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Geneva Lake, Lake Geneva

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Geneva Lake is a body of freshwater in Walworth County in southeastern Wisconsin. On its shores are the city of Lake Geneva, and the villages of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake, and Williams Bay.The lake covers an area of approximately 8.14sqmi, has a maximum length of 7.5 miles (12 km), mean depth of 62.7 feet (19.1 m) and a maximum depth of 144 feet (44 m). Geologists believe that it is a filled-in kettle formed from a receding glacier.LakeshoreThe lake and the community of Lake Geneva were named for the town of Geneva, New York, located on Seneca Lake, which government surveyor John Brink thought it resembled. To avoid confusion with the nearby town of Geneva, Illinois, the city was renamed Lake Geneva; later the lake was renamed Geneva Lake.Lakeshore attractions include Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva Yacht Club, the George Williams College campus of Aurora University, and Yerkes Observatory. The observatory is owned by the University of Chicago, which has established a study group to plan a regional center for science education at the observatory.
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  • My husband and I live in Chicago and are always astounded that an hour and a half away is Lake Geneva with all its glory! It is seriously a beautiful town and what a view! The only problem is that dur...  more »
  • Had a hour or so to kill for lunch while working in Harvard, IL so decided to take a quick drive over to lake and relax for a while. The scenery is beautiful and the water looks gorgeous. It was a bea...  more »
  • I love to come up to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and spend time there, especially doing some of the water things with the grandkids, i.e. the tour boats, or the play areas at the beaches. Besides the City ...  more »