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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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  • August 14, 2017
    IT's well worth the time and money to see the homes on Lake Geneva by Tour Boat. Most impressive of course are the Wriggly Estates, 6 or 7 of them in total. The History of Lake Geneva is very interest...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    From Chicago can be reached in 1 hour 30 minutes. And excursions and lakeside walks, small shops or watching a magic show, can one day enjoy. It was hard and late hours of the morning just to find parking
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  • August 12, 2017
    Very expensive to rent boats, wave riders, etc Not much beach space. Parking was a pain. But our kids enjoyed it, swam in lake, etc.  more »

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