WHAT TO LOVE
- Close to the great city of Chicago
- Within hours of Madison and Milwaukee
- Ideal for those who love to spend time on the water
- Serene and secluded
- A robust agricultural past and continued presence
As a college town, Whitewater Lake has a buoyant, youthful energy that’s underlined by the bevy of land and watersports it offers its inhabitants and visitors. With waters teeming with walleye and Northern pike, it’s especially appealing to those who are fond of fishing and anyone who feels most at home when surrounded by nature. This is the sort of place where you’re just as likely to see your neighbor at a brewery as you are hiking solo on a trail.
DINING, ENTERTAINMENT, & SHOPPING
Whitewater Lake and its neighboring towns offer an admirable selection of laid-back restaurants and chic cafes. Fresh, seasonal ingredients take center stage at The Black Sheep
, whose lovely, industrial-hip interior serves as the backdrop for delicious and innovative dishes. Specializing in farm-to-table fare, they offer an excellent array of plates ranging from mushrooms and shallots bisque with herbs de Provence to several types of bruschetta.
Wisconsin’s thriving craft brewery scene is on display at 841 Brewhouse
, which features gems like Warhawk wheat and oatmeal stout. Their food menu is just as impressive, with options such as a classic Reuben sandwich and cavatappi macaroni and cheese with sriracha chicken.
Elevated bar bites and fantastic beers are found at Second Salem Brewing Co.
, where you can pair an ice-cold Black Mass stout with a Cuban brisket sandwich and truffle parmesan fries, or a Margarita flatbread pizza with basil and balsamic and a glass of creamy coffee porter.
The community is also home to a small handful of independent boutiques and businesses, such as La Grange General Store and Backyard Bikes, where you can grab a steaming-hot cappuccino while waiting for a tune-up on your bicycle.
THINGS TO DO
Whitewater Lake offers outdoor enthusiasts an abundance of choices for adventure. Kettle Moraine State Forest
is a sight to behold. It contains over 22,000 acres of glacial hills, recreational lakes, hilly terrain, picnic spots, and both simple and rugged trails. The Ice Age Trail
is particularly compelling. Frequently deemed one of the best trails in the state, the single-trek path winds past densely wooded areas and over glacial kettles.
The John Muir Hiking-Biking Trails
are also a must-try for Whitewater Lake visitors and residents. With paths ranging from moderate to advanced, you’re bound to find the trek that will suit you and perhaps your whole family.
Locals are also avid fans of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Young Auditorium
, an opulent performing arts venue that features live comedy, dance performances, music, plays, university events, and more.