"Wisconsin's Undiscovered Jewel"

When I was about 10 years old, a business associate of my father invited our family up to spend a weekend at his cottage on Green Lake, Wisconsin. That was where I first learned to water ski. My clearest memory is that of my mother warning me to not fall off of the skis because, as she put it: “The lake has no bottom and you’d be gone forever!”

The scenic beauty of Green Lake, WI

I was too scared to fall but I did have a great time and have loved skiing ever since; I have often wondered why I didn't return to Green Lake sooner.

The town of Green Lake, Wisconsin is not much bigger now than I remember it. But it is very much what one might imagine a resort town to be like. There is a small park with a lagoon that looked to be a great place for ice skating or fishing. The two main streets were Mill and Hill and at the southwest corner of that intersection there sits a very old but stately courthouse. There are several restaurants and small shops, as well as an excellent hotel called the Heidel House and Grey Rock restaurant, both of which I can highly recommend. Make a plan to stop in Green Lake -- whether for a short visit or longer stay. Just make sure to sample the fishing, whether for summer or winter.

Places to Stay

Family retreat on the water

Custom-Built Green Lake Family Retreat

4 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps up to 10  (minimum stay: 2 nights)

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Lakefront cottage as viewed from Green Lake

Luxurious Lake Front Cottage

2 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Sleeps 4-6  (minimum stay: 2-7 nights)

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Green Lake location

Lake Facts

  • Size: 7920 acres
  • Depth: Ave - 104 feet; Max - 236 feet
  • Fish Species: Walleye, Northern Pike, Crapie, Bluegills, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and lake trout
  • Etc,: Locatedin Green County, WI, the 7 1/2 mile-long lake has 29 miles of shoreline and is the deepest natural inland lake in Wisconsin; Birthplace of the Republican Party

Fishing Links

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Things to See

Thrasher Opera House

Vines and Rushes winery

The Little White Schoolhouse

Golf Courses of Lawsonia

Escapade Yacht