Green Lake Magazine Green Lake Magazine 2012 - Page 12

12 | Green Lake magazine 2012 Serene scenery, friendly people, great foodwhat more could you desire? Big Green Lake, Wisconsins deepest inland lake, which covers 7346 acres and has 27 miles of shoreline. Here you will nd superb shing, boating, swimming, hiking, biking, or just a i>݈}ۈiܰ The rst to discover this uncommonly deep (at its deepest: 237 feet), clean, >iݫ>Èiʏ>i>̅i7iL>} Tribe, who settled here several centuries ago and revered the lake. Todays visitors and residents still do. LAKE ACCESS Public access to the lake is widely available. Modest launch permits, payable at the launch sites, are $5 daily or $30 for the year; county residents pay $20 yearly. For city launch sites, the daily fee is $5 or yearly for $30 or $20 if you are a city resident. Green Lake County maintains two iVii]ë>Vʫ>ð>V̈i> both parks include a pier, boat launch, beach, swimming, picnic area, ample parking, and restrooms. Sunset Park is near the City of Green Lake on County Road A at the lakes east end. At the lakes southwest end is Dodge Memorial Park on County Road K. Both offer free >}>iʜvv>V̈i]iViv a modest boat launch fee, which helps with maintenance costs. The City of Green Lake offers wonderful enjoyment of the lake as well. Hattie Sherwood Park is on Business 23 at 451 S. Lawson Drive. Free facilities include a beach, pier, swimming, benches, restrooms, ample parking, and even a campground.For boating access, Canal Street Boat Launch, at the streets north end, is in downtown Green Lake. Another downtown launch site is Deacon Mills Park. On Dartford Bay at South Street and Park Drive, this park has it all. Along with boat launching, amenities here include the citys band shelter, picnic facilities, restrooms, a new wharf for temporary tie-ups, and easy access to shops and restaurants. When iced over, skating is good here, too, and theres access for ice shing. BOAT LAUNCH SITES Three more spots will help you get onto Green Lake. Duerings Landing is at Illinois Avenues east end, and Firemens Park, good for launching canoes and kayaks, is at the north end of Lake Street. Horners Landing, accessed by taking County Road A south out of Green Lake to Spring Grove Road, does not have a launch fee. OTHER PARKS These city parks offer space for i>>̈]̜*>}՘*>ʈ> the dam on Mill Street. A nice play area for children and pleasant views in the pretty park make it a good stop for residents and visitors alike. Friday Club Park is close by, across from the dam on Mill Street. There youll nd Big Green Lake ADVENTURES By Jan White