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.

Check out the directory below for details on a variety of activities for you to

experience during your next trip to Whitewater.

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Sports RecreationHome to some of the best outdoor

recreation in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine South, you’ll find a plethora of

hiking, biking, skiing opportunities, and an incredible selection of water

activities available at Rice Lake or Whitewater Lake Beach.

Plus, enjoy water play all year long at the Whitewater Aquatic Center,

which is full of organized programs for visitors and residents alike.

Hike, bike, walk or run alongside

history on the Ice Age Trail leading to some deeply historical sites of

Whitewater’s past. Pack your bag with everything you’ll need, strap on your

comfiest shoes, and prepare for a day of peace and quiet with nature. Whether

hiking alone or with a crew, you’ll enjoy some scenic views with the

opportunity to simply get away from it all.

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RecreationH: A Walk

on the Wild Side in Whitewater, WISH: Hike, bike, walk, or run your way through our

scenic parks and trails.

Whitewater is the premiere

location for all things outdoorsy and adventurous! With over 20 parks in the

Whitewater area, you’ll find the perfect place for exploration of all kinds. Take

a peek at some of the more popular options for outdoor adventure.

Hike the Trails!For fans of hiking, walking, or

running, there are multiple trails ready to host your next #optoutside adventure.

The Ice Age Trail has two trail loops for varying levels of experience

and expertise. The Nordic Trail Head lies completely within the Kettle

Moraine State Forest South. Plus, it has capabilities for cross-country skiing

and sledding when there’s an adequate amount of snow. Whitewater’s Cravath

Lakefront Park offers a well-maintained, picturesque spot for picnics,

fishing, and lounging under the warmth of the sun.

Two Wheels are Better

Than NoneWith two popular trail systems,

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 from

1.25-12 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 WavesEnjoy some of the best water

play 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 not only has boating and

kayaking, but there’s opportunity to plan a beach day 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 DownRemember 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.

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outdoor recreation information!

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