Muskego, Wisconsin
Location of Muskego in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
Location of Muskego in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 42°54′4.45″N 88°7′28.7″W / 42.9012361°N 88.124639°W / 42.9012361; -88.124639Coordinates: 42°54′4.45″N 88°7′28.7″W / 42.9012361°N 88.124639°W / 42.9012361; -88.124639
Country United States
State Wisconsin
 • MayorRick Petfalski
 • City35.97 sq mi (93.17 km2)
 • Land31.60 sq mi (81.85 km2)
 • Water4.37 sq mi (11.32 km2)
815.90 ft (244 m)
 • City24,135
 • Estimate 
 • Density795.13/sq mi (307.00/km2)
 • Metro
Part of Metro Milwaukee
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (Central)
Postal Code
Area code(s)414, 262
FIPS code55-55275[4]
GNIS feature ID1570056[5]

Muskego (/mʌsˈkiɡ/) is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 24,135.[4] Muskego is the fifth largest community in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Muskego has a large Norwegian population. The name Muskego is derived from the Potawatomi Indian name for the area, "Mus-kee-Guaac",[6] meaning sunfish. The Potawatomi were the original inhabitants of Muskego.[7] There are three lakes within the city's boundaries.


The history of Muskego started originally as the home of the Potawatomi, who named it "Mus-kee-Guaac", which means "sunfish". The first European came in 1827 and a few years later (1833), the Potawatomi tribe ceded their lands in Wisconsin to the United States government. The first permanent settlers, coming from New Hampshire, were the Luther Parker family.[8]

Once an agricultural area, Muskego was incorporated as a city in 1964. When it became a city it included the unincorporated communities of Tess Corners and Durham Hill. With an increase in housing developments in the city, it has become a bedroom community for Milwaukee.

Muskego Beach Amusement Park

Muskego Beach Amusement Park (1861–1967),[9] later known as DandiLion Park[10] (1968–1977),[9] was a popular amusement park located on the southern bank of Little Muskego Lake. It was at some point home of the world's fastest roller coaster.[citation needed]

Charles Rose, operator of Wisconsin State Fair Park purchased Muskego Beach Amusement Park from Mrs. William Boszhardt in 1944. After World War II, he reopened it. The park included rides, games of chance, and was a venue for musical bands. Charles Rose died in 1963 and five years later, Willard Masterson purchased the park. He renamed it "DandiLion Park" and added more amusement rides, including the Tailspin roller coaster. In 1974, an eleven-year-old boy fell from the Ferris wheel and died.[11]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.98 square miles (93.19 km2), of which, 31.60 square miles (81.84 km2) is land and 4.38 square miles (11.34 km2) is water.[12]

Muskego contains three lakes within its borders: Big Muskego Lake, Little Muskego Lake, and Lake Denoon.

Big Muskego Lake is a shallow 2,260-acre (9.1 km2) flow-through lake in south-central Muskego. Most of the lake is less than four feet deep with a generally organic or muck bottom. Big Muskego Lake is fringed with cattail-dominated wetlands and encompasses numerous islands of cattail marsh. Bass Bay is a 110-acre (0.45 km2) connected embayment of Big Muskego Lake that has a deeper basin typical of other glacially formed kettle lakes in the region. Bass Bay has a maximum depth of 23 feet (7.0 m) and has a bottom substrate of predominantly muck with some isolated sandy shoreline areas.

Little Muskego Lake is a 506-acre (2.05 km2) flow-through lake with extensive shallow margins and a single deep basin. Located in the northwestern quadrant of the city, the lake has a maximum depth of 65 feet (20 m) and averages 14 feet (4.3 m) deep. The bottom substrate predominantly consists of silt or muck. Residents and visitors to Little Muskego Lake enjoy a variety of lake-related recreational activities, including boating, skiing, sailing, and fishing. The Muskego Waterbugs perform a water ski show in front of Idle Isle Park each Wednesday evening throughout the summer. The lake contains many fish species including: largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, and several panfish species. Most of the shores of Little Muskego Lake are developed with residential housing.

Lake Denoon is a 162-acre (0.66 km2) lake in the southwestern portion of the city and is also partially located in the Town of Norway, Wisconsin. The lake has a glacially formed kettle basin that reaches a maximum depth of 55 feet (17 m) with bottom substrates varying from sands and gravel to muck. An outlet stream on the south end drains to Ke-Nong-Go-Mong (Long) Lake in Racine County. A cattail island and an extent of cattail shoreline are found on the lake's west end. The remaining lakeshore is mostly developed with residential housing.[13]

A plan to drain the lakes, which were described as a stagnant nuisance, was proposed in 1854.[14]


Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
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Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)25,127[3]4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[16]

Muskego is the fifth largest place in Waukesha County, after City of Waukesha, City of New Berlin, City of Brookfield, and Town of Menomonee Falls, based on 2010 and estimated 2019 population.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $64,247, and the median income for a family was $69,722. Males had a median income of $49,386 versus $30,714 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,199. About 1.0% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 24,135 people, 9,068 households, and 7,011 families residing in the city. The population density was 763.8 inhabitants per square mile (294.9/km2). There were 9,431 housing units at an average density of 298.4 per square mile (115.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.2% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 9,068 households, of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.6% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.7% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 42.4 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.3% were from 25 to 44; 32.4% were from 45 to 64; and 12.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.


The first Mayor of the city was Jerome Gottfried, elected in 1964. He was followed by Donald Wieselmann, Wayne Salentine, David DeAngelis, Mark Slocomb, Charles Damaske, John Johnson, Kathy Chiaverotti and Rick Petfalski.

Muskego is served by the Tess Corners Fire Department, a volunteer fire department.[17]


Public schools: Muskego-Norway School District:

Parochial schools:

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Topographical map of Wisconsin Territory, 1837 (Morrison). Wisconsin's Water Library: Great Lake Maps. Accessed October 18, 2010.
  7. ^ Muskego, WI. Chamber of Commerce
  8. ^ "Muskego History, Muskego WI Museums - Town Square Publications".
  9. ^ a b RollerCoaster Database
  10. ^ Muskego Historical Society
  11. ^ Milwaukee Sentinel July 18, 1974
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  13. ^ "City of Muskego Planning Division". Archived from the original on 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
  14. ^ "Draining of the Muskego Lake". Milwaukee Daily Sentinel. February 7, 1854. p. 2. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via open access
  15. ^ "NASA Earth Observations Data Set Index". NASA. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  17. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2010-02-04.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1909,' Biographical Sketch of Henry Lockney, pg. 1105
  19. ^ Muskego Historical Society-Luther Parker
  20. ^ 'Muskego resident, former Obama cyber security chief Schmidt dies at 67, Milwaukee Sentinel Journal, March 2, 2017
  21. ^ Rep. Chuck Wichgers