Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Lake Geneva

By Shelby Rowe Moyer  

Take a Cruise

It’s now a leisurely activity but taking a commercial boat across the lake used to be a necessity. The predecessor of the Lake Geneva Cruise Line was an essential means of transportation, considering a road encircling the entire lake wasn’t constructed until 1906. You can get a taste of that experience through one of the many Lake Geneva Cruise Line tours — from ice cream socials, to luncheons, to the U.S. mailboat tour—that offer narrated histories of the area. Plus, you get to view the stunning residential architecture from the water. 

Go Fishing

Sometimes having a guide to steer you around the lake—with all the equipment provided—is just the ticket for the perfect fishing day. Guide Ide Inland Fishing Service is ready to take you on popular area lakes, and all you need to bring is your fishing license and a cooler. They’ll take you out on their 1875 Lund Impact Mercury 150 HP for a morning, evening or night fishing trip to catch anything from bass to walleye to trout. Rates range from $150 to $250 for a five-hour block, and additional people can be added for up to $75 each.

Rent a Boat

No boat? No problem! Elmer’s Lake Geneva Boat Line has you covered with a variety of boat rentals that are perfect for a family or group outing on the water. Zip around on a three-person wave runner, kick back on a pontoon boat, or charter the company’s 30-foot sailboat. Whatever you choose, we’re betting the experience will inspire future adventures.

Try Your Hand at Watersports

We all know how much locals and visitors love their water sports. Clear Water Outdoor offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals for those that don’t want to worry about lugging their own around or who want to try something new. Rentals are available at its downtown Lake Geneva location or at The Ridge Hotel on Lake Como and can be reserved for just an hour or up to an entire week.

A Hike for You and Your Pup

Big Foot Beach State Park is a great place to go for a little exercise with beautiful views. Leash up your four-legged friend and explore the more than six miles of hiking trails. The beach is currently closed, but the campground is open. Note: An annual pass is required to visit Big Foot Beach State Park. You can purchase one online at dnr.wi.gov.