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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Your Whitewater Adventure Awaits! Explore Sample Itineraries.
Hometown Holiday Itinerary
Candlelight Ski/Hike: Enjoy the magic of a hike 2mi under the stars on the Nordic Trail.
The BEST Hot Cocoa: Pick up your perfect cup of cocoa to warm you as you continue your winter adventure.
Tour the Neighborhood Lights: What is more of a delight than admiring all the Christmas lighting throughout the area neighborhoods?
Ice Castles: This winter jaw dropper is just a short drive away from Whitewater. These hand-crafted icicles will leave you breathless. It’ll be chilly, so head back to cozy up in a room at The Hamilton House B&B or The Fairfield Inn.
The BEST Holiday Desserts: Grab your favorite holiday themed desserts to enjoy at home or back in your hotel room!
Spring Fling Itinerary
Reserve a room at Victoria on Main or Hamilton House. After a day of traveling, exploring, and eating, you’ll want a cozy place to rest. Then treat yourself to a picnic platter at Staller Estate Winery among the vines.
The Blackhawk Segment of the Ice Age Trail and the Rice Lake loop offer glimpses of new growth and beautiful views of Lake Lorraine and Rice Lake.
Young Auditorium has a number of great shows planned. Make sure to enjoy dinner at a local eatery before the show Visit. Perhaps a drive-in movie at Whitewater Cinemas! Indulging in popcorn, candy, and a good movie from the comfort of your car.
The Fuzzy Pig country mall and have a drink at Whiney’s Wine & Craft Beer Haus! Vintage finds and a delicious cocktail? A stop in The Book Teller for a few books or local art and handmade products.
Spooky Spooky Itinerary:
Whitewater, WI, has a dark side filled with local folklore and shadowy historical figures. The legends, lurking amongst the dark corridors of our little slice of the Midwest leads to a surprising story.
It all started with the Morris Pratt Institute, the educational leader in the study of spiritualism. Followers participated in seances within the institute’s “white room,” lifting the veil between our world and the world beyond.
Whitewater is known as “Second Salem,” thanks in part to the infamous water tower known as The Witches Tower. It is said that witches lurked through tunnels to meet at the tower.
Forming a “Witches Triangle”, three cemeteries hold the key to some of the more treacherous of Whitewater’s legends like famed Mary Worth also know as Bloody Mary.
Experience the spooks and scares for yourself on the annual Spirit Tour in October. The event is hosted by the Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce.
Foodie lovers Itinerary
Whitewater is for food lovers. What’s a vacation without trying out as much local flavor as possible? Whitewater celebrates its diversity of dining choices.
Fuel up with a hot beverage to-go from The SweetSpot Cafe before a stroll along Cravath Lake. Or, a classic American-diner breakfast at Jessica’s Restaurant. Look for the famous Eat at Jessica’s neon sign.
Keep it casual at Casual Joe’s for b-b-q food. Taco Fresco for creative takes on classic tacos. For special occasions reserve a table at Fanatico for authentic Italian cuisine and highly attentive waitstaff. Or The Black Sheep for creative takes on classic American dishes.
The Whitewater City Market, located at the historic Train Depot, celebrates farmers, artisans, and producers. This outdoor event includes food carts, live music, and craft beer! Second Salem pays homage to Whitewater’s haunts and legends with an assortment of brews and outstanding pub food. 841 Brewhouse features a traditional pub experience of mouthwatering food and lively libations. Sip the afternoon away with at Staller Estate Vineyard and Winery picnic with a view of the surrounding vineyard.
Great Outdoors Itinerary
Fresh air, rolling hills, and endless opportunities for amazing adventures await you in Whitewater, WI! Pack your bag and grab your most adventurous friends for hours of outdoor play alongside the gorgeous natural landscapes of Wisconsin.
An early morning hike along the Ice Age Trail is a great start to the day! A variety of hiking, walking, running and biking trails await you at The Kettle Moraine State Park Southern Unit.
Throw a towel in the car and head over to Whitewater Lake Beach! Spend the afternoon under the summer sun. Cast a line in the water. You’re bound to catch a plethora of scaly swimmers like Northern Pike, Walleye, Bass, and Bluegill. As the sun begins to set, jump into a kayak for a gentle paddle. Experiencing the sights and sounds of local wildlife is the perfect end to your outdoor adventure.
After a long day outside check into a cozy bed & breakfast for incredible accommodations, a scrumptious morning meal and outstanding hospitality. Reserve a room at the Hamilton House or Victoria On Main to make your trip one to remember!
Summer Fun Itinerary
Arrive Friday evening, check into your lodging option of choice.
Walk downtown for a hand crafted dinner. Rest well.
Indulge in a hearty breakfast at the local dinner, cafe or prepared by your innkeeper.
Pick up a picnic fixins to enjoy at the park. Bike the back roads to the lakes, stopping at the artisan well to fill up your water bottle.
Rent a kayak to explore the lake.
Bike back to freshen up before hitting up a local brewery for dinner and a brew…or two.
Relax in your hot tub suite with visions of another great breakfast.
On your way out of town, stop by the local winery.
Or, How about hang gliding over campus?