Outdoor recreational activities and opportunities abound in the Grand River Valley. Relax and unwind in the area’s many parks and nature reserves. Spend the day fishing, swimming, boating or just enjoying one of the many lakes gracing our beautiful landscape. No matter the season, there is always something to enjoy!
Little Green Lake
Don’t let the word “little” fool you – there’s nothing small about the big fish coming out of Little Green Lake. As the locals call it, Little Green is one of the top lakes for most area pan fisherman, and trophy walleye regularly make appearances on the baited hooks of anglers of all ages and experience levels. If fishing is not quite your thing, the calm waters of Little Green always provide a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Nicely sized at 462 acres with an average depth of 28 feet, Little Green Lake is perfect for fishing, swimming, and boating.
At over 5,000 acres, Lake Puckaway is among the 20 largest lakes in all of Wisconsin and claims the title for the largest Northern Pike ever recorded, weighing in at 38 pounds. With an average depth of only three feet, the fish seemingly jump right out of the water, begging to be caught year-round. Lake Puckaway’s maximum depth of five feet make it an ideal lake for fishing, swimming, boating, and duck hunting.
Located along the Grand River and known by many in the area as Kingston Mill Pond, Grand Lake is a popular spot for anglers looking to reel in panfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, and walleye. Nicely sized at 242 acres, with an average depth of three feet and maximum depth of eight feet, Grand Lake is a fishing lake favorited by many.
The smallest, yet deepest of the lakes in the Grand River Valley, Spring Lake, located in Spring Lake County Park, is accessible from Spring Lake Drive, off County Road FF in Kingston. This 65-acre hidden gem boasts a maximum depth of 54 feet, and an average depth of 16 feet. Enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming in Spring Lake.
Enjoy the quiet peace of Lake Maria, a 596-acre non-motorized lake, located off Highway 73 in Manchester. A favorite spot for those that enjoy “birding”, Lake Maria is one of the lesser visited lakes in Green Lake County. At 596 acres, with an average depth of six feet and a maximum depth of nine feet, Lake Maria is ideal for those searching for peace and solitude.
Dalton Rod & Gun Club N705 County Road H, Dalton. Amenities: playground,
sand volleyball courts, baseball/softball diamond
Town Hall Park W6368 E. Pine Street, Dalton. Amenities:
playground, walking path, benches
104 Main Street, Fairwater. Amenities: outdoor tennis/basketball court,
playground, picnic shelters, baseball/softball diamond
“Doc” Meyers Community Park Corner of Lake & South Streets,
Kingston. Amenities: playground equipment
Grand River Marsh State Wildlife Area County Highway B, Kingston. Amenities:
access to 1,446-acre lake/marsh, unmarked hiking/cross country skiing trials,
wildlife, hunting, trapping, canoeing, biking and more
J.W. Laper Memorial Park Highway 44, Kingston. Amenities: benches,
boat access to Grand Lake
Kingston Fireman’s Park Corner of Mill & Ann Streets, Kingston.
Amenities: picnic shelter, sand volleyball, outdoor tennis, and basketball
Spring Lake County Park Highway FF, one mile west of Village of
Kingston. Amenities: picnic shelter, boat access to Spring Lake
Between Bridge and Main Streets, South of Downtown Markesan. Amenities:
playground, walking path along Grand River. Host to annual June Dairy Days
festival sponsored by City of Markesan.
Markesan Elementary School 200 S. Margaret Street, Markesan. Amenities:
playground, baseball/softball diamonds. To reserve for special functions,
please contact Markesan Elementary School at (920)398-2373.
Markesan High School
100 E. Vista Boulevard, Markesan. Amenities: Playing fields, baseball/softball
diamonds, 9-hole frisbee golf course. To reserve for special functions, please
contact Markesan High School at (920) 398-2373.
Riverdale Park/Kiwanis Park Off S. Bridge Street, behind
City Hall. Amenities: sand volleyball courts, picnic shelters, ice skating rink
Soldiers and Sailors Park Park Street, off Highway 44, north of
Markesan. Amenities: playground, sand volleyball court, picnic shelter, beach
Grand River Marsh Trail
A project nearly three years in the making, a new 1.5-mile hiking loop through Grand River Marsh opened to the public in 2017. The trail features a 320-foot boardwalk that starts on dry land and stretches out 250 feet into the marsh’s wetland area. The walkway is capped off with a six-by-eight-foot handicap-accessible observation blind that allows visitors to sit and look out over the calm waters and tall cattails waving in the breeze.
Notably, the entire trail and boardwalk are ADA-compliant to provide accessibility to disabled individuals wishing to commune with nature.
The lovely trail takes hikers through the marsh’s full expanse of environments from grasslands to woodlands to wetlands while affording travelers plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing, photography, outdoor exercise, and the enjoyment of nature.
The newest trail to the area is located just south of the intersection of Puckaway Road and Grand River Road in the Town of Marquette. Existing DNR parking lots are located on the north and south ends of the loop, an area that already serves as a popular walking and jogging route in the area.
Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club
The Markesan Sno-Drifters invite you to enjoy nearly 50 miles of scenic snowmobile trails throughout the Grand River Valley. The trails are maintained and marked each winter by dedicated club members and offer a variety of terrain including open fields, marshland, meadows, and wooded areas.
For more information, maps, and event information, contact the Markesan Sno-Drifters at P.O. Box 542, Markesan, WI 53946, or visit greenlakecountysnowmobiletrails.com. For information about trail conditions in Green Lake County, call (920) 294-3220.