Kenosha Area Water Ways

6/28/2018 - 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

Dip Your Toes or Go All In

It’s no secret that one of Kenosha’s most popular destinations is Lake Michigan. With nearly 90 percent of our shoreline publicly accessible, it’s easy to dip your toes or go “all in” to experience this Great Lake! Miles of shoreline are dotted with pristine beaches and parks, bustling marinas, and a promenade perfect for biking (rent a bike here), walking or skating. The area is also home to two historic lighthouses (you can climb the seasonal Southport Lighthouse), five museums, the weekly Kenosha HarborMarket, and an amazing outdoor exhibit referred to as the Sculpture Walk. Charming streetcars and trolleys transport you through historic districts, Downtown Kenosha, and to the front gates of numerous festivals and events.

HarborPark is the epicenter of the lakefront area and plays host to popular events including the Wisconsin Marathon, Border War Beer Fest, Cheese-a-Palooza, and many more. Enjoy free outdoor concert series like Peanut Butter & Jam, Tuesdays at the Shell, and Twilight Jazz - all set against a beautiful backdrop.

Access the Lake Michigan Water Trail via Kenosha beaches and kayak along more than 10 scenic miles. Book a thrilling charter fishing trip where the fish are always biting and the view of the sunrise is unparalleled. Learn the ropes of sailing at the Kenosha Community Sailing Center. Or come aboard the Tall Ship Red Witch for an unforgettable sailing excursion.

Hit The Beach(es)

Get Out On Lake Michigan

Lakefront Festival Places

Lake Michigan Fishing Adventure

Lake Michigan is one of the world’s largest bodies of fresh water and offers the finest sport fishing in the Midwest. Book a charter with the Kenosha Charter Boat Association from spring to fall, and you’re in for a Great Lakes adventure you’ll never forget. And it couldn’t be easier with charter captains providing all your fishing equipment from rods to bait, and being at the ready to help bait your line, net your catch, and even clean and filet your fish. Anglers will find an abundance of rainbow, brown, and lake trout in the waters off Kenosha’s shore, as well as trophy-worthy king and coho salmon. Kenosha is, after all, the trout and salmon capital of Wisconsin, boasting the highest catch per hour rate in the state! If you’re bringing your own boat, Kenosha offers two full service marinas, plus a public launch site on Simmons Island, complete with a fish cleaning station and other helpful resources. You can even fish Lake Michigan from land, with easy access from our harbor promenade.

From Water to Table

It doesn’t get any fresher than this! Local restaurants Boat House Pub & Eatery and tg’s Restaurant & Pub can take your fresh-caught fish and prepare it for you for a memorable lunch or dinner experience. Or, let the Boat House smoke your fish for you to take home. It’s recommended you call ahead for these services.

Inland Lakes

For calmer waters to fish, head to western Kenosha County where largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, bluegills, and even musky lurk in our many inland lakes. Silver Lake is a favorite known for its clear water, abundant vegetation and public access. At 516 acres and 44-foot maximum depth, it’s a popular year-round fishing spot. Powers Lake is one of the best all-season fishing lakes in Kenosha County, boasting 451 acres of crystal clear water and pristine ice conditions during winter. 

The Fox River in western Kenosha County offers a tranquil fishing experience, whether from shore, by canoe or kayak or wading in. Kenosha County’s 11-mile portion of the Fox River Water Trail provides four free access points where you can launch non-motorized watercrafts. Fox River Park, along the eastern boundary of the river, is also a popular spot for shoreline fishing. Anglers fishing the Fox River will find walleye, channel catfish, northern pike, white bass and carp, and the occasional smallmouth bass. The best times for white bass and walleye is early spring and late fall.

Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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