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Lake Michigan Beach, Wisconsin Sea Glass Report

by Rick
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Lake Michigan Beach in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Lake Michigan Beach in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

~ By: Rick, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Report on Lake Michigan Beach in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

My name is Rick and I found this group of beach glass today May 1, 2011 at Lake Michigan Beach in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

There area about 163 pieces of which 3 pcs. are ceramic. 

This is only my fourth time doing this as I just found out about this great hobby and I am already hooked. 

It took me about 2 1/2 hours to find all of it.

I do a lot of digging in the stones to find most of my pieces. 

I understand brown is a common color but I usually do not find much of that. 

Today I found my largest piece of clear glass and it is approx.  2" long x 1 1/4" wide.

I would like to know if this is a decent find for the time that I was out there. 

Most of the pieces are small but there are a few good size pieces as well.

~ By: Rick

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Sep 06, 2014
The 50's Kenosha Shoreline
by: Karen Klaus-Salin

In the early 50's our family went to the shore of Lake Michigan while visiting in Kenosha.

All you needed was a shovel and a pail. The large shore line was full of sea glass.

I didn't take any home, now wish I would have put a couple in my pocket.

It was quite beautiful and seemed to go on forever...

I am 70 now and it has stimulated
my interest.

Guess I will have to go back and do
some hunting and gathering.

Karen, Appleton, WI

Aug 06, 2013
directions to this beach
by: Anonymous

My dad used to take me to the beach in south Milwaukee while out for a drive.

I remember getting sea glass as a child. I would love to go back.

Dec 12, 2012
Sea glass suggestions??
by: tayca9174@yahoo.com

Any suggestions for specific places to look for glass?

I'm looking for blue and brown for jewelry for my wedding and any suggestions would be helpful!

Dec 04, 2012
Beach Glass/Sea Glass
by: jim

Since I live in middle Ohio, my searches are whenever we can get to the beach.

My wife and have been collecting for years. We only get to go 2 weeks in the summer.

I just walk along and see it. I have never given the effort to dig.. great idea.

Sep 10, 2012
by: Joyce

I will be in the Kenosha area next month visiting my daughter at Carthage College. I usually hunt for sea glass in Highland Park, Illinois but I'd like to know which beaches are the best in the Kenosha/Pleasant Prairie/Racine area.


Sep 07, 2012
by: Kim

Hello all yes beach glass collecting is addicting I try and go a couple times a week I live a block away from the beach in pleasant prairie I have been collecting since March.

I have found tons of clear, green, and brown some blue, red, and aquas and pink and lots of porclin and other colors.

I plan to use my beach glass collection to make a back splash in my kitchen.

Jun 02, 2012
June 2, 2012
by: Michelle

Was out on a beach near Milwaukee, found pebble size teal/aqua, pink, green, brown as well as clear. I found all within an hour and a half. It was a great day for sea glass hunting. Yes, it is truly addicting.

Jul 03, 2011
Grant Park - Decent Day
by: Pete and Nancy

Good day with about 30 unique pieces found, some fairly large but most small. Lot's of green and brown but we did find some cobalt blue. aqua blue and one red

May 24, 2011
by: Kathy

My daughter and I just got started and we are addicted. We have been to Kenosha and Racine so far, Keep posting.

May 02, 2011
Nice find friend!
by: Anonymous

That's a nice lot of sea glass for May Day!
Thanks for sharing. It is addicting, it really is.

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Many thanks to you both for your time and insight!

I love your page. It's been a great resource in my hunting!

All Best, Amanda in Connecticut

Hi David,

I received your sea glass hearts and I LOVE them all.

Thank you so much for sending the extra hearts.

I was so touched by your thoughtfulness and I appreciate you sharing these special gifts from the sea! Hope to see more of your sea glass soon!

Thanks again,


Hi David,

Just wanted to tell you thank you for the monthly sea glass newsletter. I love it, and look forward to it.

Thanks again to you and your wife.


