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, the quaint city of Berlin awaits with ample opportunities to relax, refresh, and enjoy life in a community that genuinely appreciates your presence. Whether you’re looking for luxurious green golf courses, a picturesque ride along the Mascoutin Trail, a fun-filled family day at the Berlin Aquatic Center, or a place to embrace adventure along the bank of the Fox River, Berlin is the ideal place to live, work, relax, and play.

Cookie Daze: Tradition has Never Tasted so Sweet

Cookie Monster and kids
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Made up of a series of small towns, the Green Lake area has no shortage of activities and events during the summer months.

Cycling Through the Green Lake Area

Bikers on road
Photograph by Joe Koepnich

Biking is unique because it’s not just a sport for those who want a relaxed exercise with scenic, wide-open spaces to ride, it’s for those who want to race against the wind alone or with other hardcore cyclists. It’s for families looking for an outing that gets their kids away from the TV and computer just long enough to bond in nature. It’s all of these things and more. A sport so unlike any other that it’s gaining traction everywhere you visit. Cyclist-friendly roads are popping up all over. Biking lanes are being added to construction projects. Law enforcement is being better trained to look out for the safety of bike riders on the road with other vehicles and motorcycles.

Cover Artist: Diane Washa

Photograph provided by Diane Washa

Artist Diane Washa is an award-winning painter who takes inspiration from the changing landscapes she has had in view since road trips with her family as a child. Diane creates paintings in an intriguingly abstract style that is rich in detail. She most often works en plein air.

Dickens of a Christmas

Christmas Windows
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

There’s nothing more magical than a small town getting ready for the winter holidays. Swoop back to the time of Charles Dickens and head to Ripon as they celebrate their 30th annual Dickens of a Christmas from Friday, December 6, to Sunday, December 8. One of the most well-known Christmas events in the area, Dickens of a Christmas never ceases to amaze and continues to get bigger and better each year.

From the Land: Folk Art Festival

Grumpy Old Men
Photograph provided by From The Land

Plan a day trip with your friends and family to the 19th annual From The Land Folk Art Festival in Green Lake on Saturday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Sunday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy the scenic drive and fall colors to shop at approximately 100 artist tents. There will be clothing, jewelry, purses, pottery, candles, felted items, yarn, folk art painting, wood carving, nature photography, metal sculpture, and many other items. The show is held rain or shine.

Fun at Big Green Lake Year-Round

Green Lake
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Not many small communities can boast they have something for visitors year-round. This, however, is very true for Green Lake. Residents don’t even have to try to ensure their go-to attraction is ready for action every season. It just naturally prepares itself for any day of the year.

It's a Golfer's Paradise

Photograph by Lara Roehl

The Green Lake region has been a popular golfer’s paradise for generations. Multiple challenging courses attract players who stay and play more than one, enjoying some of the best golf in the country.

The Goose Blind Grill & Bar

Goose Blind burger
Photograph provided by Goose Blind Grill & Bar

Throughout Wisconsin, local bars and restaurants make an effort to be involved in their communities. The sense of gratitude these establishments show toward their customers comes across as authentic and heartfelt through meaningful contributions to the places they call home. Goose Blind Grill & Bar is definitely one of those restaurants, but it also does something a little subtle that, if you’re not a regular, you might’ve missed.

Green Lake

Green Lake boats
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

With all that Green Lake offers, visiting Green Lake easily becomes visiting the good life. With miles of shoreline, stunning sunsets, events, and activities year-around, we know your entire family will always have something to enjoy!

Enhancing the Lives of Animals and People Through Education, Adoption, and Compassion

Pet from Animal Shelter
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

The vision of the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter (GLAAS) is a community in which all pets are considered part of the family; are provided with compassionate care, companionship, and training; and are spayed or neutered.

Supporting Clean Water Through Pillar Projects

supporting clean water
Photograph provided by Green Lake Association

In the summer of 2018, residents throughout Wisconsin awoke to the news that blue-green algae blooms rendered their lakes temporarily toxic. Green Lake was not part of this infamous list, but the same culprit fuels its weed and algae growth: phosphorus, a naturally occurring element found in eroding soil, excess fertilizer, and a host of other urban and rural sources.

Green Lake Conference Center “We got it! We got it!” – Celebrating 75 Years in 2019

Green Lake Conference Center history
Photograph provided by Green Lake Conference Center

“We got it! We got it!” Dr. Luther Wesley Smith exclaimed to James Kraft upon learning that the Northern Baptists’ offer to buy the bankrupt Lawsonia Country Club was accepted on December 7, 1943.

