Drop a fishing line, relax by the lake or explore the tree-lined waters at Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s biggest lake. This expansive 137,700-acre (55,700-hectare) lake is a fantastic fishing destination almost year-round and features a lush landscape of public parks, state woods and charming lakeside towns. Explore the lake on a road trip through the surrounding communities or discover Lake Winnebago’s beautiful vistas by boat.
Start your tour in Fond du Lac, a picturesque city at the south end of the lake. Visit Lakeside Park, a wide public park that features picnic areas, a petting zoo, baseball fields, an old-fashioned carousel and a playground. Rent bumper boats, paddleboats and canoes to explore the shallow waters.
On the road, travel in a clockwise direction to see the small lakeside communities dotted with marinas and piers. The views from the shore include a stunning outlook of Long Point island. Heading north, reach Willow Harbor, Oshkosh and Menominee Park. Visit during July to experience this park’s free family-friendly music festival, Sawdust Days. Continue your tour through the Fox Cities to Calumet County and the High Cliff State Park, a beautiful wooded recreation area where you can go camping, hiking and cycling in the warmer months and skiing in winter.
Lake Winnebago is widely known for its excellent fishing. Rent a boat, bring your own or join a tour and experience what the lake has to offer. Catch walleye, northern pike, different species of bass and catfish, bluegill and perch. In winter, try ice fishing and spearfishing on the lake’s frozen surface. The surrounding lakes are collectively known as the Winnebago Pool and include Big Lake, Butte des Morts, Lake Poygan and Lake Winneconne, connected by Fox River, Wolf River and Fond du Lac River.
Lake Winnebago is located in east Wisconsin. The lake features 88 miles (141.6 kilometers) of shoreline and lakeside cities including Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Neenah and Menasha. Lake Winnebago is approximately a 1-hour drive from major Wisconsin cities such as Green Bay and Milwaukee. Regional airports can be found in several nearby cities.