Things to do in Green Lake during the winter.

While Green Lake is mainly known for its summer time fun, this small Wisconsin community is a true hidden winter wonderland. This lakeside town is especially beautiful covered in a pristine blanket of white snow. It can certainly get cold here during the winter months, but that doesn’t stop the locals from putting on their layers and exploring the outdoors.

Read more about our favorite things to do in Big Green Lake during the winter months.

Ice Fishing

Deep below the ice of Big Green Lake, a winter fisherman’s paradise awaits. The lake has healthy populations of walleye, bass, northern pike and lake trout during the winter months just too name a few. During safe ice times, anglers will set up camp on the ice and be able to catch most species of fish. New to ice fishing? A number of fishing guide services in the area can set you up with all the equipment you need to start your ice fishing experience here in Green Lake.

Ice Sailing

When the temperature goes down, the sails go up with one of Green Lake’s oldest winter traditions – ice sailing. For over 100 years, the Green Lake Ice Yacht Club has bee hosting ice sailing competition and sharing the rarely heard of sport with newbies. If you happen to see the sails of winter’s be sure to head to the ice for a thrill ride across the frozen waters.

Ice Skating

Winter isn’t fun without ice skating. Whether you can glide like a champion or need the support of a loved one to stay on two feet, ice skating in Green Lake is a wonderful winter activity the entire family can enjoy or even something a romantic couple can do to spend time with each other. When the weather conditions are right, ice skaters and hockey players cruise to the rink at Green Lake Wharf to skate under the winter lights. At the Heidel House Resort, you’ll find a beautiful lake side skating rink, complete with a special lane designated for ice bowling. If you want to head a little out of town, there is also an ice skating rink in nearby Ripon at the Village Green.


If you are planning a winter vacation here in Green Lake be sure to come prepared and bring your sleds. Zoebel Park hosts some wonderful hills for sledding for the entire family. Relive your your youth and enjoy the rolling hills for a sledding adventure and some winter exercise. When the fun is complete, be sure to grab a cup of hot cocoa at one of the many area coffee or candy shops.


If you prefer the power of a 150 horsepower engine, you can try out snowmobiling in Green Lake. Snowmobiling allows you to explore off the beaten path and access areas you would not be able to get to on skis or snowshoes. South Central Wisconsin offers some of the most scenic natural snowmobile trails anywhere in the state traveling through woodlands, rolling hills and frozen marshes.

Click here for more information on the Green Lake County trails and weather updates.

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

There are many excellent trail systems in Green Lake just waiting to be explored on cross country skis or snowshoes. For cross country skiing, be sure to check out the Green Lake Conservancy, a protected natural area, just outside the town limits. You will also fin some fantastic trails at the Green Lake Conference Center. The trails at Mecan River Outfitters provides over 15 miles of wooded scenery through pines, hardwoods and wetlands. The snowshoeing trails are open during this time of year at The Heidel, House, Tecumbria Golf Course and Green Lake Conference Center. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are great ways to view the magnificent winter landscapes in Green Lake, while getting some great exercise as well.

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