Why You Should Visit Green Lake in the Spring

Green Lake, Wisconsin is a wonderful place to visit in the spring. Once the snow starts to melt and the flowers start to bloom, locals flock outside to enjoy the many incredible seasonal events and activities our town has to offer. We think Green Lake is delightful any time of the year, but here are four reasons you should visit us in the spring.

  1. Hiking and Cycling

After a season spent cooped up indoors, Wisconsinites love to get outside and enjoy the many incredible cycling and hiking trails that crisscross the region. These trails are a great way to explore the natural beauty of Green Lake while also getting some exercise along the way. From short, easy walks to sprawling nature preserves and wetlands, there is a trail in Green Lake for any type of hiker or cyclist.

  • Hammers Trail

  • Norweigan Bay Boardwalk

  • Sunnyside Conservancy Trail

  • Winnebago Trail

  • Mitchell’s Glenn

  • Tuleta Hill Prairie Trail

  • Pool’s Hill Nature Preserve

  • Sugar Island Wetlands

These trails are a nature-lovers dream, featuring abundant wildlife, unique geological formations, and spectacular views of the Green Lake.

  1. Birding

During the spring in Green Lake, you have the chance to see an incredible array of birds and wildlife. Popular spots for birding include the Norweigan Bay Conservancy, White River Wildlife Area, the Hammer’s Trail, and the Winnebago Trail. If you don’t want to go on your own, the Green Lake Association hosts birding trips where you can discover the sights and sounds of Green Lake’s birds under the guidance of a local birding expert. The Green Lake Bird Festival on April 25th is another great way to explore the incredible wildlife of the Green Lake region. You’ll explore the Sunnyside Conservancy, a 30-acre property consisting of marsh, swamp, upland prairie, and oak savannah areas. With 6,500 ft of shoreline, it boasts an impressive number of resident and migratory bird species. The festival also involves bird talks, social gatherings, and the chance to meet other like-minded birders.


  1. Maple Syrup

Maple syrup season in Wisconsin starts during that in between period when winter is over but spring isn’t quite in full swing. Some locals describe it as “the sweet goodbye of winter.” Once the weather warms, the sap of maple trees, also known as sugar bush, starts to run and Wisconsinties begin harvesting this delectable treat. During the spring, you’ll enjoy various celebrations, tours, and the freshest maple syrup around. The Green Lake Association hosts a Maple Syrup Tour where visitors can go straight into the woods and experience the process of harvesting maple syrup, including tapping trees, boiling the sap into syrup, and tasting the results.


  1. Farmer’s Markets

Spring is the official start of farmer’s market season in Green Lake. Hosted in Green Lake’s charming Town Square, the weekly farmer’s market is a great place to stock up on farm-fresh produce, meats, breads, baked foods, flowers, and a variety of other homemade goods such as soaps, jewelry, artwork, quilts, and more. The fun and festive atmosphere at the market also features music, kid friendly activities, and food samplings. During the spring, the market happens on Saturdays from 9 am until 12 pm.

Planning a trip to Green Lake, Wisconsin this spring? Book a stay at the Greenway House Bed & Breakfast, a historic retreat in the heart of beautiful Green Lake.