Hi David,

I just wanted to let you know I appreciate receiving my sea glass order so quickly.

Love the flowers, wave crest & rare pastels and the little extra surprise....you made my day!!


I am so fascinated by sea glass - I can’t believe at 70 I found a new hobby.

Thanks for the opportunity to search and read up on this!


Your site made me so happy tonight! Why?

Many happy memories swirled back into my mind when I saw your pictures. I spent my childhood on the beaches of Cape Cod and we spent many happy hours looking for sea glass."


It is a pleasure and refreshing to meet people in the sea glass community that are willing to share! I got some great tips from your site. It was wonderful not to spend my entire vacation looking for a beach. Thanks again!

Maryanne K.W.

Hi David and Lin.

Love your sea glass web site. I enjoy your picture of the month and intend on winning at least once.

I have been collecting and creating things from sea glass for over twenty years. I find my sea glass on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland Ohio.

Thank you for sharing your treasures with me. Yours truly,

Cathy Lincks

What an AWESOME site! I love reading about it, looking at all of your pictures, and planning my next vacation to the perfect beach.

Keep up the great work!


I’m a new subscriber to your newsletter and I love it!


Hi David,

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your newsletters.

I never even knew about sea glass before 2 years ago, now of course I'm hooked, love it, just love it.


Hi David and Lin - I love your website! Thank you for sharing info...


Hi David. Its Bill and Joan Laverick, Durham City, North East of England. We love reading your posts. Keep up the good work!

Bill & Joan

I soo look forward to reading your blogs.

Jacqueline Giguere

Just wanted to let you know (since you were so helpful) that I won a blue ribbon (1st place) in Gifford Middle School Science Fair in the category of Environmental Science with my topic - Effect of a Florida Tidal Inlet on Wrack Line Sea Glass Volume.

Now, I will compete in the Regional Science Fair which will take place on Feb 2nd. My mom and dad and I had a lot of fun searching for sea glass.


Mary Hyde

I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


I love your email newsletters. I am 77 and try to get "glassin" whenever anyone will take me to the beach!! :-))

P. Paul

Hi David

Just wanted to tell you thank you for the monthly sea glass newsletter. I love it, and look for ward to it.

Thanks again to you and your wife,

Judi Weber

Hi David and Lin!

I SO enjoy you newsletter! Please forward it to my sister. I've got her hooked on the beauty of sea glass!

Thanks in advance! Happy foraging.

Joan D

Hi David and Lin,

I have shared your website with my other sea glass fanatic friends over the last couple of years and they love it as much as I do.

Yours is my favourite website of all time and the very best website I've seen for everything sea glass.

I can lose myself for hours in your website. Dangerous place!

Anne O, Toronto

Thanks so much for the information.

I visited Carbon Beach today.

Very small and few people but a nice supply of glass just as you stated.



Hi Lin and David,

I have come to sea glass via my shell collecting and am finding it very addictive too. Last year I found a glass bottle stopper which was a thrill.

I really enjoy the newsletter and can easily spend an evening getting lost in the stories and comments.


Anne Cram

Just wanted to thank you for all of your helpful information.

The sea glass community is filled with people who guard their secret beaches so it is refreshing to see that there are people who are willing to share.

It's so useful for those of us that don't live near a beach and travel to find our glass.

The information posted here lets us spend more time enjoying our adventure rather than wasting time looking for a great spot

Thanks again,

Anonymous Viewer

Gee, my heart races when I hear about all these marvelous finds.

Kudos to this wonderful site and for those who share their finds.

You've got a friend in me,

Norma Myrphy

I love your site, thanks for all the wonderful info.

I'm looking forward to my new hobby and participating in your odyssey Seaglass forum.



David & Linda,

So wonderful to have crossed paths with you and thanks for sharing your expertise on sea glass along with your wonderful website.

Ann & I have caught your infectious seaglass fever! Hope to cross paths again soon.

Happy and safe traveling!

Richard C. Wong · Portland, Oregon

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