On the Water Recreation

Spring-fed, crystal clear and 120 feet deep, the unique blue-green water of Elkhart Lake is a legend in itself. In Elkhart Lake you don’t just catch big fish, you can see them – deep below the surface. From the days when Native Americans lived on its banks, the pristine quality of Elkhart Lake’s water has soothed the souls of people from far and wide – and kept them coming back year after year. To many, it’s the legendary water of Elkhart Lake that makes it famous   Swimming and boating remain a popular activity here. The slogan – The Water that Made Elkhart Famous – is still used today.


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    Wisconsin boating laws and regulations ELPD Boat Patrol   1.  A Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) in serviceable condition is required to be in the boat and accessible to each person in the boat.   2.  A speed of SLOW NO WAKE is in effect all year long from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. SLOW NO WAKE IS DEFINED AS THE SLOWEST POSSIBLE SPEED A BOAT CAN... MORE >


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    This open tour pontoon boat operates Memorial Day through Labor Day, Monday through Saturday. Hire its captain by the hour, get a guided historical tour or have a party on beautiful Elkhart Lake. Call Captain Tom to plan a great trip with pick up anywhere on the lake. ... MORE >


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    Paddle a touring kayak and experience the unique perspective of Elkhart Lake from lake level. Kayak, paddle, PFD, and basic skill orientation are included in this two-hour guided tour. Daily tours are launched from Elkhart Lake’s public boat landing by appointment. Reserve your trip at $45 per person; $25 for children ages 12-15. Equipment rental is available for stand-up paddle boards, cross-country skis and... MORE >


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    Specializing in guided fishing on Elkhart Lake, trips include all bait and tackle needed for a complete fishing experience. Inland Waters is fully licensed and insured and guarantees that you will catch fish or your trip is free. Captain Mark Miller welcomes everyone to come and enjoy the sport of fishing and will provide a trip to best suit your expectations. Fishing times are... MORE >


  • Happy client!

    Jay Brickner is a Wisconsin-licensed guide and has been guiding year-round on area lakes since 1996. He offers multiple species fishing and is able to accommodate large or small groups. All equipment is furnished for you. Transportation to/from area resorts is available. It’s excellent fun for the kids. ... MORE >


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    The Osthoff Resort offers pontoons and fishing boats, hydro-bikes, paddle boats, canoes and kayaks for use on the lake. Pontoon cruises are also available. You do not need to be a resort guest to rent the water-sport equipment. Open on the lakefront at The Osthoff Resort from Memorial Day through September 30. ... MORE >


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    Fly fishing for trout, salmon and small mouth bass on local rivers. ... MORE >


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    Elkhart Lake Watersports offers a great recreational way to enjoy a summer’s day.  Watersports offers top-of-the-line competition-style amenities including water ski and wakeboard instruction. Ski/wakeboard boats, SUP, tubing, pontoon rentals, guided party boat rides, bumper boats and kayaks are available to the public. Open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Located on the lakefront of Victorian Village Resort. ... MORE >