Enjoy Lake Country…
Travel Wisconsin! For the active Lake Country family, having easy access to so many recreational activities bring the “feel of vacation” to everyday living. The unique Lake Country area offers natural lakes— from the very small (Mud Lake, 10 acres) to the largest (Pewaukee Lake, 2,493 acres) — are the biggest draw. In the summer, residents can enjoy swimming, windsurfing, boating, waterskiing, scuba diving and fishing. In the winter, the lakes draw ice skaters, cross country skiers, snowmobilers, and ice fisherman.
For those who enjoy hiking, camping or horseback riding, the Kettle Moraine State Forest in the southwest corner of Waukesha, offers 18,000 acres of rolling hills, forests and streams. Or, hikers can tackle Glacial Drumlin Trail, a 47-mile stretch of abandoned railroad grade which once connected Waukesha and Cottage Grove. The trail passes through wetlands and farmland and provides wonderful views of the area’s glacially-formed hills.
Wisconsin is also home to some of the greatest golf courses in the US. Wisconsin is home to over 500 public courses and many private courses. Click here for a directory of golf courses in the state Sightseeing.
Of course, not everyone chooses to reside in the Lake Country for its water sports and recreation. Some simply want to take in the scenery or enjoy the history of the region … and Waukesha County doesn’t disappoint. For general information Wisconsin parks visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources web site. Holy Hill, a nationally known historic landmark featuring a church, monastery, and retreat facilities, is set high atop a hill in the town of Richfield.
Holy Hill, and the tower at Lapham Peak Park just outside of Delafield, offer some of the best panoramic views of the Lake Country. Don’t miss these attractions — especially when the leaves change in fall!
Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor museum near Eagle, gives visitors a glimpse of how early Wisconsin settlers lived. You can spend the day touring authentic 19th century farm and village structures built by Finnish, Danish, Norwegian and German immigrants.
Yet another way to take in the natural scenery of the Lake Country is to climb aboard a trolley on a summer weekend. In East Troy, you can take a 10-mile round trip on an electric trolley. And in North Lake, you can take a 45-minute ride on a full-sized steam train.
Something for everyone. Fact is, the Lake Country communities offer something for every member of your family. They offer an ideal blend of small-town charm with easy access to all the modern amenities … and they’re surrounded by majestic rolling hills and beautiful lake shores.
This land, which was first inhabited by Potawatomi and Winnebago Indians and served as the summer vacation destination of wealthy Milwaukeeans and Chicagoans during the late 1800’s, has been re-discovered!