Imagine gazing across a gently rippling body of water knowing good times lie ahead. The Green Lake area boasts friendly faces, satisfying meals, treasured shops, and an array of activities, indoors and out. Here then, is your guide.


Downtown Berlin
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Nestled along the Fox River, Berlin will truly afford you ample opportunities to relax and refresh in a community that cares you’re here. Whether your interests are golf, riding the Mascoutin Trail from Berlin to Ripon, camping along the Fox River, a family day at the Berlin Aquatic Center, or walking along the Riverside Park river trail, you will find Berlin is a great place to live, work, and play.

Concerts in the Park

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

If you are longing for fun and easy summer gatherings each week, Wednesday night just became your favorite evening! Head to Concerts in the Park, sponsored by the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce, on the Starlight Stage in Deacon Mills Park, at 499 South Street in Green Lake.

Cookie Daze

Cookie Monster
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Cookies! Cookies for everyone! Cookie Daze, held annually in Ripon, is known for its cookies and so much more. This year, the event is Saturday, August 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Barlow Park, off County Road E.

Dickens of a Christmas

Christmas Trees
Photograph provided by Ripon Chamber of Commerce

There’s nothing quite like discovering the magic of the holidays with a multiday Christmas festival! Step into a winter wonderland of activities as Ripon hosts its 28th annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration from Friday, December 7, to Sunday, December 9.

Four Seasons on Big Green Lake

Green Lake dock and fishermen
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Whether you’re a year-long or summer resident, or just taking a family trip, anyone who has been in Green Lake for any period of time has a story to tell. Many of these tales involve the laughs shared and memories gained at Big Green Lake. It may be the biggest fish you caught while out on the waves with your grandpa or successfully making it around the lake for the first time on water skis. Maybe you and your friends took pictures of your best poses as you jumped into the glistening blue water. Perhaps it’s even sharing your day ice skating on Big Green Lake as you and your family warmed up around a roaring fire later that night. There’s no shortage of fun on the lake, and what’s more, you can explore these opportunities all year round, as Green Lake is a four-season destination!

From the Land

Photograph provided by From The Land

It was back to normal for last year’s From the Land event. Saturday was a gorgeous, balmy fall day while Sunday became a challenge with an all-day drizzle. Even with the dreary weather, artists that didn’t do well on Saturday had good sales on Sunday. It confirmed what my friend Ray Jenner, who sold high-end antique gold pocket watches, told me years ago—on rainy days, true connoisseurs still go out and sales are brisk. This statement has proven to be true more than once.

Great Golf is Par for the Course


The Green Lake area has been known by golfers since 1896, when Tuscumbia, Wisconsin’s oldest course, was founded. Today, golfers know that the region offers some of the best golfing in the country, and several days can be invested as they make the rounds.

Green Lake

Green Lake Beach
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Green Lake is one of Wisconsin’s best-kept secrets when it comes to vacation spots, and it’s home to many activities, events, and sights to keep the whole family entertained.

Green Lake Area Animal Shelter: Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z Headline Woodstock July 20!

Animal Shelter
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Popular, energetic variety band Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z will headline Woofstock the evening of July 20 at Deacon Mills Park. Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z features a three-piece horn section and caters to all tastes in music. Woofstock is one of several fundraisers for the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter (GLAAS). The event will include games, watersports, food, and drinks for all ages.

Green Lake Area Bike Adventures

Bikers on Path
Photograph provided by Green Lake Greenways

Enjoy quaint towns and rural landscapes as you bike the road routes and trails of the Green Lake area. From casual touring around towns to rail trails to looping Big Green Lake, there is something for everyone!

Green Lake Conference Center

Green Lake Conference Center tower
Photograph by Charles Dunning,

Victor and Jessie Lawson founded and developed the estate now known as Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC) in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a farm. Much of their European-inspired architecture remains today. The farm became a luxurious country club in the 1920s. In 1943, Northern Baptists purchased the estate for training and conferences.

Green Lake Conservancy

Campers learn paddling skills while navigating around Norwegian Bay.
Photograph provided by Green Lake Conservancy

Greetings to you and yours on behalf of the Green Lake Conservancy. We hope this letter finds you well and coming out of winter hibernation to a bright spring and summer. We have been abuzz for the last several months working on our biggest outreach and land acquisition project to date, and hope to keep everyone in the loop and engaged in the action.

Green Lake County Fair

Photograph by John Triller

Welcome to Green Lake County and “the best little fair around.” The 2018 Green Lake County Fair takes place August 2 to 5, and will hold many special activities and events.

Green Lake Festival of Music

Spektral Quartet
Photograph provided by Green Lake Festival of Music

We’re doing it again! In 2018, the Green Lake Festival of Music will not charge for concert tickets! Our world-class performances are far from free, so we ask people to give what they can. At the same time, we’re immensely grateful to generous concert sponsors and donors at all levels and celebrate them throughout the season.

Green Lake Fine Arts Show

Art Show
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

The Green Lake Fine Art Show draws artists and art lovers together in a beautiful, picturesque setting. August 11 and 12, its 46th year, will be no different. A renowned juried show, it’s one of the Midwest’s best because of the effort put in to maintaining the quality and diversity of the show. Since the vendor switchover rate is 40 percent, the show is different every year. And each piece of work is of original design and execution by the artist exhibiting. All artists’ works are for purchase.

