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USA/Midwest: Lake Geneva, WI

Newport of the West


Walks and Hikes

Geneva Lake Shore Path: Walking the perimeter of Lake Geneva provides intimate views of the area’s most famous mansions and restored estates. Most visitors are surprised to learn that the entire shoreline is publicly accessible. The shore path follows a footpath originally used by the Potawatomi Indians. The entire journey around the lake is approximately 21 miles. Though possible to accomplish on a long summer day, most people enjoy breaking the journey into several shorter adventures. 


The Blue Route: It extends from downtown Lake Geneva to Lake Geneva Middle School along an old railroad corridor. It’s the longest route and connects with all other cycling routes.

The Green Route: It provides parking and runs from Country Road H to Veteran’s Park along Townline Road.

The Red Route: Constructed in conjunction with the Highway 120 bypass, the route travels from County Road H north along the east side of Edwards Boulevard. 

The Brown Route: It travels from Bonnie Brae Lane to Edwards Boulevard along Bloomfield Road and South Street.

The Yellow Route: It circles the Lake Geneva Business Park pond and runs through Veterans Park. 


Lake Geneva Cruise Line provides boat tours offering historical narration about the estates and mansions that line the shores of Geneva Lake. The company’s fleet of historic, restored lake yachts (many originally steam-powered) operates from mid-April to mid-November from the Riviera Docks in downtown Lake Geneva. Part of the Lake Geneva Cruise Line fleet, the U.S. mail boat Walworth carries on a unique tradition, with passenger aboard, that began in 1870. The boat delivers mail to about 60 lakeside homes, the only marine mail delivery in the United States. 

Elmer's Lake Geneva Boat Line rents motorboats, pontoon boats, and WaveRunners. Catamaran sailing trips for up to 20 people with a captain and another crew member can also be booked.

Kayaking and Canoeing

Clear Water Outdoor on Main Street rents kayaks, canoes or a stand-up paddleboard.

Conventional watercraft can be rented from Elmer’s Lake Geneva Boat Line, a family owned business in operation since 1929. Your unique experience could include a speedboat, wave runner, or a relaxing sailboat ride on a 30-foot catamaran. The company is owned and staffed by boating enthusiasts who guarantee the cleanliness and condition of their watercraft, which all come fully-equipped, including free gas.

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