Coast Guard station MILWAUKEE

Ninth District

2420 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53207
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Established in 1867, the mission of Coast Guard Station Milwaukee includes Search and Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Boating Safety, and security for special marine events in the area. Some of the typical job assignments at CG Station Milwaukee include: Radio Watch Stander, Boat Crew member, Ice Rescue, and Boat Engineer. Approximately, 18 service members are currently assigned to  USCG Station Milwaukee. 

On average, CG Station Milwaukee conducts 120 search and rescue operations each year. Covering 34 nautical miles of shoreline and continuing 26 miles offshore, Station Milwaukee is responsible for Lake Michigan from Wind Point, WI to just south of Port Washington, WI to the center of the lake. CG Station Milwaukee is located in Milwaukee Bay on the western shore of Lake Michigan.


Originally operated as “Life Saving Station No. 10”, CG Station Milwaukee was created for the volunteers of the Life Saving Service. At the time, it was the largest station in the District. Later, it was relocated to Jones Island, where it remained for nearly 30 years. A new station was completed in McKinley Park on April 17, 1916 after Congress’ creation of the Coast Guard on January 15, 1915.


Over the years, the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired three-story building underwent several remodeling projects and also survived a small fire. Sometime between 1970 and 1971, the Station was abandoned. A new building was constructed, which is the Station that stands today and is co-operated with Sector Lake Michigan.


Download the Unit Overview sheet (PDF) and the Unit Information sheet (PDF) for more information about CG Station Milwaukee.



Personnel may report up to 2200 hours without any advance notice. If you plan to report later than that, please notify the Station of your estimated time of arrival or spend a night in a hotel and report the next day. You should report in wearing Tropical Blue Long and bring along ODUs (the standard work uniform) to change into afterwards.

Directions from the nearest highway:


From I-94/I43, take I-794 East towards the Lakefront. Then, take exit 3 toward the Port of Milwaukee. Turn left at South Carferry Dr. and then right at South Lincoln Memorial Drive.


The General Mitchell International Airport is located within the Milwaukee city limits and is 5.6 miles from Station Milwaukee, which is about a 10 minutes drive.


The Chicago O’Hare International Airport is 80 miles south of Milwaukee.


TRICARE Information and News


For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at


Check the US News Health directory online at to find the best doctor for your family.


The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website


Milwaukee is served by Milwaukee Public Schools, offering education to children of all ages, beginning as early as 3-years old in 165 different schools. The district also offers several charter and private schools.


To find a school, visit this page, which offers a list of all of the available schools in the area.


If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.



Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.


If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.


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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.


Child Care Aware:


Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide


Milwaukee County, WI


Child Support Services (414) 615-2593


Child Support and Parents in the Military


Health & Human Services


Wisconsin Humane Society (262) 694-4047


Sheriff’s Office (414) 278-4788


Milwaukee Public Library (414) 286-3000

Station Main Line (414) 747-7170



Officer in Charge (414) 747-7171



Executive Petty Officer (414) 747-7172



Engineering Petty Officer (414) 747-7173



No onboard quarters or barracks are available. All Station personnel, married or single, receive a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and live on the economy when they report to the Station, unless assigned to government housing. There are many suburbs outside of Milwaukee that offer housing and schools and allow for a minimal commute time to Station Milwaukee.
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This neighborhood is north of Milwaukee in Shorewood with highly rated schools.
Mount Mary
6.7 miles from Station Milwaukee
Mount Mary offers many nearby amenities, a safe neighborhood and great schools.

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Milwaukee is known for having rapidly changing weather due to its proximity to Lake Michigan. The summers are hot and humid, and the winters are cold and snowy. The warmest month is July, when the average temperature is about 71° F. The average for January is 22.3° F, which is the coldest month. Lake Michigan also produces a “lake breeze”, especially during the months of March and July.
The spring months bring most of the precipitation, and during the winter months, a moderate snow cover can be seen with typically less than 1 inch of snow on the ground. Average yearly precipitation is 33 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Milwaukee experiences all four seasons, with distinct weather changes.

The overall cost of living index for the city of Milwaukee is 89, which is 7% lower than the Wisconsin average and 11% lower than the national average. Based on the proximity of local amenities, Milwaukee has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. The median home value in Milwaukee is $115,500, which is 37% lower than the U.S. average. The average rent price for a 2-bedroom apartment in the area is $798 per month.

Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin with an estimated population of 595,351. The Milwaukee metropolitan area is the third-most densely populated metropolitan area in the midwest with an estimated population of 2,043,904 in 2014. With limitless possibilities, Milwaukee is filled with award-winning parks, miles of bike trails and endless festivals.


There are many points of interest in the Milwaukee area, including the popular Historic Third Ward located at 525 East Chicago Street, which offers all kinds of shopping, dining, performing arts and services. The Harley-Davidson Museum is open 363 days a year and celebrates the more than 100-year history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Another popular attraction is Discovery World  which is Milwaukee’s largest science museum. This amazing museum features high-tech, hands-on exhibits, aquariums and theaters, drawing in thousands of visitors each year.


Miller Park is a baseball park that is home to the Milwaukee Brewers, the city’s Major League Baseball franchise. The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory  which is also known as “the Domes” is a popular site housing a large variety of plant and bird life within the three large domes.


In addition, there are many family-friendly attractions in the area. Milwaukee County Zoo is one of the country’s finest zoological attractions, with over 3,100 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles housed in over 190 wooded acres. The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is filled with hands-on exhibits and educational activities geared towards children aged ten and under.


Milwaukee hosts a number festivals throughout the year, including the popular lakefront music festival called Summerfest. It is also known for its many well-developed parks. Milwaukee County Parks offer over 150 parks with over 15,000 acres with facilities for picnics, grills, disc golf, and ice skating.


Visit the City of Milwaukee Visitor Bureau for more information on things to do in the Milwaukee area.

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