Wisconsin has an astounding 15,000 lakes scattered throughout the state, and no visit to this low-key Midwestern region would be complete without a detour to Wisconsin’s Lake Country in Waukesha County. Situated just 30 minutes outside of the state’s largest city, Milwaukee, and only an hour from the capital, Madison, Lake Country is home to over 250 lakes. With so many lakes to choose from, picking the right ones to visit on a day trip from Milwaukee can be overwhelming. Each has its own personality, from the humble motor-free fishing lakes to the summertime resorts.
In the early 1900s, this region was a weekend getaway hotspot for the wealthy elite from Milwaukee and Chicago. Today, Wisconsinites and out-of-towners from all over the world can find a slice of lakefront paradise in Lake Country, thanks to the numerous public access beaches and state parks in the region. For the best lakes to visit outside of Milwaukee, look no further than these four Lake Country destinations.