Big Foot Beach State Park is a modestly sized park tucked away in southeast Wisconsin in the town of Lake Geneva. Visitors from all over the country travel to Big Foot Beach State Park to soak up views of Lake Geneva and enjoy all of the recreation it offers, including boating, fishing, and swimming. You may also choose to venture a little farther from the 900 feet of sandy shoreline to explore the forested areas of the park, including hiking trails and hunting areas.
Although you may be inclined to believe the park was named after the famous Sasquatch, it was actually named after Chief Big Foot, an early leader of the Potawatomi Native Americans that once inhabited the area. The park was originally established in 1949, and despite the park facilities that were developed since, the area still retains as much natural beauty as it had when the Potawatomi called it home. Whether you're looking to learn more about the park's history or just enjoy a relaxing day lakeside, after hooking up your RV at one of the more than 60 RV-friendly campsites, the park is yours to explore.
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Transportation in Big Foot Beach State Park
Traveling just one mile south of the town of Lake Geneva will lead you to the park entrance, located at 1550 S. Lake Shore Drive. Your specific route will vary depending on your starting point, but any GPS-enabled device will be able to get you there. All of the roads within the park that are meant for vehicle use are paved and in fairly good condition. The paved roads will take you to all of the major points of interest in the park, or at least get you near them. To reduce damage and preserve the natural, scenic nature of the area, the roads do not go throughout the entire park. Instead, they take you to areas like the campground, service area, lake, and picnic area and shelters, but a large chunk of the park can only be explored using the trails.
Most of the roads are easy to navigate, and since the park isn't too large you can get around exclusively in your RV if you so choose. However, many visitors choose to tow an extra car to make parking around the park easier. You can hook up your RV and then use the extra car to get to places like the lake or playground without having to worry about finding enough room for a large rig. Bikes and scooters are also popular choices for getting around the park, although they are much slower than a car.
Campgrounds and parking in Big Foot Beach State Park
Campsites in Big Foot Beach State Park
Big Foot Beach State Park Campground
The pet-friendly campground at Big Foot Beach State Beach is split into two sections, a tent-only section, and a drive-in RV friendly section. 65 of the 100 campsites are RV friendly, and many of them have electric hookups. No sites have sewage or water hookups, but this issue is easily resolved thanks to the drinking water, showers, and restroom stations located around the campground.
The exact size of each sites vary, but they can all accommodate RVs and trailers at least 25 feet long. Most of them can handle RVs up to 40 feet and a few can accommodate RVs up to 55 feet long. All of the sites also feature a picnic table and fire ring, and firewood is available to purchase within the campground. Whether you want to stay for just a night or two, or take a more extended vacation, you can do it at Big Foot Beach State Park. The only restriction is that visitors cannot camp for more than 14 days in any 21 day period. Reservations are available between late May to early September and can be made up to 11 months in advance.
Big Foot Beach State Park Campground
All of the sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis when the campground is open before and after the reservations window of late May to early September. A handful of sites are always available for local sale only and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. However, it is recommended you make a reservation during the peak months to ensure you have a campsite when you arrive.
Seasonal activities in Big Foot Beach State Park
No RV trip to Big Foot Beach State Park is complete without going for a dip in Lake Geneva, known for its crisp, clear water. You can't swim anywhere you want, but a large 100-foot area of the lake is marked off for swimming only, making it the perfect spot for a family beach day. You can swim, splash, play games, or just soak up some sun. Just be sure to keep on eye on kids because no lifeguards are on duty.
Boating is available in both Lake Geneva and Ceylon Lagoon, so be sure to strap your canoe or kayak to your RV before heading to the park. If you don't have a boat of you own, don't fret, boat rentals are available seasonally at the park. Paddling out to the center of the lake can be more than just a good workout, many people also find it meditative and a great way to recharge, probably because of the gorgeous view.
Ceylon Lagoon is ideal for an afternoon of fishing. Whether you're a beginner with no equipment or a pro with your favorite rod and bait, the pier is the perfect spot to see what kind of bites you can get. If you're new to fishing or forgot your gear at home, fishing gear is loaned out at the park office, free of charge, so there's nothing stopping you. However, any fishers over the age of 16 must obtain a license before fishing.
Gun hunting is not allowed at the park, but archery hunting and trapping are allowed, so pack your bow and arrow if you're visiting during hunting season. There are restrictions on what kind of traps you can use and where, so be sure to brush up on all the rules before setting out. Common game at the park includes deer, rabbit, and birds, for those who are up to the challenge.
Big Foot Beach State Park features seven different trails, totaling close to seven miles. Most of the trails are under one mile and mostly level, making them good for visitors of all ages and skill sets who want to get a little closer to nature. Even the longest trail, the three-mile Green Trail, has fairly gentle terrain. It is a favorite for many visitors, taking you around the perimeter of the park and through the various natural landscapes. In the winter snowshoeing is also allowed on any of the trails in the park.
The fun at Big Foot Beach State Park doesn't stop when the snow starts falling. During the winter, the park rangers groom and set up tracks on the trails on the east side of the park for cross-country skiing. This can be a great way to spend a day during the winter when there isn't much else to do, and the perfect opportunity to soak up the natural beauty of the park. Gliding down the trails is an experience you won't soon forget, but you'll have to bring your own equipment.