Kenosha Area Water Ways

4/29/2019 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Lake Michigan, Sports & Outdoors
Tall Ship Red Witch, sailing, Kenosha harbor, Lake Michigan
Kenosha Charter Boat Association
Southport Light Station Museum
Kenosha Electric Streetcar - Cincinnati, Ohio car, Lake Michigan harbor
Simmons Island Beach
Kenosha Sculpture Walk 2017-2019 exhibit


Lake Michigan is one of the world’s largest bodies of fresh water and, not surprisingly, one of Kenosha’s most popular destinations among visitors. Nearly 90 percent of its shoreline is publicly accessible, so there are many ways to love our Great Lake! Kenosha’s miles of shoreline feature pristine beaches and parks, bustling marinas, and a winding promenade perfect for a stroll or bike ride. The lakefront area is also home to a number of attractions, including five (yes five!) museums, two historic lighthouses, Kenosha HarborMarket, and the rotating public art exhibit, Sculpture Walk. See the sights aboard a vintage Electric Streetcar or a Lakefront Trolley, which also bring you to the front gates of countless festivals and events like the Wisconsin Marathon, Kenosha Classic Cruise-in Car Show, Taste of Wisconsin and Border War Beer Fest. You’ll also find beach parties with an artful twist and pop-up beer gardens complete with bonfires and live music. Getting off shore and onto this Great Lake is also easy. Launch a kayak from the beach to explore Kenosha’s 10-mile stretch of the Lake Michigan Water Trail. Book a charter fishing trip where the fish are always biting and the sunrise over the lake is unforgettable. Learn to sail with the Kenosha Community Sailing Center or Sail Away Charters. Or take an adventurous sailing excursion aboard the wooden Tall Ship Red Witch.




The waters of Lake Michigan offer some of the best sport fishing in the Midwest. Kenosha is the trout and salmon capital of Wisconsin, boasting the highest catch-per-hour rate in the state. Anglers will find an abundance of rainbow, brown and lake trout, plus those trophy-worthy king and coho salmon. Get a piece of this fishing action by booking an excursion with the Kenosha Charter Boat Association. It couldn’t be easier to plan, since the captains provide all the equipment you’ll need from fishing rods to lures. They’ll help bait your lines, net your catch, and clean and filet your fish to take home. Or, let the Boat House Pub & Eatery prepare your fish for a memorable shore lunch or dinner! If you’re bringing your own boat, Kenosha has two marinas and a public launch site at Simmons Island, complete with a fish cleaning station and other helpful resources. You can even fish Lake Michigan from land, with easy access from the promenade along Kenosha’s harbor.


For those who prefer calmer waters, you’ll find a number of inland lakes perfect for a leisurely day of fishing or boating. Western Kenosha County lakes are known for their abundance and variety of largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye and musky. Among the most popular fishing lakes are the 500-plus acre Silver Lake, and Lake Mary and Lake Elizabeth, known as the “Twin Lakes.” Powers Lake is also a favorite all-season fishing lake, with more than 450 acres of clear water and pristine ice conditions in winter.


The Fox River in western Kenosha County offers a tranquil fishing experience, whether from shore, by kayak or wading in. There are four access points along Kenosha’s 11-mile portion of the Fox River Water Trail, where it’s free to launch non-motorized watercrafts. Common catches on the Fox River include walleye, channel catfish, northern pike, white bass and carp. Early spring and late fall offer the best chance for white bass and walleye.

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