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Big Foot Beach State ParkActivities and recreation

Hiking Hiking

The park has 6.5 miles of hiking trails through forest and open meadow. Most of the trails are relatively short and none are very strenuous.

Camping Camping

Camping at Big Foot Beach

Swimming Swimming

Lake Geneva is known for its clear, clean water. Big Foot Beach has a 100-foot marked swimming area. No lifeguards are on duty.

Boat Launch Canoeing & Kayaking Boating, canoeing and kayaking

Canoeing and Kayaking opportunities are available in Ceylon Lagooon and Lake Geneva. Seasonal rentals area available.

There is no boat launch in the park. Two public launches are available just south of the park, in downtown Lake Geneva and in Linn Township. The park's northern shoreline is a good spot to anchor and recreate for the day.

Fishing Fishing

Fishing is available at Ceylon Lagoon. An accessible fishing pier is a short-distance from the disabled parking area. Fishing equipment is loaned free of charge at the office. A fishing license is required of anyone age 16 and over.

Picnicking Shelters Playgrounds Picnic areas and playgrounds

Boy fishing from lagoon pier
Ceylon Lagoon reflects the joys of childhood.

Big Foot Beach State Park offers 40 acres of picnic area with about 250 tables and a limited number of charcoal grills. Playground equipment, volleyball courts and horseshoe pits are available. Horseshoes and volleyballs are loaned free of charge at the office. Pets are not allowed in the general picnic areas. If you wish to picnic with your pet, please ask at the entrance station for the designated area.

Archery Hunting Trapping Archery only hunting and trapping

Archery hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the park during the Wisconsin state parks hunting and trapping time frame. Gun hunting is not allowed in the park. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails. Certain trap types are restricted on state park properties. For more information, please see:

Winter Activities Winter activities

When winter conditions permit, park staff set a track for traditional cross-country skiing on the trails that traverse the east end of the park. Pets are not allowed on groomed ski trails. Winter Hiking and snowshoeing are allowed anywhere in the park.

Last revised: Thursday March 24 2016