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.

Adam’s Rib

Fish fry plate
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

If you are looking for a dining experience with homemade dishes and a friendly atmosphere, look no further than Adam’s Rib in Green Lake. A family-owned and -run business for nearly 39 years, Adam’s Rib has secured their place in the heart of Green Lake. Purchased in 1978 as a single-room bar called Spike’s, the Adams’ changed the name to Adam’s Rib in 1984 and expanded to offer a dining room in 1988. Since that time, their commitment to quality food and a comfortable atmosphere has never wavered.

On the Hunt: Antique Treasures in Green Lake

Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Whether you're a collector or scoping out the best deals on vintage charmers, the Green Lake area offers classic antiques in the shops that line its streets. Abundant treasures await discerning visitors and residents alike.


Berlin riverview
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.

Berlin Fox Festival

Food vendor
Photograph by Hannah Kallio

The 3rd annual Berlin Fox Festival takes place at Riverside Park on Saturday, August 26. Held in Berlin's largest and most beautiful park, right along the beautiful Fox River, the celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. and continues until well after dark. It's a great way to enjoy the end of summer.

Big Green Lake Sparkling Tales

Green Lake dock
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Mention Big Green Lake to anyone in the region and stories tumble one over the other as laughter and memories are relived. As the deepest inland lake in Wisconsin, at 237 feet, aficionados proclaim Big Green Lake perfect for fishing, waterskiing, swimming, boating, and a myriad of other water sports. It's among the largest lakes in the region, spanning 7.3 miles long and 2 miles wide.

Cover Artist: Ching Kung

Photograph provided by Ching Kung

Ching Kung is the Vilas Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, emeritus, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has drawn and painted for more than 40 years, and his paintings have been exhibited at several local venues and in private collections.

Concerts in the Park

Photograph by Hannah Kallio

What's better than summer evenings relaxing at the lake with friends? A summer evening relaxing at the lake with friends and live music. Mark the dates for the Green Lake Concerts in the Park series on your calendar. The concerts are held Wednesday evenings starting June 14 and ending August 16. They take place on the Starlight Stage at Deacon Mills Park, and admission for the entire series is free for the whole family. Each concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts about two hours.

Cookie Daze

Cookie Monster
Photograph by Hannah Kallio

It’s a hands-on celebration with something for kids of all ages. This year's Ripon Cookie Daze festivities take place on Saturday, August 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Barlow Park, off County Road E in southern Ripon.

Dickens of a Christmas

Window Display
Photograph provided by Ripon Chamber of Commerce

Ripon’s Dickens of a Christmas weekend will celebrate its 27th anniversary December 1 through 3. The weekend holiday kickoff offers a variety of events to provide countless memories and lay the foundation for new family traditions. It also offers opportunities for all ages, including the Dickens of a Quilt Show, Enchanted Forest, Christmas Crèche Display, Gingerbread House Contest, Dress A Doll Contest, and great shopping and dining experiences.

Farrell’s Fine Furnishings

Farrell’s showroom
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

The three-story structure of Farrell’s Fine Furnishings towers above Watson Street in Ripon. Since 2001, the historic building has housed furniture and accessories that the people in the area have come to associate with distinction and quality.

From the Land

Photograph provided by From The Land

It finally happened! Fifteen years after the inception of the annual show that had been plagued by iffy weather at least one of the two days, we had two absolutely gorgeous fall days. The weather was great and the crowd the largest ever. Parking lots were brimming, artists were busy, and sales were brisk. The popular, unique root heads sold out on Saturday, so if this is something you wish to purchase, come early. The marble-blowing demonstration was a popular pausing point for visitors. Wildlife birds of prey was presented by AVES and enjoyed by young and adult fairgoers. Kyle Denton led the plant walk, identifying many familiar and unfamiliar plants.

Green Lake: A Hub of Excellent Golf

Golf Courses of Lawsonia
Photograph by Brian Weis

The Green Lake area has been a draw for golfers since 1896, when Wisconsin’s oldest course, Tuscumbia, was founded. Today, golfers play several or all of the area’s outstanding courses during a single visit.

Green Lake

Green Lake Beach
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

For generations, Green Lake has had the reputation of being one of the Midwest’s best-kept secret vacation spots. With a beautiful shoreline and boasting Wisconsin’s deepest natural inland lake, Green Lake is only hours from home, but seems worlds away.

Green Lake Area Animal Shelter: Major Expansion Complete

Animal Shelter
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Two 10 x 14-foot cat colony rooms with large glass windows and an inviting reception/retail area greet visitors as they enter the expanded Green Lake Area Animal Shelter (GLAAS). The shelter wrapped up a major three-year expansion in 2016, launched by a large estate gift received in 2014. Expanded space for cats, a stainless-steel dog bathing tub, extra storage for food and supplies, and easy-to-clean Extrutech plastic wall panels are just a few of the improvements that enable the shelter to better serve the community and pets in need of homes.

Green Lake Area Bike Adventures

Bikers on Path
Photograph provided by Green Lake Greenways

Abundant road routes and trails offer cyclists a great way to enjoy the Green Lake area. From casual tooling around the towns to rail trails to looping Big Green Lake, there is something for everyone.

Green Lake Conference Center

Green Lake Conference Center arial
Photograph by Phil Sutterlin

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

enjoying waters of Green Lake
Photograph by Austin Wallenfang

Over the past 20 years, the Green Lake Conservancy has been building a legacy of stewardship by working to “preserve the lands that protect the lake” and promote public conscientiousness when it comes to our beloved body of water. While many picturesque trails and native prairies have been established and restored by the Conservancy, the members also recognize the tremendous need to actively encourage a sense of stewardship amongst our youth. And what better way to get kids to fall in love with nature than by getting them out there and allowing Mother Nature to work her magic.

