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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. Put Geneva Lake and other Lake Geneva journey planner attractions into our {2}, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This place was amazing. The whole town is charming. Be aware though that this place is packed with tourist. Beautiful fall colors all throughout. What a lovely visit. We will soon be back!  more »
  • We have been coming here for years, a beautiful lake, fun shops to explore and many different restaurants to try. There are boat tours and a nice beach to enjoy. The walking path around the lake is....  more »

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