from one of the three tiki bars on the beach. Washrooms are available. The beach is wheelchair accessible. The beach is open from 6am to 10pm. Pets are welcome on the north end of the beach.

There are NO lifeguards for the 2022 season.

In the late 1920’s, the City Of Milwaukee began the construction of Lincoln Memorial Drive which resulted in the creation of Bradford beach.

Engage with Beach Ambassadors to learn more about water safety and water quality: bit.ly/3LvtQag

This beach has the Bradford Beach Buoy (B3), which is a collaborative project between the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and the City of Milwaukee Health Department. The buoy monitors water quality and weather conditions offshore from Bradford Beach in near real time. Check out the buoy data here: bradfordbuoy.com.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 29th, 2022. Milwaukee Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 29th, 2022 at 11:53 AM.
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Current Weather
23°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

Bradford is sampled weekly from May 29th to September 3th.

Source Information

Heath Units in Wisconsin test beaches from May through September. When sample results are posted on the Wisconsin Beach Health website, Milwaukee Riverkeeper updates Swim Guide.

Recreational public beaches in Wisconsin are tested May through September. High priority beaches are sampled at least five times per week. They are posted when a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli / 100 ml or when the geometric mean of samples collected over a 30-day period exceeds 126 E. coli / 100 ml. Medium priority beaches are sampled at least twice per week. Low priority beaches are sampled at least once per week. They are posted when a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli / 100 ml. All beaches will be closed if E. coli in a single sample exceeds 1,000 / 100 ml.

In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency has two sets of recommendations for freshwater and marine beaches. A single sample at a freshwater beach should not exceed 235 E. coli / 100 ml of water. A single sample at a marine beach should not exceed 104 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a freshwater beach should not exceed 126 E. coli / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a marine beach should not exceed 35 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. States may choose to use this standard or they may substitute a standard that is "as protective as" the EPA's recommendation. The Beach Act is the nation's primary beach protection law.

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Bradford

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 29th, 2022. Milwaukee Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 29th, 2022 at 11:53 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
23°C
Clear and sunny

Located along Lake Michigan, Bradford Beach is one of Milwaukee’s top destinations on a hot summer day. There’s plenty to do with volleyball courts, open green space, surfing, and swimming. If you’re feeling hungry grab a bite at MooSa’s Snack Bar or a drink to cool off from one of the three tiki bars on the beach. Washrooms are available. The beach is wheelchair accessible. The beach is open from 6am to 10pm. Pets are welcome on the north end of the beach.

There are NO lifeguards for the 2022 season.

In the late 1920’s, the City Of Milwaukee began the construction of Lincoln Memorial Drive which resulted in the creation of Bradford beach.

Engage with Beach Ambassadors to learn more about water safety and water quality: bit.ly/3LvtQag

This beach has the Bradford Beach Buoy (B3), which is a collaborative project between the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and the City of Milwaukee Health Department. The buoy monitors water quality and weather conditions offshore from Bradford Beach in near real time. Check out the buoy data here: bradfordbuoy.com.

Monitoring Frequency

Bradford is sampled weekly from May 29th to September 3th.

Source Information

Heath Units in Wisconsin test beaches from May through September. When sample results are posted on the Wisconsin Beach Health website, Milwaukee Riverkeeper updates Swim Guide.

Recreational public beaches in Wisconsin are tested May through September. High priority beaches are sampled at least five times per week. They are posted when a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli / 100 ml or when the geometric mean of samples collected over a 30-day period exceeds 126 E. coli / 100 ml. Medium priority beaches are sampled at least twice per week. Low priority beaches are sampled at least once per week. They are posted when a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli / 100 ml. All beaches will be closed if E. coli in a single sample exceeds 1,000 / 100 ml.

In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency has two sets of recommendations for freshwater and marine beaches. A single sample at a freshwater beach should not exceed 235 E. coli / 100 ml of water. A single sample at a marine beach should not exceed 104 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a freshwater beach should not exceed 126 E. coli / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a marine beach should not exceed 35 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. States may choose to use this standard or they may substitute a standard that is "as protective as" the EPA's recommendation. The Beach Act is the nation's primary beach protection law.

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Water Quality Graph

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