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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Aug 17, 2017
lucky you, I got nada
by: LA Tatnall

Great finds! I spent an hour here the day after a storm and found nothing. Not even one piece. Very disappointing. Do you have advice on when the best time to look is? thanks

Apr 13, 2016
Lake Bluff, IL
by: Anonymous

I recently visited a beach in Pleasant Prairie, WI (just south of Kenosha), and only found a handful of glass, while picking up trash on the shoreline.

One of those pieces was a yellow piece, a color I have never seen before, so it was worth the trip!

I usually hit the beaches in northern IL and have found a whole fishbowl full of glass from those beaches.

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??

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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