The Tichora Takeaway Conserving Natural Capital

Hand-dug canal by Boy Scouts that opens to Spring (Spirit) Lake.
Photograph by Thomas L. Eddy

The real estate transfer was a historical event, although the moment was anticlimactic given the no-small-feat accomplished by generous donor pledges, a WDNR grant award, and an unwavering faith that common good would prevail. For the Green Lake Conservancy’s all-volunteer land trust, the transfer meant realizing its largest land acquisition to date, Tichora Conservancy, on July 10, 2018.

Green Lake County Fair

Carnival food
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Green Lake County fairgoers can “Travel the World at the Fair” in 2019. Get ready for a holiday close to home with sights and sounds from around the world, August 1 through 4. Free admission and parking!

Green Lake Festival of Music Celebrates 40 Years of Magical Music

Photograph provided by Green Lake Festival of Music

Each summer, visitors and residents of Green Lake find its beauty enriched by the magical musical events of Green Lake Festival of Music, a celebration of classical music for the whole family.

Tradition of Excellence at Green Lake Fine Arts Show

Art Show
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Skill and imagination come to life mid-August every year at the Green Lake Fine Arts Show. Artists and art lovers will gather again August 10 and 11 to express and appreciate a variety of art forms at Playground Park in downtown Green Lake.

Explore Nature with the Green Team

paddling in kayaks
Provided by Green Lake Association

Calling Green Lake and nature enthusiasts to embark on another year of free, fun-filled activities with the Green Team!

Celebrate Autumn in Style with 31 Years of Green Lake’s Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Green Lake has been home to one of the area’s premier harvest festival events for 30 years. Once known as Green Lake’s Golden Days Harvest Fest, now dubbed simply Harvest Fest, the two-day event is heading into its 31st year with activities the whole family can enjoy.


On 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

Just minutes west of Princeton on Highway 23, a stop in Montello is a must! You’ll find an array of shopping, services, and natural beauty. Unique craft and gift stores, an old-fashioned candy and ice cream store, a vintage movie theatre, and cafés, pubs, and supper clubs fill the historic downtown district in addition to a pharmacy, grocer, hardware store, sporting goods store, golf course, massage studio, bookstore, bank, auto repair shop, realtors, and more.

Music by the Lake

Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Picture your favorite area band performing live right in front of you as you sip a cool drink in the park with your friends. The calm waters of Big Green Lake lap at the wooden pier of the Wharf only about 100 feet away from your chair. The hint of a glorious sunset plays at the lake’s horizon.


Princeton Downtown
Photograph by Gary Hannabarger

Princeton Wisconsin invites you in. With its charming local shops, its bustling antique stores, and the famous Flea Market, you can spend a day, a weekend, or a week here completely transported to small-town life bursting with appeal.


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: Offers a World or Opportunity

Ripon College
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Established in 1851, Ripon College is Wisconsin’s best-value private college and a national leader in liberal arts education. Ripon is devoted to ensuring that every student realizes his or her unique potential.

Thrasher Celebrates 20 Years of Magical Live Performances

Photograph provided by Thrasher Opera House

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 is a ready participant in the history that is yet to come.

Webster's Marketplace: Family Owned and WOWing Customers Since 1987

Webster's produce department
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Although its name is just two years old, Webster’s Marketplace has been well-established in Ripon for three decades. Opened by Rob and Kathy Webster in 1989, the former Pick ‘n Save store is now owned and operated by their daughter, Candie Baker.

Princeton Whooping Crane Festival Continues Mission to Raise Awareness of Endangered Species

Whooping Crane in car
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

You’re walking peacefully along a beautiful winding marshland trail. Wildflowers meander along the path’s edges, and a light breeze plays at the tips of the cattails. The only sounds are tiny birds singing and the slosh of your feet in the damp soil of the marsh. Suddenly, a piercing, bugle-like call breaks the silence. You go on high alert—scanning the air and holding your breath. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.

Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff

Wisconsin State Chili venue
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Green Lake is definitely the place to be all summer long, but there’s also a lot going on in the fall. While Harvest Fest may be the area’s premier event each year in late September, you won’t want to miss the fun that rolls around earlier in that same month. The spices and juicy aromas wafting throughout the town from Deacon Mills Park will draw you in.


daiseye owners
Photograph provided by daiseye

An individual’s morals have forever been an edge held by the consumer over the seller. That edge is mitigated when there’s lack of competition in the area, forcing consumers to shop in places they might fundamentally disagree with on ideas concerning best practice. This is why it’s so important to support local businesses that listen to consumers over pushing market trends. And for those who value sustainability and the preservation of our environment, historic downtown Princeton has a gem in daiseye.