Recreation on Elkhart Lake, WI

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Recreation on Elkhart Lake, WI

Multisport lakeside adventure.

Within Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest, the Elkhart Lake area encompasses both a small town (population: 1,000-plus) and its beautiful, spring-fed lake. Recreational sports abound, from fishing and tennis to golf and road racing (there’s a dedicated track, a few miles south).


Quit Qui Oc Golf Club

Play a round within walking distance of Elkhart Lake’s town center.


Road America

Play a round at the world’s fastest permanent road course, in operation since 1955.


Brown Baer

Snag a swing chair and beer at Brown Baer.


Back Porch Bistro

For seasonal fare, trundle over to this local foodie favorite. Its specialty is—what else—a cheese platter with artisanal Wisconsin cheeses.


The Osthoff Resort

Travelers feel blissfully off the radar when nestled in at this 240-room property located on the shores of a glacially formed lake in a village with less than 1,000 residents. Food is a major focus here: the resort’s restaurants source produce from local farmers and an on-site garden, and guests can sign up for classes—followed by lengthy family-style dinners—at the L’ecole de la Maison Cooking School. Wellness also gets a significant nod thanks to a 20,000-square-foot spa with a meditation sanctuary and café. Rooms with marble bathrooms, new TVs, and updated light fixtures are all part of a recent renovation in the main and south wings.

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