Green Lake County Fair

Photograph by Kate Triller

Ahoy mateys! It’s time to weigh anchor and set sail with a pirate adventure you won’t want to miss. Welcome to Green Lake County and “arrr” Fair. Thar be treasures and grub for ye all who attend August 3 through 6 in downtown Green Lake, and free admission and parking. The 2017 Green Lake County Fair will hold fun events based on the pirate theme, and fairgoers will be able to pillage, plunder, and loot for treasures.

Green Lake Festival of Music

Chamber Music Camp students
Photograph provided by Green Lake Festival of Music

Summer in Green Lake means many things. For the Green Lake Festival of Music, celebrating its 38th season, it means:

  • Hosting world-class musicians for our summer Concert Series.
  • The two-week Chamber Music Camp at Green Lake Conference Center featuring 30+ talented young string and piano students from around the country.
  • The four-day Choral Institute at Ripon College for people who love to sing.
  • The Thomas E. Caestecker Free Family Concerts.

Green Lake Fine Arts Show

Art Show
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Heralded as one of the Midwest's most esteemed art shows, the 45th annual Green Lake Fine Arts Show takes place August 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is held at beautiful Playground Park, and there is no admission.

Gear Up Green Lake: Fundraiser Ride

Bike Path
Photograph provided by Green Lake Greenways

Green Lake Greenways is a nonprofit volunteer citizens’ advocacy organization which began 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.


Marathon runners
Photograph provided by Green Lake Half Marathon

Mark your calendars and start training for one of Wisconsin’s most scenic race routes: the Green Lake Area “13dot1” Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run.

Green Lake Sailing School

Sailing boat

One of the great privileges available to everyone living in or visiting the Green Lake area is the opportunity to recreationally use Green Lake. For those of us who live here year-round, we sometimes forget that so many options exist.

Pure Pride: School District of Green Lake

Student reading

For decades, people associated America’s small towns with one-room schoolhouses, and true to that image, the Green Lake School District is a one-roof schoolhouse. Proudly referred to as a public school that feels like a private school, students from four-year-old kindergarten through twelfth grade attend classes in the same building. Divided by separate wings, this convenient arrangement encourages a family-friendly community atmosphere focused on innovative education. In 2012, the Partnership for 21st Century recognized the school as one of its exemplars, a model for schools around the country. In 2014, Green Lake High School was selected to America’s Most Challenging High Schools list and ranked in the top 6 percent of Wisconsin’s high schools.

Mark Your Calendar!

Kayak with dog
Photograph provided by the Green Team

Each year, volunteers and staff from the Green Lake Association, Green Lake Conservancy, Green Lake Sanitary District, and Green Lake School District come together and plan an action-packed year of activities for our communities to enjoy.

Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Wisconsin hospitality welcomes you to one of the best small-town festivals of the Midwest, Green Lake’s Harvest Fest. Sponsored by the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, crafters, chefs, musicians, artists, carvers, farmers, service organizations, residents, and many more harvest and share their best in this late-September festival. With parking and shuttle service around the perimeter of the city, the inner streets overflow with creativity, opening up to a slow-paced stroll inside and out. If you seek connection with kindhearted people and you want to be in the energy of fun and fiesta, Harvest Fest accommodates you.

Mike’s Bike Shop

Photograph by Barbara Wilson

When you walk in the door of Mike’s Bike Shop in Berlin, you are surrounded by bicycles, biking gear, and the subtle scents of metal and wood. It’s obvious that the owner has a heart for bicyclists. Mike Radke appears from the back workshop, cup of black coffee in hand, and greets you with a warm smile. You immediately know your bike will be in good hands.

Norton’s Fishing & Hunting Adventures

Fishing group
Photograph provided by Mike and Joanne Norton

No matter the season, Mike and Joanne Norton have an adventure waiting for you. Serving outdoor enthusiasts has been a passion of theirs for 40 years, and they don’t plan to quit any time soon.


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, a friendly destination energized by community celebrations, eclectic shops, tasty cuisine, historic character, and natural beauty. A lively, friendly community, Ripon is surrounded by acres of parks, trails, rivers, golf courses, and lakes. Ripon is a charming and fun destination where all feel welcome. An adventure awaits you in Ripon, and we can’t wait to greet you.

Ripon College: Sharing Our Commitment to the Liberal Arts and Sciences with Students and the Community

Ripon College

During a gentle snowstorm in early 1851, on a hillside overlooking the village of Ripon, Ripon College’s first building was staked out. Today’s campus still reflects that early beauty, with 250 tree-covered acres including 130 acres of restored prairie and oak savannah. The three original limestone buildings and seven other campus buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

Ripon’s National Historic Site

Little White Schoolhouse
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Fifty-four Riponites gathered in their Little White Schoolhouse on March 20, 1854, and formed a new antislavery party. They became the first “Republicans” in the Union. The Birthplace of the Republican Party National Historic Site, also known as the “Little White Schoolhouse,” is open to the public as a museum that explains Ripon’s role in forming a major political party.

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.

Whooping Crane Festival

Boy at Whooping Crane Festival
Photograph by Hannah Kallio

The Whooping Crane Festival is a truly unique celebration of community, crafts, and conservation. This year's festival takes place on Saturday, September 9, on the grounds of the Princeton public schools.

Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff

Wisconsin State Chili cups
Photograph by Hannah Kallio

It's not surprising that the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff has a lot in common with a savory bowl of chili. It's not just great ingredients that count, it's how you combine those ingredients. And it takes time to get all the flavors to blend just right.