Imagine gazing across a gently rippling body of water knowing good times lie ahead. The Green Lake area boasts friendly faces, satisfying meals, treasured shops, and an array of activities, indoors and out. Here then, is your guide.

The 300 Club

Interior of the 300 Club
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Bowling: the intergenerational pastime that fills the void created by an unexpected rainy day. Whether you’re stringing strikes like they’re in season or packing gutters like an overgrown oak, it doesn’t matter; The 300 Club of Green Lake has gone the extra mile to ensure everyone has a good time.

Big Green Lake

kayakers

Lakes are the essence of Wisconsin. They’re the hearts of their ecosystems and the focal points of surrounding communities. Growing up on a lake defines a person in all aspects of their life, from the things they learn and the way they have fun to a deeper appreciation of the reciprocal exchanges between humankind and the environment. Everyone who grows up on Big Green Lake owes a part of themselves to the lake. And everyone who visits aims to find that connection for themselves.

Exploring Green Lake by Bike

Biking on path
Photograph provided by Green Lake Greenways

The Green Lake area is known for its abundant beauty, history, and culture. With miles of quiet country roads, it can best be explored by bicycle. Green Lake has 18 miles of paved and compacted-gravel bicycle paths and endless miles of rolling, low-volume scenic roads. Maps are available from the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Cover Artist: Barry Roal Carlsen

Artwork
Photograph by Barry Carlsen

Robin Wallenfang is a freelance artist with over 40 years of experience in oil painting, mural painting, and stained glass. She has a gallery, studio, and workshop at Wallenfangs of Green Lake, where she exhibits her work. Several of her murals in the area can be seen at the Berlin and Ripon libraries, the Green Lake Conference Center Kraft Dining Hall, Knickerbocker Landing in Princeton, and at Wallenfangs of Green Lake.

Dickens of a Christmas Celebrates 32 Years

Christmas Parade
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Wisconsin can have unpredictable weather when December rolls around—will it snow early or will it hold off until January? We never know, but what is predictable is the amount of fun during the annual Ripon Chamber of Commerce’s Dickens of a Christmas.

4 Drop-Dead-Gorgeous Golf Courses

Tuscumbia Golf Course
Photograph provided by Tuscumbia Golf Course

Four drop-dead-gorgeous area golf courses steeped in history and as challenging as you’ll find most anywhere. Get acquainted with each venue, all of which are open to the public and near fine food establishments and excellent lodging. In addition, the courses offer various packages, seasonal specials, and cordial service. They also provide the expected golfers’ amenities, such as a pro shop, food, and drink. Plan to play them all—you’ll have the experience of a lifetime.

Green Lake-The Good Life

pier on Green Lake
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Visiting Green Lake, with miles of shoreline, stunning sunsets, events, and activities year-round, easily becomes visiting the good life. Your entire family will always have something to enjoy!

Caring For Big Green

group cleaning up river
Photograph provided by Green Lake Association

Green Lake holds the title as Wisconsin’s deepest natural inland lake at 237 feet deep and features 27 miles of shoreline, eight public boat launches, three public beaches, and endless opportunities for fun. From lounging on the shore to fishing for trout, kayaking the open waters, and sailing across the frozen lake in an iceboat, Big Green Lake provides excitement all year round.

Green Lake Conservancy: Protecting Your Land's Legacy

W4W Conservancy towering white pines
Photograph provided by Green Lake Conservancy

Many who own recreational land develop a special love for it. We’ve spent many hours there—perhaps over several decades—hiking around the property to enjoy nature’s beauty through the various seasons or sitting around quiet campfires and listening to owls. Some of you may have enjoyed many quiet hours sitting in deer stands or been thrilled by special wildlife observations that were captured on your trail cameras.

Green Lake Festival of Music

Musicians
Photograph provided by Green Lake Festival of Music

The concert series will include the following events:

Art in the Park

Art Show
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

While Green Lake is a picturesque paradise year-round, perhaps one of the most beautiful sites throughout the summer months is in the heart of its downtown, Playground Park. With rushing waters from the dam, stunning landscape, and a charming footbridge cascading with flowers, Playground Park appears to be right out of a storybook. What could make it better? Why the amazing talents of over 75 artists from throughout the Midwest, of course.

Explore the Great Outdoors with the Green Team

Trails
Provided by the Green Team

The Green Team is excited to welcome the community to another year of free, fun-filled outdoor activities. Through exploring the great outdoors, event attendees can come to further appreciate and care for Green Lake’s incredible natural resources and history, all while having a lot of fun.

34th Annual Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest pumpkins and crafts
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

The Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present one of the largest fall celebrations in the state, Harvest Fest, sponsored by local area businesses.

Horseradish Kitchen + Market

Horseradish Kitchen + Market interior
Photograph Barbara Wilson

In the business terrarium that is Princeton, the mix of retail stores, restaurants, and bars, there’s a harmonious evolution taking place. As a result, patrons of all sorts, from the dive bar regular to the well-traveled swell, can be found either mingling in a clothing store focused on sustainability or an eatery featuring local food and music.

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.

Montello

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.

Patina Vie

Patina Vie merchandise
Photograph Barbara Wilson

At Ripon’s iconic 5-street corner, where 1870s Italianate architecture merges with the contemporary, Patina Vie has taken on the role of transforming self-expression from outside-in to inside-out. The spaces we exist in shouldn’t reflect broader design movements imposed on us by magazines and store layouts, but rather showcase the way we experience the world.

Princeton

Gazebo
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

With its charming local shops, bustling antique stores, and famous Flea Market, Princeton is the place to spend a day, weekend, or week to be completely transported into small-town life bursting with appeal.

Ripon

Downtown Ripon
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Experience Ripon—this isn’t just a message for nature enthusiasts wanting to surround themselves with acres of parks, trails, rivers, and lakes. Ripon has long been a friendly destination energized by community celebrations, eclectic shops, tasty cuisine, and historic character. All who visit feel welcome by the city’s charm and natural beauty.

Ripon College: Committed to Neighboring Communities

Ripon College
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Established in 1851, Ripon College is a best-value private college and a national leader in liberal arts education. Ripon is devoted to ensuring that every student realizes their unique potential.

Whooping Crane Festival

Whooping Crane
Photograph provided by the International Crane Foundation

Since 2014, the Princeton Whooping Crane & Nature Festival has played a key role in educating the public about the endangered whooping cranes that reside in the nearby White River Marsh State Wildlife Area during the spring, summer, and fall months. Over the years, the festival has expanded to include information and presentations about not just the cranes, but nature in general—specifically the habitat of these beautiful birds.

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