A Potawatomi chief by the name of Maunk-suck -- meaning Big Foot -- is responsible for the original name of the town that lies just north of the Illinois border in southern Wisconsin.  The city is now known as Lake Geneva, and has been a major source of rest and relaxing vacations for many decades

A calm and beautiful day on Geneva Lake

From the time that I was old enough to sit on my mother’s lap and steer our ’52 3-speed Chevy, I remember the occasional summer trips to Lake Geneva. Back then, it took only about 45 minutes to get there from the Fox River Valley area of Illinois. I remember a 4-way stop in Hebron on an otherwise empty road, and that was about it – except for a slowing through Woodstock. There were never any other cars on the road and the drive was easy and fun... Things have definitely changed, but it's still an excellent place to visit, as well as stay -- for a night or maybe much longer...

Places to Stay

One house from the lake with pier slip

One house from the lake with Pier Slip!

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps up to 10  (minimum stay required)

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Vintage Lake House

Vintage Lake House one block from Lake

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 12  (lake access rights; minimum stay required)

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Geneva Lake

Lake Facts

  • Size: ~ 5400 acres
  • Depth: Ave - 61 feet; Max - 144 feet
  • Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Walleye and Panfish
  • Etc,: 26 miles of shoreline; home of cartoonist Sidney Smith, creator the comic strip character Andy Gump; one of only handful of places left in the country where mail is still delivered by boat!

Fishing Links

Wisconsin Hunting & Fishing Licenses:


Things to See

Yerkes Observatory

Big Foot Beach State Park

Black Point Estate & Gardens

Geneva Lake Museum

Geneva Lake Brewery