Best Picnic Spots in and near the Lake Geneva Area


What’s better than dining alfresco in the late summer sun? Many Lake Geneva restaurants offer an outdoor dining option, but when you’re looking for something a little less crowded and more nature-focused, pack up a picnic and head to one of our favorite picnic spots in the Lake Geneva area. Here are a few ideas:

Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva: This state park property on the shore of Buttons Bay in Lake Geneva offers 40 acres of picnic area with 150 tables and some charcoal grills. If you’re picnicking with a large group or want to bring your pets, contact the park attendants for reservable shelters and pet-designated spaces. Smaller groups are accommodated on a first-come, first served basis, but keep in mind: this park can get very busy on weekends in the summer! (Note: A Wisconsin DNR vehicle admission sticker is required for all vehicles.)

Phoenix Park, Delavan: A historic park in the city of Delavan, Phoenix Park offers playground equipment, plentiful shade trees and the Delavan Park Bandshell, which maintains an active schedule of free music throughout the summer. Bring a picnic and enjoy the show!

Duck Pond Recreation Area, Fontana: This public park area in Fontana is off the beaten path and contains hiking trails and playground equipment as well as fields for softball, baseball, soccer and a Frisbee golf course. A picnic pavilion is available to rent for larger groups.

White River County Park, Lake Geneva: This 200-acre nature preserve along the White River east of Lake Geneva offers beautiful views of the White River (Geneva Lake’s outlet) as well two miles of hiking trails, a kayak launch and a picnic shelter on the site of an historic farm property.

Natureland Park, Whitewater: Part of the Walworth County Park system, Natureland is located on 122 acres at the south end of Whitewater Lake. Enjoy four hiking trails, picnic tables with lake views and a picnic shelter or log cabin that are available to reserve for larger gatherings.

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