Do you like Wisconsin Dells? Well you may consider checking out the Dells' lesser known, downstream neighbor in Lake Wisconsin. Located about a half-hour drive south of the Dells, Lake Wisconsin, while also on the Wisconsin River, is a much different community because of its somewhat anti-commercial zoning. Here, residents take advantage of the man-made lake created by Wisconsin's largest in-state dam to partake in fishing, water-skiing, camping on the many sandbars but primarily recreational boating. In fact, boat traffic is so popular in Lake Wisconsin that water-side gas stations exists for the boats, several restaurants have public dock access just for boat customers and it is not unusual to find people living out on the river in their houseboats.
The area's most attractive asset is its vast surface area along the Wisconsin river which allows for a large number of Lake Wisconsin homes to have water access and their own piers. While not having the rock formations Wisconsin Dells has (although it has a few) this Wisconsin lake is still a very attractive area that is heavily wooded and has plenty of sandbars. Like the Dells, this area is very popular with out-of-state visitors not just for the summer homes but as a retirement community as well.
Located close to the I90 interstate, Lake Wisconsin is a convenient drive to Wisconsin Dells and even Madison where many residents work. There isn't a proper commercial center like what other communities have despite Lake Wisconsin's size so many residents will drive to the nearby community of Poynette for more regular commercial service...although this lack of commercial development aids in Lake Wisconsin's quiet/laid back atmosphere. Despite its somewhat relative lack of services there are a still number of Lake Wisconsin hotels and restaurants if you wish to spend your vacation there.
One quirk of the Lake Wisconsin Area is its lack of a local bridge which has effectively concentrated development on the east side of the lake. You have to drive north to cross the river on the interstate 90/94 or you have to drive south all the way to the Prairie du Sac to cross a bridge. A popular alternative that is open in the summer is the Merrimac ferry which connects southern Lake Wisconsin to Merrimac and is frequently a tourist attraction in and of itself.
In the future, we hope to offer more information including Lake Wisconsin rentals, fishing shops, boat landings, restaurants, resorts, hotels and more.
Below is a Lake Wisconsin map of the general area.