Green Lake Greenways

Bike Path
Photograph provided by Green Lake Greenways

Green Lake Greenways is a nonprofit volunteer citizens’ advocacy organization founded in 2008. The organization’s mission is to facilitate the development of a regional network of trails and greenways to preserve the natural beauty of the area and advocate, educate, and encourage on behalf of safe biking and walking.

Green Lake Tours and the J. Lawson

J. Lawson
Photography by Steve Sampson

It’s been 45 years since a traditionally styled tour boat has been on Green Lake, but the count ended when Green Lake Tours, part of Pierless Boat Rentals, brought on the 50-foot, down-east-style J. Lawson . The J. Lawson , built for the U.S. Navy in 1987, brings back the aesthetics of the boats gracing the waters of Green Lake a hundred years ago.

Green Team Celebrating 10 Years

Green Lake students participating in Earth Day Cleanup along Silver Creek
Photograph provided by Green Team

Calling all Green Lake and nature enthusiasts: Green Team is ready to embark on another year of free, fun-filled, educational activities. Are you?

Got a Sweet Tooth? Satisfy it at Guth’s!

Guth’s popcorn
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Every resort community needs a quality chocolatier for those with a sweet tooth who like to indulge on vacation. A family business since 1921, Guth’s Candy opened in a corner suite of the Green Lake marina building near Deacon Mills Park in 2013. In 2016, they relocated to the storefront at 509 Mill Street (ironically the former coffee, tea, and gift shop called Sugar Lips).

Hamilton’s Ladies Apparel

Hamilton’s merchandise
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

When you shop at Hamilton’s Ladies Apparel in Berlin or Hamilton’s in Ripon, you not only support a small business in the heart of America, you will also experience the expertise that comes from a five-generation family of retailers. Owner Faye Gelhar’s trained eyed developed as she grew up in the Hamilton family and then was reinforced while she was at fashion design school in Lucerne, Switzerland. She and her able staff carry on the tradition of offering personalized service as they help you find special gifts and the perfect items for your wardrobe. An alteration service is available, as are special orders.

Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

One of the best small-town parties in Wisconsin is about to go all out as Green Lake’s Harvest Fest, sponsored by the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, turns 30! On September 29 and 30, you can enjoy two days of family-friendly activities, feasting, and neighborly fun for all ages.

Cover Artist: John Ribble

Photograph provided by John Ribble

From my earliest memory the idea of drawing and painting seemed as inevitable as breathing. I grew up in the urban and historical settings of Philadelphia, but my family took annual trips to visit relatives—farmers in Indiana—and summer camp at Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York state. These visits to beautiful, natural, and rural settings combined with exposure to historical places on the east coast made an early profound and lasting impression on my imagination.


Kids in the lake
Photograph by Jacklyn Ewardt

We’re not part of the urban sprawl and shopping malls; we’re something the big cities and suburbs want. Markesan offers true community living for everyone. With state-of-the-art education facilities and Markesan Resident Home, Barrett House, and Samuel’s Grove for senior citizens, families here make homes that last a lifetime.


Downtown Montello
Photograph by Matthew Faltz Photography

When in the area, a visit to Montello is a must! Located just minutes west of Princeton on Highway 23, Montello offers an array of shopping, services, and natural beauty. Unique craft and gift stores, an-old fashioned candy and ice cream store, the vintage family-friendly movie theatre, and cafés, pubs, and supper clubs all fill the historic downtown district in addition to such amenities as a pharmacy, grocer, hardware store, sporting goods store, golf course, massage studio, bookstore, bank, auto repair shop, realtors, and so much more.


Princeton Downtown
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Nestled on the banks of the Fox River, Princeton is a hidden treasure full of abundant natural resources, shops, restaurants, the state’s largest outdoor flea market, and more. The area is a haven for those looking to relax and unwind in a pleasant, peaceful, small-town environment.


Downtown Ripon
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Experience Ripon—this isn’t just a message for nature enthusiasts who want to surround themselves with acres of parks, trails, rivers, and lakes. Ripon has long been a friendly destination energized by community celebrations, eclectic shops, tasty cuisine, and historic character. All who visit feel welcome by the city’s charm and natural beauty.

Ripon College

Ripon College
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Ripon College remains rooted in the liberal arts, yet continues to evolve as it provides for the 21st-century needs of its students.

Experience the Magic of Live Performance in a Cool Historic Venue

Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake holds true to its original purpose as a gathering place for the community. Built in 1910, the opera house remains a symbol of the history that has already passed through Green Lake, and since its extensive remodeling and grand reopening in the summer of 1998, it serves as a ready participant in the history that is yet to come.


Twister store merchandise
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Princeton offers robust shopping with a cluster of unique shops, comfortable restaurants, and intriguing boutiques. Saunter into Twister and you’re instantly beguiled by the fresh scent of the store’s coffee bar. Grab a cup of coffee, cappuccino, or Earl Grey tea and start exploring.

Back from the Brink of Extinction: The Princeton Whooping Crane Festival

Whooping Crane
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

There was a time in the 1940s that there remained only 15 of one of world’s most beautiful and majestic birds. Since then, a number of organizations have been working together to bring the endangered whooping cranes back from the brink of extinction.

Spicing up Green Lake: Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff

Wisconsin State Chili winners
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Imagine heading into a community for family vacation and being met with the savory and delightful scent of spices wafting over the light breeze of the lake. While chili is a delicious and cozy dish to cook on a blustery fall day, it can also bring out the competitive side in those who love to make it.