Discover what the ancients knew, Lake Mills is a special mystical place. Forget your everyday cares and enjoy the natural beauty, friendly people, fabulous food and unique shops. Come feel the magic.
Legendary Lake Mills in beautiful Jefferson County Wisconsin is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. From the mysterious waters of Rock Lake to the scenic Glacial Drumlin Bike Trail to historic Aztalan State Park and Museum to the picturesque downtown shopping and dining district, Lake Mills has something for everyone!
Why are the waters of Rock Lake mysterious? Many tales have been told of the stone structures that are reported to be found on the bottom of Rock Lake. One such legend says that after suffering a long and terrible drought, natives appealed to their gods for help by building and using sacrificial pyramids. In answer to their prayers, great waters soon covered the pyramids and created the beautiful lake the Indians came to call Tyranena meaning, Sparkling Waters.
Legends aside, Rock Lake is a crystal clear 1,371-acre recreational oasis, beckoning fun-seeking visitors and residents to its cool waters and tree-lined shores. The lake is surrounded by five parks which offer fishing, swimming, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, water-skiing, or a leisurely sunset cruise, all part of your next legendary experience.
Located on the southern edge of Lake Mills, the Glacial Drumlin Trail offers recreation for hikers and bikers alike. The 47 mile trail follows the old Chicago and Northwestern railway. It is open 365 days a year – trail pass needed. Navigating the trail you will find one of Lake Mills’ newest treasures, Zeloski Marsh.
The Zeloski Marsh is a new wildlife management property located just south west of Lake Mills and promises to be the next “great’ birding spot in south east Wisconsin. When fully restored this property will be over 1,500 acres of wetland and grassland and will attract over 200 species of birds for more information check out .
Just east of Lake Mills lies Aztalan State Park, one of Wisconsin’s most important archaeological sites. It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between 1000 and 1300 A.D. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village.
Just north of the state park is The Aztalan Museum, operated by the Lake Mills-Aztalan Historical Society. The site features two pioneer churches as well as other 19th century structures and displays. The displays feature historic items dating back to 1000 A.D.
In heart of downtown is Common’s Park. It is surrounded by charming 19th century buildings that house unique shops and restaurants (www.lakemills.org). Lake Mills is a designated Main Street Community (www.LegendaryLakeMills.com), and this program has guided the renaissance of downtown Lake Mills.
Dining in Lake Mills offers a number of culinary experiences, from legendary sliders to home smoked brisket to artisan breads and Friday night fish fries. For those who crave ethnic fare we have Creole, Italian, Chinese, and Mexican. And of course we have traditional family favorites, sit down and fast food.
Lake Mills is home to many galleries, jewelry and specialty shops. It is also headquarters for a number of nationally recognized businesses – Ephraim Faïence Pottery (www.ephraimpottery.com), Tyranena Brewing Co. (www.tyranena.com) , Lewis Station Winery (www.lewisstationwinery.com) and James J. Chocolate (www.jamesjchocolateshop.com).
2013 Incredible Events!!
Knickerbocker Ice Festival Feb. 2-3
This festival includes something for everyone. A Team Trivia Contest on Friday night starts off the weekend. On Saturday, watch ice carvers create sculptures in front of many downtown businesses or participate in the fisheree and ice golf tournament on Rock Lake. Have a great chili recipe? Prove it at the Fire & Ice Chili Cook-off. And join the fun in Commons Park where kids and adults compete in the Sno Ball eating contest, IdiderDAD Race and Frozen Fish Toss (yes, they are real fish!). Is competitive shopping you sport of choice? Buy a Knickerbocker Button and reap the benefits of discounts and specials at our retail and eating establishments.
City Wide Rummage Sale Weekend – May 3-4
Please check back closer to event for a down-loadable application!
Farmers Market Every Wednesday, May 8 through October 23
Stop downtown in Commons Park on to enjoy a large variety of farm fresh produce, plants, flowers, local area crafts, homemade items such as soaps and candles. Several food vendors offer a variety of meal treats, from pizza to bbq to brats. You can also find a coffee cart with great hot and cold beverages. Don’t bother cooking dinner on Wednesday nights – we’ve got it covered for you! Additionally, many of our local downtown restaurants and stores offer Farmers Market specials on Wednesdays during the farmers’ market season.
Town & Country Days – June 27-30
Downtown Commons Park filled with rides and games for all ages! Starting on Thursday night you can enjoy a Legendary Slider while listening to a local band in the Sons of American Legion Beer Tent.
Town & Country Days Parade – June 29, 10:30am
parade route starts on Main Street and Lake Park Place heading downtown with the Parade route ending at Prospect Street.
July 4th Fireworks at dusk located in the Industrial Park.
Lake Mills Art Festival – July 20
A juried show of regional fine artists selling art, children’s activities, live music, and food in Commons Park.
Super Cars & Coffee – September 1
Over 200 specialty cars in Commons Park in downtown Lake Mills. Food, live music, awards and more. Fireworks at dusk.
Paint the Town – September – please check www.LegendaryLakeMills.com for the date
Over 21 downtown businesses will have open houses from 5-8pm with food and specials; the party then gravitates to the Legion Hall where there will be more food, live music, silent and live auctions. This is an annual fundraiser for the Arts Alliance of Greater Lake Mills as well as the Lake Mills Main Street Program.
Fall Festival of Color – October 6
9am to 3pm in Common Park will be over 130 vendors selling pumpkins, gourds, mums, crafts, artwork, jewelry, games for kids, face-painting and so much more. A Large variety of food vendors can also be found in the park, all are non-profit organization from the area. Back by popular demand will be the musical group Borderlands. This event is a great community event for all ages.
Legendary Ladies – November 23
Join up with your friends and spend the day shopping on Deer Widow’s Weekend. Downtown stores will have specials. Restaurants and watering holes will be filled with fun as well. Look for a special “Handyman Auction” at the Lewis Station Winery that evening.
Legendary Classic Christmas- “12 Days of Christmas”
Explore local businesses for that perfect holiday gift and participate in many community activities during. Check out the daily special activities at www.lakemills.org and www.LegendaryLakeMills.com.
DISCOVER LAKE MILLS…
AND UNLOCK THE LEGEND
Lake Mills lies on the shores of Rock Lake just 25 miles east of Madison and 55 miles west of Milwaukee. Take I-94 exit #259. If you’re traveling from the north or south, Hwy 89 is our Main Street – what could be easier!