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.

Enjoy the beauty of waterfalls cascading over the Montello Granite Quarry, home to the hardest granite in the world, situated downtown at the intersection of State Highways 22 and 23. Or you can take in the scenic beauty from atop Observatory Hill, the highest point in Marquette County, which is just minutes south of downtown. Nature abounds at John 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 a pet-friendly walking trail. Montello City Park is on Montello Lake and offers a playground, volleyball and horseshoe courts, softball diamond, and picnic and beach areas.

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

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

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

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

Provided by the Montello Area Chamber of Commerce .