Green Lake, Wisconsin, USA
Also known as: Big Green Lake
Welcome to the ultimate guide to Green Lake — things to do, where to stay, fun facts, history, stats and more. Let’s dive in!
Topics we cover in this article:
- All About Green Lake
- Things to Do
- Fish Species
- Where to Stay
- Vacation Planning Tools
- Green Lake Map
- Statistics / Weather / Helpful Links
- Shop Green Lake Gifts
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All About Green Lake
Green Lake, also known as Big Green Lake, is exceptional, and it has the statistics to prove it. It’s Wisconsin’s deepest natural inland lake: only Lake Wazee, a man-made lake in Jackson County, is deeper. It’s also the oldest resort community west of Niagara Falls. What is truly exceptional, however, is the fishing and the recreation opportunities.
In the early 1840’s, New Englander Anson Dart settled with his family on the shores of what the French were calling “Grand Lac Verde.” He built a dam at the outlet of the lake and a sawmill and gristmill. By 1907 the village that had grown there was called Green Lake. By the late 1800’s the lake had developed a reputation as a resort community, and there were several large wooden hotels on the shores of Green Lake most of which have since burned down.
The most significant thing about Green Lake is its water. Its maximum depth of 239 feet, combined with the fact that the lake is primarily spring fed, makes Green Lake exceptionally clean with excellent water quality, many algal species, and oxygen available year round in the deep water. That makes it an ideal home for oxygen sensitive fish. For anglers it means the fishing on Green Lake is fantastic. The lake has healthy populations of walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, muskie, bluegill, crappie, and even lake sturgeon. Green Lake also holds Wisconsin’s inland lake trout record with a 35 pound fish caught in 1957.
The clear water also makes Green Lake a great destination for scuba divers. Swimming, boating, sailing and kayaking are popular and in the winter there is skating and ice boating. Bird watching around the lake is good and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is less than half an hour away. Part of the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States, Horicon includes a state and national refuge and is a great place to see migratory birds and waterfowl.
There are plenty of accommodations of all kinds around Green Lake, lots of restaurants and public boat ramps. The City of Green Lake has shopping, restaurants and other amenities. There are three championship golf courses in Green Lake County and over 15,000 acres of public hunting land.
No matter what their preference visitors are sure to find something to love about exceptional Green Lake.
Things to Do at Green Lake
- Vacation Rentals
- Scuba Diving
- Wildlife Viewing
- National Wildlife Refuge
Fish Species Found at Green Lake
- Black Bass
- Lake Trout
- Largemouth Bass
- Northern Pike
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Recommended Sites to Book a Green Lake Vacation
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- VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
- Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
- Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
- Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
- TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
- Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
- KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
- RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
- CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Green Lake Statistics & Helpful Links
Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed
Water Level Control: WDNR, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Assoc. of Lakes
Surface Area: 7,346 acres
Shoreline Length: 29 miles
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 796 feet
Average Depth: 101 feet
Maximum Depth: 239 feet
Water Residence Time: 21 Years
Lake Area-Population: 1,100
Drainage Area: 100 sq. miles
Trophic State: Oligotrophic
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