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Geneva Lake, Lake Geneva

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Geneva Lake is a body of freshwater in Walworth County in southeastern Wisconsin. On its shores are the city of Lake Geneva, and the villages of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake, and Williams Bay.The lake covers an area of approximately 5401acre, has a maximum length of 7.5mile, mean depth of 61ft and a maximum depth of 135ft. Geologists believe that it is a filled-in kettle formed from a receding glacier.LakeshoreThe lake and the community of Lake Geneva were named for the town of Geneva, New York, located on Seneca Lake, which government surveyor John Brink thought it resembled. To avoid confusion with the nearby town of Geneva, Illinois, the city was renamed Lake Geneva; later the lake was renamed Geneva Lake.Lakeshore attractions include Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva Yacht Club, the George Williams College campus of Aurora University, and Yerkes Observatory. The observatory is owned by the University of Chicago, which has established a study group to plan a regional center for science education at the observatory.Public access to the lake is allowed as the result of a decision by early European settlers that "20 feet of land leading up to the shoreline should be public domain." A shorepath, which is open to the public, completely surrounds the lake. Between 21 and 26 miles long, it follows the route taken by Potawatomi Indians. The path crosses the estates of the Schwinns, Swifts, Wackers, and Wrigleys.
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  • we had such a fun time watching the folks walk around on the frozen lake as it was thawing teenagers are so amusing. The shops are super cute . I would avoid the Olymic Family resturant it put a bad t...  more »
  • Lake Geneva is an amazing experience from the fine dining, cool shopping water sports, beautiful Geneva Lake to all of the cool events like Winterfest, Oktoberfest and The Great Electric Christmas par...  more »
  • In October the beach is free. The lakefront in downtown Lake Geneva is the major attraction in this area. Lots of people, shops, restaurants, and just items of interest within about a 3 square mile ar...  more »
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  • Free swimming nice view and clean
  • Beautiful lake with a nice walking path all the way around it
  • Great place for a weekend getaway! So much to do and has fun bars to go at night with good music!
  • Beautiful lake and town lots of dining options
  • Nice shallow lake and I've seen some nice sized fish come out of it.

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