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.

That’s right! Big Green Lake is ready for you no matter what the temperature outside. Its claim to fame as Wisconsin’s deepest natural inland lake (237 feet at its deepest) makes this body of water usable for fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, ice fishing, waterskiing, ice skating, and even ice boating.

Green Lake is a hot spot in the late spring through the summer, and in early fall, visitors flock to test the waters of the 7,346-acre lake. You’ll catch fishermen anchoring their boats to their favorite spots as they prepare for a day of hooking the biggest fish. You’ll find families taking their children swimming off the shores of Hattie Sherwood Beach, Dodge Memorial County Park, and Sunset Park. The glistening waters will be disrupted by boaters as they pull a daring skier leaping over the waves behind them. There’s no place quite like it for a great time with family or friends or both!

What’s better is that you don’t even need your own boat or equipment to enjoy a good time out on the lake. Green Lake is packed with boat and equipment rentals sure to make your visit memorable.

Don’t know a whole lot about the lake and town but would like to learn more without wasting any action time? Head to Pierless Boat Rentals at Green Lake Conference Center to coast the lake in style aboard the 60-foot Escapade or the J. Lawson respectively as you take a tour and learn the history of Green Lake.

If bundling up and heading out to a frozen lake for activity is more your thing, load up the ice shanty because Green Lake is the place to be for ice fishing as well. Much like summer fishing, bait can be purchased downtown along with most other day-on-the-lake essentials. While ice conditions vary each year, most of the time ice fishers and their shanties dot the horizon of Big Green Lake.

If you’re looking for another family-friendly activity during the cold months, Deacon Mills Wharf area becomes a whimsical ice skating rink, perfect for spending a few hours or all day.

With so much to do, it’s no wonder Big Green Lake is a destination many head to year-round. Whether in summer, when all the houses around the lake begin to fill up and downtown becomes vibrant with activity, or in winter, when most parts of town are barren and grey—Green Lake continues to cater to those who love action and sports as well as those who just want to curl up with a good book or warm their toes by a bonfire near the shores of Big Green.

Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer.