The Finest Snowmobile Trails in Wisconsin

Walworth County has 2800 miles of the finest trails that Southern Wisconsin has to offer. Virtually all trails are on private property and use is granted by the respective local owner. Maintenance, marking and grooming are performed by local snowmobile clubs.

Conditions – For Walworth County trail conditions, call 262-742-2664, Walworth County Snowmobile Alliance. The Snowmobile Alliance is in charge of  installing, maintaining & grooming snowmobile trails throughout the county.

Snowmobile Trail Pass – Wisconsin law requires those who use Wisconsin snowmobile trails to display either a Wisconsin registration or a Non-Resident Trail Pass (Annual). If the snowmobile is kept in Wisconsin, it must be registered in the State of Wisconsin. Non-resident Trail Passes may be purchased over the counter at authorized sales locations or by calling the Wisconsin DNR at 888-396-7436. Trail passes may also be purchased at the Walmart in Delavan.

Operators – Any person who has reached the age of 12 may operate a snowmobile. Any person born on or after January 1, 1985 is required to complete a Snowmobile Safety Certification course to operate a snowmobile on Wisconsin public trails and areas. DNR recreational safety specialists recommend that all snowmobile operators complete the safety course.

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– To receive a Walworth County Snowmobile Map, contact the Walworth County Snowmobile Alliance at 262-742-2664 or visit walworthcountysnow.com. Printed maps are also available at the Walworth County Visitors Bureau at 800-395-8687.

More Information – For more information go to http://dnr.wi.gov.

 

Check trail status here.

 

Ice Skating in Walworth County

ice-skating-3002574_1920Ice has created many magical experiences for the Lake Geneva area this winter. In January, we were fortunate enough to welcome Ice Castles to the Riveria Beach in Lake Geneva. This magical outdoor experience, no doubt, has given guests a new appreciation of the beauty and wonderment of ice.

However, nothing beats the classic winter tradition of lacing up a pair of skates and taking to the ice. Whether it’s skating arm-in-arm with a loved one or teaching your kids to skate for the first time, nothing compares to the wintry magical feeling of gliding across the ice.

Bring your own skates to any of these Walworth County rinks. Rentals are available where noted:

Delavan

Lake Lawn Resort | 2400 E. Geneva Street
Rentals available at front desk; $5 per hour

East Troy

Adjacent to the East Troy Public Library | 3094 Graydon Avenue

Elkhorn

Courthouse Square (Veterans Park) | 100 W. Walworth Avenue

Fontana

The Abbey Resort | 269 Fontana Boulevard
Rentals available at front desk; $2/pair

Reid Park | Lake Street

Lake Geneva

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa | 7036 Grand Geneva Way
Rentals available at the ski shop; $10/pair

Flat Iron Park | 201 Wrigley Drive
Rentals available through Clear Water Outdoor;  Free for used, $5 for new

The Ridge Hotel | W4240 Hwy. 50
Rentals available at front desk; $8/pair

Walworth

Rotary Park | Casey Lane

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For more winter activities check out our “Winter Fun” section in Things to Do at VisitWalworthCounty.com

Sledding

boy-child-cold-1620934The snow keeps coming, so that means more time to enjoy the sleds! Sitting at the top of the hill, that rush fills you excitement.

Walworth County has such a unique geological history, that has textured the landscape creating great opportunities for winter fun with moraines and hills for lots of sledding! Grab the kids or that kid inside of you, pull out your sled and check out one of these hills:

Burlington

Beverly-Jo Park | 367 Dunford Dr.

Fox River Park | 9521 304th Ave.

Steinhoff Park | 833 Cedar Dr.

Darien

Wildwood Park | Sweet Rd. & Wildwood Dr.

Delavan

Robert H. Miller Park | High St. & N. 7th St.

Rudy Lange Sledding Hill | Washington St. & Terrace St.

Swan Creek Trail | West Side

East Troy

North of Mitchell Park | 3090 Graydon Rd.

Pulliam Nature Area | 1824 Thomas Dr.

West Kettle Nature Area | 1825 Thomas Dr.

Lake Geneva

City of Lake Geneva Sledding Hill | Sage St. & Mill St.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa | 7036 Grand Geneva Way

Whitewater

Trippe Lake Park | 407 S. Wisconsin St.

Nordic Trail, Kettle Moraine State Forest | N9084 County Hwy. H

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Have you found a special sledding hill to add to this list?  Let us know!  Comment below with the hill name & location.

Check out a full list of great winter fun and events in Walworth County at, VisitWalworthCounty.com!

Get Snow Much Savings in 2019

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From skiing to ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing and ice boating, Walworth County, Wisconsin is truly ‘Snow Much Fun’ in the winter season. Outside activities are not the only option. Walworth County also has plenty to do inside, including luxurious spas, unique stores, dinner theaters and shows, art galleries and two indoor waterparks.
The Walworth County Visitors Bureau has put together a free coupon book to make the winter experience even more affordable. There’s more than $500 in savings on lodging, dining, skiing, indoor activities, area attractions and more. To receive a free coupon book, contact the Walworth County Visitors Bureau at (262) 728-6000, e-mail info@visitwalworthcounty.com or go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/snow-much to order a coupon book online.

“This year’s coupon book has many great offers,” states Kathleen Seeberg, Executive Director at the Walworth County Visitors Bureau. “From family fun to a romantic getaway, Walworth County has snow much to offer in the winter. And since the coupons are valid until April 15, there’s still plenty of time to get away to the Lake Geneva area for some fun and save.”

Also, do not forget to check out the amazing Snow Much Fun experiences we are giving away each week on Facebook. Find the post of the week, and click on the link to be entered for a chance to win “Snow Much Fun” in Walworth County. Follow us on Facebook at GreaterLakeGenevaArea.

For more information about Snow Much Fun coupon book,

go to VisitWalworthCounty.com

Winter Festivals in Walworth County 2019

Winter is the best time to make memories with your friends and loved ones. The closer you are, the warmer you stay! There is no better place to come and celebrate the thrills of winter! Each community celebrates the season in their own way, but exciting activities and great ways to stay warm take place in abundance in Walworth County.


Hot ChocolateFest

Friday, January 18 – Sunday, January 20

burlington_hot chocolatefest2019Folks will be kicking off the winter celebration with a large creamy cup of hot chocolate at Burlington’s annual Hot ChocolateFest. Anything you could possibly associate with winter will be included in these three days. Break out your winter woolies to enjoy open skating on Echo Lake, ice bowling, snowman decorating contests, and broom ball. Then warm up with hot chocolate, storytelling around campfires, and a chili contest. This weekend will also include live music, a Winter Artisan Faire, and a scavenger hunt for the kids. Warm up those dancing shoes at the Old fashioned “Sock Hop”, then wrap up the weekend fun with a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday.


Winterfest
  Town of Delavan

Saturday, January 19, 11:30 am – 5 pm

town of delavan winterfestOn the shore of frozen Delavan Lake, the Community Park pavilion will resonate with the sounds of hot jazz from the Elkhorn, Big Foot and Delavan-Darien High School Jazz Bands at the Town of Delavan’s Winterfest. Food and drinks will be available to satisfy you while you purchase your 50/50 raffle tickets to help support the Delavan-Darien Arts Booster Club and the Friends of the Park. Locals and visitors alike will be excited about the door prizes; this is your chance to win season boat passes or two season non-resident passes. Make sure you take advantage of the Free Fishing Day, also on January 19th, on all state lakes and streams! Details for Winterfest and the DNR’s Free Fishing Day can be found on the Walworth County Visitors Bureau’s events calendar.


Winterfest Lake Geneva

Saturday, January 26 – Sunday, February 3

vlg_snowsculptingevenphotoFor nine days, Winterfest takes over the city and the shore line of Geneva Lake in downtown Lake Geneva. Walking down Wrigley Drive you will see the infamous sculptures created for the U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition and the Ice Castles decorating the shoreline. Throughout the city, you will find a plethora of events that make up this elaborate winter celebration. Events include, but are not limited to: Hovercraft Experiences, Dinner & Dance Party, Human Dog Sled races, Souper Family Fun Night, a Food and Wine Pairing, The Supper Club Experience, Kids’ Snow Sculpting Lessons, the Winterfest Showcase, Cocoa Crawl, Chilly Jiggers Ice Fishing Derby, Helicopter Rides, the Polar Bar, Chili Cook-Off, Live Music, and Candlelight Hike. Details for all of these events can be found on the Walworth County Visitors Bureau’s events calendar.


Winter Carnival

Saturday, February 2, 10 am – 5 pm

Winter Carnival Grand Geneva.jpgGrand Geneva’s Winter Carnival hosts skiing, snowboarding and fun snow activities for the whole family to enjoy! If you have got the skills, take part in their Ski Boarder Cross and Rail Jam competitions or just enjoy the festivities all over The Mountain Top. If you’re not a skier, relax in the Beer Tent and let the kids tackle free activities made just for them. The festivities will conclude with a beautiful fireworks display and the Torch Light Hillside Parade at 8:30 pm.


Day In The Bay

Saturday, February 2, 10 am – 5 pm
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Come chill out on the other side of the lake for Day in the Bay! Pick up a passport at the Barrett Memorial Library and collect your stamps as you visit Williams Bay businesses for the chance to win free raffle prizes. There will be free children’s activities at Privatos Restaurant from noon to 3 pm, with a children’s raffle at 3:30 pm.

Sky Circus On Ice
Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17

skycircus web adSky Circus on Ice hosts professional kite teams from around the world to showcase their skills during this winter festival on the shore of Delavan Lake. You can only truly enjoy the awe and wonder in person. Expert snow sculptors and ice carvers will also demonstrate their skills along the shore of Lake Lawn Resort and the historic brick street in downtown Delavan.

 

Delavan Train Show
Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10

Facebook Event Cover Photo 2.jpgDelavan hosts one of the largest train shows in the Midwest, featuring operating layouts in multiple scales. See some of the most exciting layouts from the ‘big’ shows as well as beautiful local layouts. This is a big train show with all the comforts of the small town atmosphere. Located in the center of historic downtown Delavan. This family-friendly event has loads of fun and free admission for all!

Maple Fest 
Sunday, March 17, 7:30 am – 3 pm
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A stack of hot cakes is just not complete without a layer of maple syrup over the top! On March 17, Covenant Harbor will be serving an all-you-care-to-eat pancake breakfast and selling all sorts of maple deliciousness at Maple Fest. This festival will show all the things Covenant Harbor has to offer; explore the grounds, learn more about the family activities available, and enjoy a maple syrup tour, and much more.

 

For more detailed information about these festivals,

visit our events calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com.

 

 

Ring In 2019 in the Lake Geneva Area!

We invite you to celebrate the New Year with us.  From family friendly events to live music to delicious menus – we have everything you may need to ring in the New Year in style!

New Year’s Eve:

Legends of CountryHappy Noon Year at Lions Field House in Williams Bay – celebrate the New Year with games, activities, food, mocktails, balloon drop, & more from 11 am – 1 pm – sponsored by the Barret Memorial Library and the Williams Bay Recreation Department.

New Year’s Eve at The Mountain Top in Lake Geneva – ski or snowboard your way into the New Year from 12 – 9 pm.

Legends of Country at The Fireside in Fort Atkinson – two opening performances on New Year’s Eve to start the year out right – at 12 pm & 6 pm.

Light It Up – New Years At Noon at Rosewood in Delavan – all the festivities of a New Year’s Eve celebration with an earlier bedtime! 11:30 am cocktail reception, 12:30 pm dining, 2 pm show.

New Year's Eve 2018New Year’s Eve 2018 at Studio Winery in Lake Geneva – wine, music, and great people from 4 pm – 9 pm.

New Year’s Eve at Grand Cafe at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva – enjoy a prime rib & seafood buffet from 4 – 10 pm.

New Year’s Eve at the Duck Inn in Delavan – a delicious menu celebrating the New Year with style at one of Walworth County’s Supper Clubs from 4 pm – 2 am.

NYE Celebration at Stefana’s in Lake Geneva – ring in the New Year with friends, dancing, great cocktails & Cork N Classics from 4:30 pm – 1 pm.

Gordy's New Year's EveGordy’s New Year’s Eve in Fontana – culinary & cocktail specials all evening and a late night party with a DJ & dancing – the party runs from 5 pm – 2 am.

New Year’s Dinner at Crafted Americana at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva – celebrate in the romantic rustic-chic restaurant with panoramic lake views and a luscious prime rib buffet dinner form 5 – 9 pm.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Hunt Club in Lake Geneva – ring in & relish the New Year with a celebratory three course meal from 5 – 10 pm.

New Year’s Eve at The Geneva Inn in Lake Geneva – ring in 2019 like it’s 1920 with a five course prix fixe menu and live entertainment from 5 pm – 12 am.

Lake Lawn ResortNew Year’s Eve Celebration at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan – offering multiple NYE parties for all ages – everyone has a chance to celebrate the New Year! Party from 5 pm – 1 am.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at 240° West at The Abbey Resort in Fontana – indulge in the romance of starting the New Year with that special someone at 240° West form 5 – 10 pm.

New Year’s Eve at Ristorante Brissago at Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva – enjoy a five course menu including a champagne toast from 5:30 – 11 pm.

