Markesan: A Grand Community

Boy fishing
Photograph by Chris Scott

Markesan is a small town in the south central part of Green Lake County with friendly neighborhoods and rich history. There’s state-of-the-art educational facilities for young people and comfortable living centers for seniors in the community. Families in Markesan make homes that last a lifetime.

Over 150 years of the Markesan area’s history is at the Grand River Valley Museum and Train Depot, presented by the Markesan Historical Society. The museum shows the dedication the community has in its area’s rich past, present, and future farming heritage. The city was once the richest in the nation.

For the outdoor enthusiasts, the Markesan area provides sports and recreation of all kinds. Little Green Lake will satisfy fishing needs with an abundance of muskie and walleye and boating fun with 462 acres of water. There’s excellent hunting, trapping, hiking trails, birdwatching, and fishing opportunities in the 7,000 acres of the Grand River Marsh State Wildlife Area. On the northern shore of the Village of Marquette lies Lake Puckaway. Grand Lake in Kingston and many other smaller lakes dot the area. The winter provides roughly 70 miles of snowmobiling on well-groomed trails around the area.

Markesan proudly celebrates the city’s farming traditions with June Dairy Days, a signature event the second weekend in June. A variety of events sponsored by local service organizations help to keep weekends active, including Kingston Krazy Days, Augustfest, car show, Heritage Day, fireman’s breakfast, and Homespun Holidays.

Markesan is complete with medical facilities, financial institutions, a public library, hardware store, grocery store, and unique boutique shops. You’ll find churches and community parks within walking distance of the downtown and a huge Amish community to the west.

A Grand Community isn’t just the city motto, it’s our way of life.

Provided by Markesan Chamber of Commerce .

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