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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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  • The longer boat tour that shows & explains the attractions (i.e. homes) around the lake is great--we've been their several times with family as well as friends. Nice shops at the boat dock. Plenty of ...  more »
  • This lake is very clean, with nice clear water. It has gorgeous homes to view also. It is not a mountain Lake, it is in a city but it has everything you want in a lake! If you swim, loaf on the beach,...  more »
  • Geneva Lake is a spring fed lake. It's very clean and the water is always warm by mid June. The downtown area is very quaint with tons and tons of very unique boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and...  more »
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  • Beautiful spring-fed Lake. Excellent Shoreline with many beautiful large homes. Excellent fishing lake if you know what you're doing. I would recommend hiring a guide for your best fishing experience.
  • The lake is HUGE!! There's a beach, boat & wave runner rentals & 'River Cruises'. It's absolutely beautiful!! My husband and I had a wonderful time!! We will most definitely return! You won't regret going there!! Have a wonderful time!! I'm sure you will
  • First time on this Lake. Very nice. Fishing was slow. Boat ramp was very nice.$12 to launch. Surprisingly busy for a Tuesday with kids still in school. We were there at 10 a.m. and only five about 30 stalls were still available.
  • Beautiful, clean, and fun lake to take your family to. Nice beaches and beautiful scenery.

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