Discover Lake Mills

Lake Mills is blessed with an abundance of rich history, natural beauty, and small town charm. Enjoy a day on Rock Lake or a scenic Glacial Drumlin Trail bike ride. Go birding at Zeloski Marsh or delve into history at Aztalan State Park and Museum. Find your next antique treasure while shopping downtown, or sip locally brewed beer. No matter your choice, Lake Mills has something for everyone!

Located right off 1-94 at exit 259, visiting is incredibly convenient. Lake Mills is ideally situated between Madison and Milwaukee, just 25 miles east and 55 miles west respectfully. In fact, Highway 89 is our Main Street. What could be easier?

Make a splash

Rock Lake is a crystal clear 1,371-acre recreational oasis, beckoning outdoor enthusiasts to its cool waters and tree-lined shores. The lake provides opportunities for fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, and boating. Multiple boat launches make getting on the water a breeze (City of Lake Mills launches | Town of Lake Mills launches). Bartel’s Beach and Sandy Beach are also local favorites for swimming!

 

Find the perfect park

Parks are plentiful in our area. Common’s Park is actually the heart of Lake Mills. This historically significant city park is the home of summer concerts under the Victorian Gazebo, festivals, farmers markets, and winter ice skating. Korth Park is 89 acres of beauty and fun, offering iconic views of Rock Lake. The park has a play area for kids, the best hill for sledding, wonderful spots for a picnic, and well-maintained prairie walking trails. Wallace Park is perfect for kids, while Tyranena Park is more secluded.

 

Put some miles on your bike

Lake Mills has easy access to the 52-mile Glacial Drumlin Trail. Hailed as one of the best bicycle trails in Wisconsin, it is sought out by hikers and bicyclists alike. The trail follows the old Chicago and Northwest railway. It is open 365 days a year. A trail pass is needed for cyclists and roller bladers, but it is not necessary for walkers and runners. Bikes are available to rent at The Hub, located in downtown Lake Mills. They can help you get to the trail and recommend some great riding options!

 

Search for rare birds & plants

Two diverse landscapes, filled with rare species, are waiting to be explored in Lake Mills. Madison Audubon’s Faville Grove Sanctuary on the North side of town is an ecological rich property of wetlands, uplands, prairie, savannas, and woodlands, and it is open to the public. Aldo Leopold himself fought to preserve this special place. The eastern prairie white-fringe orchid, a Wisconsin endangered and federal threatened plant, grows here! And birders flock to Faville to catch a glimpse of woodcocks, performing their mating dance! Another birder’s paradise is Zeloski Marsh within the Lake Mills Wildlife Area, located just south west of Lake Mills. This diverse habitat of open water marsh, wet prairie, lowland hardwoods, and oak savannah covers approximately 3,300 acres. The property contains breeding populations of most priority wetland bird species for Southern Wisconsin.

 

Eat, drink, and shop local

Commons Park, the heart of downtown, is surrounded by charming 19th century buildings that house exceptional shops and restaurants. Dining in Lake Mills offers a number of culinary experiences from all-American eats, like sliders and hot dogs, to traditional Wisconsin fish fries and restaurants offering ethic fare. And of course, you’ll find places to curb your sweet tooth—custard, chocolate, and more. To quench your thirst, Lake Mills also has two breweries, a winery, and some great cocktails!

Lake Mills is filled with unique shopping opportunities. Here you can find the perfect trinket gift, a vintage gem, or your new favorite piece of jewelry. Additionally, we are proud to have a number of nationally recognized businesses choose Lake Mills as their headquarters—Ephraim Faience Pottery, Tyranena Brewing Co., James J. Chocolate, and Lewis Station Winery.

Check out our Food & Drink and Retail pages for a complete listing.

 

Discover ancient history

Lake Mills’ legendary status is rooted in ancient civilization lore. A large part of the legends come from Lake Mills close proximity to Aztalan State Park. Just east of Lake Mills lies one of Wisconsin’s most important archaeological sites. Aztalan State Park showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between 1000 and 1300 A.D. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockage around their village.

Just north of the State Park is the Lake Mills Aztalan Historical Museum, operated by the Lake Mills-Aztalan Historical Society. The site features two pioneer churches and other 19th century structures with displays containing historic items dating back to 1000 A.D. A trip to Lake Mills would be incomplete without a visit to the park and museum.

 

Bask in the sunshine

Hit the links at the Lake Mills Golf Club. Grab some fresh flowers, locally grown produce, and more at our Farmers Market running every Wednesday from May to October. Browse the Vintage Markets that pop up throughout the year. Grab a coffee and admire the cars that fill Church Street every Sunday for Cars & Coffee. Don’t miss Town and Country Days in June complete with a parade, great food, carnival rides, and family-friendly activities!

 

Embrace the cold

As the leaves change in October, we host Fall Festival of Color, a large craft fair. The fun continues through the winter, as we celebrate the holidays with Classic Christmas and enjoy the snow with the Knickerbocker Ice Festival the first weekend in February. Take your best friend hunting for pheasant at Milford Hills Hunt Club, load up your snowmobile to ride our well-maintained trails, or get on the ice at Rock Lake for ice fishing!