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Although relatively small in size, Big Foot Beach State Park in Wisconsin has a lot to offer visitors and campers. The park is located on the banks of the huge Geneva Lake and offers both stunning views and a range of recreational activities.
Big Foot Beach State Park got its name from Chief Big Foot, who was an early Potawatomi leader in the area until they all were forcibly relocated in 1836. The park officially became a state park in 1949, and from then has continued to develop. Today, visitors can find a range of useful facilities while still maintaining much of its natural charm. Many people who rent an RV in Walworth County may also choose to explore the varied and interesting surroundings, with various other campgrounds, attractions, towns such as Elkhorn, Delavan, and Burlington within easy reach.
Big Foot Beach State Lake has the benefit of being on the banks of the huge Geneva Lake, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for water sports. If you didn’t bring your own boat with you in your RV rental, you are able to rent personal watercraft or motorboats from a vendor just south of the park, and then you are free to make use of the water and its beautiful surroundings. Although Lake Geneva is the bigger option, boating is also available on Ceylon Lagoon. The lagoon is the perfect spot for a little fishing fun thanks to the fishing pier, where novices and experts alike see what they can catch.
No trip camping with an RV in Big Foot Beach State Park would be complete without a little rest and relaxation on the beach. The waters of the lake are known for being cool and clear, and is a very inviting place for a dip, especially in the warmer months. There is a large marked area where swimming is permitted, making it the ideal place for a family trip where memories can be made. Visitors should just be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty.
Altogether, the hiking trails in the park total to about 7 miles, and there are a variety of different routes to choose from. The trails cater for all abilities, and as they are relatively short, they are great just for a gentle stroll through a very picturesque part of the state. The longest is the Green Trail, which covers 3 miles. This is a very popular route that takes you around the perimeter of the park, where you'll have a great opportunity to see some of the local flora and fauna.
Make use of the state park RV campgrounds during your stay, with 100 sites available to campers. The sites are largely wooded, and are therefore shaded, and have clean shower and pit toilets. All sites come equipped with a gravel pad, fire ring and a picnic table, perfect for alfresco dining. Thirty-four of the sites come with electrical hookups, and there is also a sewage dump station located on-site.
For those that don't want to directly go RV camping at Big Foot Beach State Park, Elkhorn Campgrounds is another good option just a short drive away. This Campground has the unique location of being situated on the Walworth County Fairgrounds, and all sites come with electricity and water hookups, plus there is a dump station on the grounds and free WiFi. There are 160 sites available, with plenty of bathrooms and shower centrally located within easy reach of all sites. Sitting around the communal fire pit is a great way to end the day.
See the area from a unique perspective when taking a Lake Geneva Canopy Tour. There are a few different experiences to choose from, but one of the most popular is the Zipline Canopy Tour. There are nine zip lines in total that take you through the trees on an adrenaline-fuelled adventure. If you don’t think you are ready for the full tour yet, there are also shorter options available. In addition to the zip lining, there is also team building activities and high ropes excursion.
Another great attraction near the lake is Safari Lake Geneva, and as the name suggests, it is a pristine wildlife habitat where visitors have the opportunity to view some incredible creatures. The area covers 800 acres in which visitors are able to book a guided expedition and to see some animals living in virtually free-range conditions. The safari is home to more than 50 animals that come from five continents of the globe, such as American Bison, Arabian camel, and Tennessee fainting goats. All visitors will also get a cup of animal feed, so you have more of a chance of seeing the animals up close.
Great for a rainy day when camping at Big Foot Beach State Park is a trip is the Logic Puzzle Museum, a unique attraction that will get the cogs turning in your mind. The museum contains an array of hands-on mechanical puzzles and brain teasers and takes on a very interactive approach. Not only will you be able to have a go yourself, but you'll also be able to view hundreds of vintage puzzles, Victorian-style parlor toys, and much more. It is a great way to spend a few hours and have a little fun.