Mar 24, 2019
Endless Shores of Wisconsin abound with recreation and so much more across Calumet, Fond du Lac and Winnebago counties
Endless Shores of Wisconsin truly is what our name suggests – an endless array of possibilities, by water or by land, to enjoy outstanding recreation, adventure, nature, dining, entertainment, history, sightseeing and an endless amount fun.
You’ll find Endless Shores of Wisconsin centrally located in the state and easy to get to, no matter where you’re traveling from. With Lake Winnebago as the “crown jewel” of the Endless Shores region, you and your family can enjoy water sports of all sorts, in all seasons – but of course, there’s so much more.
With more than 88 miles of Lake Winnebago shoreline to be enjoyed across three counties, the Endless Shores area is the perfect location to relax, refresh and revive the soul. It’s a time to log off, shut down and go outside. It’s a place to escape the ordinary and get lost outdoors. Your next adventure starts at Endless Shores.
Lake Winnebago is Wisconsin’s largest inland lake, and arguably its most important fishery. The walleye fishing on Lake Winnebago is widely thought to be some of the best in the country. Anglers come from miles around to try their hand at Winnebago’s jumbo perch, while bass anglers across the Midwest are beginning to take notice of Lake Winnebago’s excellent fishing for both largemouth and smallmouth. Don’t forget about the always popular sturgeon spearing for approximately two weeks every February.
Along with fishing, adventurers can also find an abundance of other recreation on the lake. Sailing, kayaking, water skiing or relaxing along the shore are among the most popular pastimes during the summer. The Endless Shores region is also well known for its many waterfront dining restaurants.
The lake is part of a system that includes Lake Butte des Morts, Lake Poygan and Lake Winneconne as well as the Wolf and Fox rivers. It’s a nearly endless amount of water and an endless amount of fun!
Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit
Explore and enjoy almost 30,000 acres of rolling hills, lakes, forests and grasslands given to us 15,000 years ago during the Ice Age, when the Endless Shores region lay under the grip of colossal ice sheets.
The forest comes alive during spring and melds into the summer season providing picturesque horseback riding, camping, bicycling, hiking and fishing. Fall in love with the explosion of colors as you meander through winding roads and trails during the autumn season.
Winter provides excellent opportunities and beautiful scenery for skiing, snowmobiling and tubing. Then watch as the forest comes alive during the spring season. Nature educational programs for adults and children are offered year-round in the forest.
High Cliff State Park
High Cliff State Park is the only state-owned recreational area on Lake Winnebago. The park gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. This multi-tiered park offers a marina, boat launches, trails and swimming area at lake level.
Take a journey up the Niagara Escarpment for a picturesque, bird’s-eye view of the lake below. Once there, you’ll find wooded campsites, trails for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking. Climb the 40-foot lookout tower and be sure to get your picture taken with the nearby 12-foot statue of Winnebago Chief Red Bird, standing high on a huge granite rock. A vehicle admission sticker is required to enter the park.
Battle on Bago
Battle on Bago is Oshkosh’s largest fishing tournament of the year. For one weekend every February and one weekend every June, anglers from all over the Midwest converge on Lake Winnebago. Battle on Bago is a family-friendly event that is as much fun for young anglers as it is for seasoned professionals.
The winter edition of Battle on Bago – the largest ice fishing tournament in the country – awards more than $275,000 in cash and prizes, while the summer edition awards more than $125,000 in cash and prizes. With the structure of how the prizes are awarded, anyone has a chance to go home a winner. Music, food, fun and, of course, fishing have made the Battle on Bago fishing tournaments two of the most popular in the Midwest, if not the country.
Discover the beauty and natural wonders of the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States.
Begin your adventure at Marsh Haven Nature Center with displays, live animals and hiking trails. Whether you visit for an afternoon or a weekend, Horicon Marsh Boat Tours is the ideal place to find Wisconsin's hottest birdwatching spots.
The Education and Visitor Center features a spectacular marsh viewing area with its three-sided glass walls focusing out to the marsh. Located in the lower level of the center is the Explorium where one can get a glimpse of life at the marsh thousands of years before it came to be what we know it as today.
Supper Club Capital of the Midwest
You don’t need a membership to be part of the most delicious club around.
Enjoy steaks, seafood and homemade specialties at several multi-generationally owned restaurants in the area. You can even find some of these gems lakeside, such as Jim and Linda’s Lakeview Supper Club in Pipe or Blanck’s Lake Aire Supper Club outside of North Fond du Lac.
The Calumet County area is known as the Supper Club Capital of the Midwest. Here alone you’ll find 17 supper clubs to choose from. Bring your appetite to the Endless Shores and indulge in endless supper clubs.
Take a journey on Winnebago County’s longest trail. The Wiouwash State Trail – built on a former railroad corridor – is named after the four counties it runs through: Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano. Lake Butte des Morts, grassland prairies, wooded areas and farmland offer views of diverse landscapes and wildlife while the flat base makes the 22-mile trail perfect for a variety of activities throughout the year. The trail crosses the equally great Friendship Trail near Larson.
The Wiouwash Trail is also connected to the Riverwalk – a flat, paved trail stretching for two miles along both sides of the Fox River connecting to downtown Oshkosh. You’ll find beautiful views of the river, plenty of boat docks, and numerous places for fishing. Benches and parks along the Riverwalk offer relaxing picnic areas.
Wind Power Surf Shop
Lake Winnebago is a haven for stand-up paddle boarding and windsurfing during the summer, as well as rocketing across the ice propelled by a massive kite during the winter. Host to the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association Championships, the windsurfing and ice kiting on Lake Winnebago are truly world class.
Need to learn how? The experts at Wind Power Surf Shop teach lessons year-round and offer new and used equipment for windsurfing, kiteboarding, stand-up paddling and Open Bic sailing. Come out and join them for an exciting adventure on the lake. Windsurfing is a challenging sport, but Wind Power can help make sailing a fun and rewarding experience.
Gravity Park USA
Race fans will love Gravity Park USA, located just north of Chilton. Watch motocross, ATV and dirt track stock car races spring through fall at this one-of-a-kind venue. Free spectator admission for most motocross and ATV events. Admission fees do apply for stock car races.
Dirt track racing is fun and affordable entertainment for the whole family. Check out the 2019 racing schedule at gravityparkusa.com.
Cold beer here
A day on the lake or hiking on the trail isn’t complete without stopping for a refreshing craft beer at an Oshkosh brewery. Only one block from Lake Winnebago, Fifth Ward Brewing Company is a fantastic pit stop for anyone searching out unique craft beer. The brewery offers a rotating selection of 22 Wisconsin brewed beers on tap, many of which are brewed on site.
Dock your boat for a pint on the Fox River at Fox River Brewing Company. FRBC has been brewing since 1995 and features some of Oshkosh’s most popular handcrafted beers such as Blu Bobber and Marble Eye Scottish Ale.
If you are on the Wiouwash Trail, make a quick pit stop at Bare Bones Brewery. With its creative mix of brews ranging from traditional to innovative, Bare Bones Brewery has a beer to satisfy any palate.
There’s a natural beauty to the great outdoors in the Endless Shores region that’s breathtaking in its variety. Not only is it home to lakes and rivers – including the state’s largest inland lake – you’ll find amazing woodlands and trails to explore, plus treasures like Horicon Marsh, Kettle Moraine State Forest, High Cliff State Park and many more.
Created thousands of years ago by glaciers, today’s Endless Shores is visual artistry at every turn. Come, discover and be wowed.