The LoungeRing In The New Year at The Lounge at the Delavan Lake Store in Delavan – celebrate the New Year at The Lounge from 6 – 10 pm.

Light It Up – New Year’s Gala at Rosewood in Delavan – an extraordinary New Year’s Eve experience including a midnight countdown and champagne toast. Cocktail & cheese reception at 6:30 pm, dining at 7:30 pm, and show & dancing at 9 pm.

The Ridge HotelNew Year’s Eve Celebration & Cocktail Party at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva – ring in the New Year with a cocktail party, champagne toast, and a concert featuring Nashville’s High South from 9 pm – 1 am.

New Year’s Eve at PIER 290 in Williams Bay – great food, drinks, & music that will rock you from one year into the next form 9 pm – 1 am.

New Year’s Party at Abbey Springs in Fontana – Ian Ash will perform a duo show with bassist Chivo from 9 pm – 1 am.

Dirty CanteenLive Music at Alpine Valley Resort in East Troy – Dirty Canteen is rocking in the New Year from 9:30 pm – 1:30 am.

New Year’s Day:

New Year’s Day Brunch at The Abbey Resort in Fontana – 240° West is offering a spectacular New Year’s Day brunch from 9 am – 1 pm.

Pajama JamPajama Jam Brunch at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva – break out those bunny slippers & boogie over to Crafted Americana for a brunch with a Bloody Mary Bar and a DJ from 9 am – 2 pm.

New Year’s Day Bloody Mary Brunch at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan – a bountiful array of breakfast and lunch fare with a build your own Bloody Mary Bar from 9:30 am – 2:30 am.

New Year’s Day Buffet at Stefana’s in Lake Geneva – enjoy the first meal of the New Year with an all you can eat buffet from 11 am – 6 pm.

Snow GolfSnow Golf at Hawk’s View Golf Club in Lake Geneva – 4 person scramble, 9 holes, so much fun starting at 11 am.

Light It Up – New Year’s Day Brunch at Rosewood in Delavan – a cocktail reception at 11:30 am, dining at 12:30 pm, and a show at 2 pm.

Turn the New Year’s holiday in to a mini-getaway, with many of the area’s resorts and hotels offering packages that include overnight accommodations, special dining options and entertainment.

Reservations are highly recommended or required for most of the activities – please see the listings online or call for more information.

For details on each of these New Year’s events and more, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com or call (262) 728-6000.

Santa Sightings: December 22-23, 2018

The last weekend before he leaves to head back to the North Pole to deliver presents to all of the children.  If you haven’t had a chance to get him your list, here are the places he will be this weekend.

Saturday, December 22

Breakfast With Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – Evergreen Ballroom,
Lake Geneva
(262) 249-4788, www.grandgeneva.com

Lake Lawn Breakfast With SantaBreakfast With Santa | 8:30 – 10 am
Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan
(262) 728-6000, www.lakelawnresort.com

Breakfast With Santa | 9 – 10:30 am
Baker House, Lake Geneva
(262) 248-4700, www.bakerhouse1885.com

Santa’s Hours | 11 am – 1 pm
Bradley’s Department Store, Delavan
www.delavanwi.org

Santa In His WorkshopVisit Santa in his Workshop | 11 am – 2 pm
Santa’s Temporary Workshop, Lake Geneva
(262) 395-8128, www.streetsoflakegeneva.com

Santa In The Chalet | 2 – 4 pm
Downtown, Burlington
(262) 763-6044, www.burlingtonchamber.org

Santa Visits | 2 – 4 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – Lobby, Lake Geneva
(262) 248-8811, www.grandgeneva.com

Santa CoveSanta’s Coming to The Cove | 3 – 5 pm
The Cove of Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva
(262) 249-9460, www.coveoflakegeneva.com

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 9:30 pm
Lake Geneva Cruise Line – Winter Harbor, Williams Bay
(262) 248-6206,
www.santacruiselakegeneva.com

Sunday, December 23

Grand Geneva SantaBreakfast With Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – Evergreen Ballroom, Lake Geneva
(262) 249-4788, www.grandgeneva.com

Jolly Old St. Nicholas at The Abbey Brunch | 10 am – 1 pm
The Abbey Resort – 240° West, Fontana
(262) 275-9000, www.theabbeyresort.com

Santa CruiseSanta In The Chalet | 2 – 4 pm
Downtown, Burlington
(262) 763-6044, www.burlingtonchamber.org

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Lake Geneva Cruise Line – Winter Harbor, Williams Bay
(262) 248-6206, www.santacruiselakegeneva.com

For more information on holiday fun, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com
or call (262) 728-6000
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