Culture & Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

If Oconomowoc area residents aren't hard at work, chances are they're out enjoying the area's myriad cultural and recreational activities and events. Oconomowoc's many lakes and rolling woodlands are the setting for four seasons of outdoor recreation.

Summer Fun

For generations, summer has been an especially popular time to get out and enjoy the area's amenities. The area's rivers, lakes, and ponds make it perfect for the whole range of water activities, including swimming, water skiing, sailboarding, fishing, and boating of all types.

Summer is just as much fun on dry land. Area parks accommodate biking, hiking, camping, picnicking, and nature watching, and fields and facilities for every sport that uses a ball. For many, summer isn't summer without golf, and Oconomowoc's six golf courses offer challenges for players of all abilities.

The City of Oconomowoc's Parks and Recreation Department administers 33 parks, and sponsors activities and fitness programs for youths and adults ranging from ballroom dance to Tae Kwon Do, and organized league play in a variety of sports. The YMCA at Pabst Farms provides an array of sports programs and activities for the entire family, and provides a 115,000-square-foot facility.

Winter Opportunities

Winter comes with even more reasons to play outside in the Oconomowoc area. With frozen lakes, it's time for ice fishing, figure skating, hockey games, and ice boating. The snow-covered countryside is ideal for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding. 

Spring & Fall

The "shoulder seasons" are also wonderful times to be outside in Oconomowoc. The fall colors bring out hikers, bikers, and Sunday drivers. Spring carpets the forest floor with flowering trillium, followed by mushroom hunters in search of delectable morels.

A year-round recreational asset in the Oconomowoc area is the Waukesha County Lake Country Trail, a multi-use recreational trail running from Waukesha to Oconomowoc. During spring, summer and fall, the 15-mile trail is used by bicyclists, in-line skaters, hikers and joggers. In winter, it’s open to skiers.