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.

Enjoy the beauty of the waterfalls cascading over the Montello Granite Quarry, home to the hardest granite in the world, situated right downtown at the intersection of State Highways 22 and 23. Or take in the scenic beauty from atop Observatory Hill, the highest point in Marquette County, just minutes south of downtown. Nature abounds at Muir Park, where trails lead you through the area around Ennis Lake that John Muir and family called home during his boyhood.

Surrounded by Buffalo Lake, Montello Lake, the Montello River, and the Fox River, fishing and water activities are abundant. In addition to several public launches, many shore fishing opportunities exist at Krakow Park as well as the scenic Sunset Road, which is also a pet-friendly walking trail. Montello City Park is located on Montello Lake and offers a playground, volleyball and horseshoe courts, softball diamond, and picnic and beach areas.

Photograph by Matthew Faltz Photography

With acres of nearby public hunting land and plentiful populations of geese, turkey, and deer, the Montello area may just become your new favorite hunting spot.

Whether your preferred transportation is two wheels or four, we have you covered! Several area bike trails start in or near downtown Montello. Looping along lakeshores and scenic country roads, these trails will inspire and invigorate you. Numerous ATV routes connect and cross through Montello for hours of scenic riding. Whether traveling by cycle or auto, be sure to take in Wisconsin Rustic Road R-104, located just minutes south of Montello, for a backroad experience you won’t soon forget.

When it’s time to rest and unwind at the end of the day, relax with a beverage at one of our many local family-owned pubs and taverns before enjoying a meal. Dining options range from light salads and sandwiches to steaks and seafood.

Lodging choices are plentiful. No matter what your mood, you’ll find the accommodations just right for you with peaceful cabins on a quiet lake, motels within walking distance of downtown, and campgrounds offering everything from tent sites to cottage rentals.

With numerous events and activities year-round, be sure to check our calendar of events at when planning your visit to the beautiful Montello area.