It’s no secret that with over 15,000 lakes, Wisconsin is home to fantastic water skiing, tubing boating and swimming. With so many options we went straight to the source, our Facebook fans, and asked them to weigh in on where to go for water sports and activities in Wisconsin. As always, they came through with some great picks. See if your favorite lake or river made the list, and if not, comment with your suggestions below!
Eagle River Chain of Lakes – Eagle River
Best For: Boating, Water skiing and Tubing
- What’s better than spending a day on the lake? Spending a day on 28 connecting lakes, the largest freshwater chain in the world. The depth of the lakes varies widely from one to the next, providing more than enough space for whatever activity floats your boat. Bonus: You can even spend an entire day on the Chain O’ Lakes mastering that barefoot skiing stunt you’ve always wanted to learn.
Manitowish Chain of Lakes – Manitowish Waters
Best For: Boating and Fishing
No boat? No problem. Rent one for the day from Greer’s Pier Marina and cruise the water on one (or all) of the beautiful lakes that make up the chain. Take a break and soak up the sun or have a picnic lunch on one of the beautiful sandy beaches along the way.
Lily Lake – Burlington
Best For: Water skiing and Tubing
- Get the full benefits of a big lake on a less-trafficked waterfront. That means plenty of room to practice your slalom or whip around a couple of happy tubers behind the boat.
Apple River – Somerset
Best For: Tubing
- Known as the “Tubing Capital of the World,” the last section of the river features wild rapids, perfect for experienced rafters. Don’t worry, there’s also a walkway along the river for the less adventurous. Apple River also makes an outing for bachelor and bachelorette parties that are looking for a little extra excitement. Apple River Hide-A-Way, Float Rite Park, and Rivers Edge Camping and Resort rent tubes for you to float down the Apple River.
Beaver Lake –Village of Chenequa
Best For: Canoeing and Kayaking
- Known for crystal clear waters, this lake is a gem of southeastern Wisconsin. While motorized boats are only allowed for residents, anyone is welcome to spend the day canoeing or kayaking the beautiful waters of Beaver Lake.
Best For: Jet skiing and Boating
- Rent a speedboat, jet ski or, for a more leisurely cruise on the lake, a pontoon boat.
- While you’re in the area, be sure the check out “The Greatest Show on H2O,” the Tommy Bartlett Ski Show in Wisconsin Dells. Because hey, if you can’t join them, watch them!
Have any locations you’d add? TELL US in a comment below. And if you’re looking for more water fun, here are a few ideas to keep you busy this summer: