Downtown Montello
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

West of Princeton on Highway 23 is the community of Montello and an array of shopping, services, and natural beauty. Craft and gift stores, an old-fashioned candy and ice cream store, a vintage movie theater, and cafés, pubs, and supper clubs fill the historic downtown district. There’s also a pharmacy, grocer, hardware store, sporting goods store, golf course, massage studio, bookstore, bank, auto repair shop, realtors, and more.

Beautiful waterfalls cascade over the Montello Granite Quarry, which is home to the hardest granite in the world. It’s at the downtown intersection of Highways 22 and 23. Afterward, you can take in the scenic beauty from atop Observatory Hill, the highest point in Marquette County. And nature trails at John Muir Memorial County Park lead you through the area around Ennis Lake, which John Muir and his family called home during his boyhood.

Surrounded by Buffalo Lake, Lake Montello, 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 scenic Sunset Road, which is a pet-friendly walking trail. Montello City Park on Lake Montello offers a playground, volleyball and horseshoe courts, softball diamond, and picnic and beach areas. And with acres of nearby public hunting land and plentiful populations of geese, turkey, and deer, Montello may become your new favorite hunting spot.

Whether your preferred transportation is on two or four wheels, we have you covered. Bike trails start in and near downtown, looping along lakeshores and scenic country roads, and the trails will inspire and invigorate you. Numerous ATV routes connect and cross through Montello for hours of scenic riding. Whether by cycle or auto, be sure to take in Wisconsin Rustic Road 104 for a back-road experience you won’t soon forget.

When it’s time to rest and unwind, you can relax at one of the many local pubs before enjoying a meal. Dining options range from light salads and sandwiches to steaks and seafood.

Lodging options are also plentiful, with peaceful lake cabins, motels within walking distance of downtown, and campgrounds with everything from tent sites to cottage rentals.

There are also numerous events and activities year-round, so check the calendar of events at when planning your visit to the beautiful Montello area.

Provided by the Montello Area Chamber of Commerce .