Fishing & Boating in the Northwoods

Green Lake, WI

green lake wi“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!”

I was too scared to fall but I did have a great time and have loved waterskiing 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 

unfortunately, the restaurant is now permanently closed). I can highly recommend the Heidel House, though. 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.

R. Karl

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Lake Facts

  • Size: ~ 3600 acres
  • Depth: Average – 104 feet; Max – 236 feet
  • Fish Species: Walleye, Northern Pike, Crappie, Bluegills, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Lake Trout
  • Etc., Located in Green Lake 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

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R. Karl

Angler, Author & Epicure

Fishing since the age of eight.  Seriously writing since the age of 16. Chef and foodie from the age of 22 years… and counting. So much to learn and so little time. I have enjoyed every minute of it all.  Whether on the water (where I like it best), in the kitchen, or at the keyboard, churning out content, I feel like I have found my place.  I am sharing it with you in the hope that some of what I love to do will rub off on you. I hope to see you On the Lake!

R. Karl