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Green Lake is a summer destination like no other. Here are some of the most popular summer activities on and off the water.

Boating and water sports

Green Lake offers countless opportunities for paddle boarding, jet skiing, and boating during the summer. Getting out on the water is one of the best ways to discover the natural beauty of the lake and the surrounding areas. It’s also a wonderful way of getting some fresh air and healthy exercise. From rowboats to powerboats, the lake invites you to let your hair down and enjoy the water.


What could be a more enjoyable way to spend an afternoon than fishing the clear waters of the Big Green? Get away from it all on a solitary fishing pier or book a private charter with friends and family.

Green Lake is a haven for anglers with high-quality fishing. The deep waters of the lake are home to an abundance of cool water species, even in the upper reaches. As a matter of fact, Big Green holds the state record for lake trout and cisco caught in inland waters in Wisconsin.

The lake’s plentiful cisco population offers a one-of-a-kind sport fishery experience in WI. Everyone from amateurs to seasoned pros can get a trophy catch with enough patience and strategizing.

Major species include smallmouth, northern pike, panfish, walleye, musky, and channel catfish.

You’ll also find fishing guides and pontoon charter boats for large or small groups along Big Green Lake.


On dry land, Green Lake is surrounded by some of the finest golf courses in Wisconsin:

  • The Tuscumbia Golf Course is the oldest golf course in the state
  • The Lawsonia Golf Course was ranked as #2 public golf course in Wisconsin in 2008

The stunning views and varied terrain of the Green Lake area offers a unique golfing experience for players of all skill levels.

Biking, hiking and camping

You’ll find scenic hiking and biking trails alongside campsites around Green Lake. Explore the surrounding areas and witness the natural beauty of Wisconsin firsthand. Many of the trails near the city are accessible to hikers and cyclists of all skill levels.

The Lime-Kiln Trail Loop in High Cliff State Park is widely considered as one of the best hiking trails in the area at 2.7 miles while the Green Lake Campground offers five rental cabins and 370 campsites in clean and well-maintained surroundings.

Festivals and live performances

Green Lake is known for its annual summer festivals and activities, including:

  • Splash into Summer Family Event
  • Green Lake Chalk Walk Festival
  • 4th of July Celebration
  • Green Lake Fine Art Show

Residents and their guests can attend an open air concert at Deacon Mills Park every Wednesday and watch live performances at Thrasher Opera House.

Food and wine

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy world-class dining in Green Lake. Don’t miss the chance to dine at Chops with scrumptious appetizers like tenderloin crostini, spicy tuna rolls, and ahi tuna, and entrées like high-class steak and prime cuts like ribeye, filet mignon, and lamb chops. The fine dining restaurant’s extensive wine list is also worth checking out.

You can also spend the afternoon enjoying wine with friends and family at Vines & Rushes Winery or exploring the Boerson Farm to learn about organic and sustainable farming.

Living in Green Lake lets you enjoy a range of fun activities year-round. If you’d like to call this wonderful city home, let our team help you find the perfect property. Contact us at 262.629.4747 or through contactus(at)emmerrealestate(dotted)com.

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