Visitor Informaiton

Discover Whitewater

Nestled within the forest, lakes, prairies, and hills of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin, visitor’s flock to Whitewater for its many recreational opportunities. Visitors return to enjoy the outstanding hospitality of the local businesses.

Relax during your Whitewater at one of the local lodging options. Whitewater offers traditional hotels, the personalized service of bed and breakfasts, or the natural beauty of campgrounds.

As you experience Whitewater, one thing you will notice is the friendly, caring people who will welcome you. We’ve been waiting for your visit and look forward to showing you our city.

A fountain sits in front of the Cultural Arts Center in Whitewater, WI

Water Recreation

The area’s lakes offer a great variety of recreation. There are public beaches, picnic areas, boating, and fishing to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. A cool spring bubbles up in Nature Land County Park, an ideal spot to cool off while enjoying the country side. make sure to fill your water bottles at the Flowing Well. This Artesian well flows year round from underground aquafers, GPS: 42.798925,-88.715157. In the summer, there are ski shows on Whitewater Lake by the Minneiska Ski team which provides for a night of entertainment with great music, costumes, and exciting performances. In the winter you can find Whitewater Lake scattered with ice shanties as fisherman compete in the Lions Annual February “Fish-A-Ree.”



Whitewater, Wisconsin, is home to some incredible celebrations and activities. Everyone’s favorite hometown style Independence day celebration tops the list. This multiple day festival features live music, great food, family carnival, two nights of fireworks and more. Other Highlights include: theater, galleries, guided hikes, city markets, concerts in the park, festivals and much more. From the Discover Whitewater Series marathon to our famous Sprit Tour event organizers try to always keep our events fresh and exciting either with modern twists on the tried-and-true programs or introducing soon-to-be favorites whenever possible. So, what are you waiting for? The only thing missing is YOU! Check out our events calendar to start planning!

Arts and Culture

For the folks fond of the arts, Whitewater offers artful finds from incredible galleries to awesome theatre productions. Being close to UW-W, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the cultural activities available throughout the school year put on by college students and local groups. The Whitewater Arts Alliance and Studio 84 are hotspots for amazing exhibits and hands-on programs to keep your creative flow burning bright! Several opportunities exist year round to enjoy live entertainment. Young Auditorium hosts professional theater through out the school year. Concerts in various parks are held through out the summer months.

Kayak Whitewater Lake

Outdoor Activities

This unique and beautiful city offers a variety of opportunities for those who love biking (on-road and off-road), golf, hiking, hang gliding, skiing, swimming, fishing and boating.

Whether you prefer the exciting challenge of trail riding or the paved country roads, Whitewater is the destination for you. Nestled at the tip of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and Ice Age Trail, recreation opportunities abound with a variety of trail loops and connecting road routes. The John Muir and Emma Carlin trails provide a variety loops for all skill levels. Like something a little more low key? Check out the more than 160 miles of country road loops meandering through the fields and forests of Walworth, Jefferson and Rock counties. In Whitewater you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, take part in fun festivals, explore historical architecture, and cheer on your favorite athlete. Choose your adventure.

Explore the following directory for a variety of experiences in the Whitewater area.

Whitewater Visitors’ Directory

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Hike, bike, walk, or run your way through our scenic parks and trails. Whitewater is the premiere location for Outdoor adventure. With well over 20 parks in the Whitewater area, you’ll find the perfect place for exploration of all kinds.

Hike the Trails! For fans of hiking, walking, or running, there are multiple trails ready to host your next outside adventure. The Kettle Moraine Southern Unit has multiple trail loops for varying levels of experience. The Nordic Trail has capabilities for cross-country skiing and sledding. The Ice Age Trail allows you to explore land formations left by the last glaciation. Whitewater’s Cravath Lakefront Park, host to various festivals, events and concerts, offers a well-maintained, picturesque spot for picnics, fishing, and lounging under the warmth of the sun.

Two Wheels are Better Than None! Beginner bicyclists and expert off-roaders alike can experience the thrills of powerful upward drives and the relief of those bunny hills! Test your skills on the moderately intense John Muir Trail System with 6 loops ranging from1.25-12 miles long. Or, break an immediate sweat on the Emma Carlin Trail System as it winds through the Kettle Moraine with three difficult loops. Both trails offer picturesque views of pines, hardwoods, lowlands, and moraine.

Make Waves! Enjoy some of the best waterplay in the great state of Wisconsin. At Rice Lake, you’ll have the opportunity to kayak into a gorgeous sunset while you take in the sights and sounds of Wisconsin wildlife. Or, hop on a jet ski, boat at your leisure, or even fish all afternoon! There’s even a park area with a playground for the kiddos to burn off some energy. Whitewater Lake features a sandy beach for leisurely day in the sun or family BBQ! Don’t forget to grab your picnic basket and your fishing rods for a fun day outside. Water fun doesn’t stop when the weather feels bitter. The Whitewater Aquatic & Fitness Center offers indoor slides, pools, and water programs to keep the fun going all year long with day passes available for purchase.

Bogey Down! Remember to pack the golf clubs before leaving for Whitewater. Explore the variety of golf courses located in the area. Prairie Woods Golf Course, with its forested greenway, offers a pristine experience lined with 100-year-old trees and hilly terrain. Spring Creek Golf Center sets the tone for a full golf experience with a plethora of activities and programs available for all ages and levels of expertise. A beautiful 9-hole golf course, Willow Brook Golf Course satisfies any golfing ability. Plus, they serve it up off the course with amazing food and a full bar available in the club.

See sample itineraries below for more detail.

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