Lake Country Resource Guide

The Lake Country Area of WI

Because of its large number of lakes, the northwestern corner of Waukesha County is referred to as “Lake Country” by local residents. When people speak of lake country they often include Pewaukee, Delafield, Hartland, Merton, Nashotah, Chenequa, Okauchee Lake, Oconomowoc, Summit, and Lac La Belle.  We are huge advocates of all things lake country, but we love our neighbors in all of southeastern WI-to Waukesha, to Milwaukee, to Wales and Genesee, to Mukwonago, to Stone Bank, to Johnson Creek, and all the way to Madison- just to name a few!

Where do we find all of the fun? Well, each city or town has their own great websites and social media sources to keep us all up-to-date. Many of them will list all of their parks, dining options, seasonal events, and fun things going on each week.

Here is a round up of all those great resources we use daily. We highly recommend you visit these sites and use them to your advantage, we are all about planning and making things easier! Whether you live there, been there or plan to visit!

Lake Country Resource Guide

Pewaukee is a charming community that makes a big splash with visitors and citizens lucky enough to call it home.

City of Pewaukee website
Village of Pewaukee website
Positively Pewaukee website

Delafield welcomes visitors to experience outstanding shopping, local restaurants, historic sites, and pristine lakes, trails, and forests. Set in the heart of southeastern Wisconsin’s Lake Country, just 25 miles west of Milwaukee and 53 miles east of Madison, Delafield is an ideal Wisconsin vacation or getaway.

City of Delafield website
Delafield Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Council website
Town of Delafield website

Located 20 miles west of Milwaukee, in the heart of southeastern Wisconsin’s beautiful Lake Country, the Village of Hartland boasts small town charm and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Hartland is proud of its outstanding schools, fine churches & lovely homes. This is where we call home!

Village of Hartland website
Hartland Chamber of Commerce

The Village of Merton is a cozy community located in the Lake Country area, twenty miles west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is a quiet area where you can raise your family in a rural setting; plus, a great place to live for any outdoor enthusiast. There are several parks and lakes that surround Merton, where you can enjoy fishing, biking, hiking and water skiing along with many other activities.

Village of Merton
Town of Merton

North Lake
North Lake is an unincorporated community located in the town of Merton, in Waukesha CountyWisconsin. North Lake is located on Wisconsin Highway 83 north of Chenequa.
Town of Merton  (shares Merton’s website)

Nashotah is also the home of the oldest restaurant in the state, The Red Circle Inn. Founded in 1848 on the Watertown Plank Road, the Red Circle Inn was a resting place for stagecoaches and early settlers.The Pabst Brewing Family bought the inn in 1889 and it soon became the place to be for sophisticates summering in their mansions on the area lakes.

Village of Nashotah

The Village of Chenequa is located in the “lake country” portion of Waukesha County, about 30 miles west of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It completely surrounds the 703 acre Pine Lake, and includes portions of Beaver Lake and North Lake. The name “Chenequa” comes from the Potawatomi Indian word for “pine”, referring to a rare Southern Wisconsin grove of white pine. This same stand of white pine can be seen along the Eastern Shore of Pine Lake.

Village of Chenequa

Okauchee Lake
With a beautiful lake as it’s centerpiece, Okauchee does not dissapoint. Whether boating, fishing, watching the sunset, winter sports or relaxing is your thing, Okauchee Lake is the perfect place to live or visit.

Okauchee Area Business Association

Downtown Oconomowoc is a welcoming destination offering a unique mix of festivals, history, culture, shopping, dining and entertainment. This is where our community celebrates various cultural events together year-round . Come explore all Downtown Oconomwoc has to offer!

Oconomowoc, WI website
Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Oconomowoc website

The Village of Summit is located along Interstate 94 in western Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The Village offers the benefits of a quiet, rural and lake country setting near urban amenities. The Village’s location provides for outdoor recreational activities and state parks at the doorstep of its residents. The Village includes a variety of quality housing developments and excellent school districts, with many shopping and dining opportunities within a short drive. Through well-planned and controlled development, Summit is a growing, thriving community where residents find opportunities to live, work and play.

Village of Summit website

Lac La Belle
Lac La Belle is one of Wisconsin’s best kept secrets. Sitting on the scenic lakefront, the village has silent beauty of rural Wisconsin, yet is still close enough to commute to the cities.

Village of Lac La Belle
Lac La Belle Management District website

{Our neighbors & other resources}
Waukesha County

Waukesha County website
Visit Waukesha website
Live Love Waukesha
Waukesha County Park System website (Find a park)
Waukesha County Lakes

Information about local lakes

Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources website
Lake Link website
Waukesha County Lakes


Visit Milwaukee website
Newaukee website


Visit Madison website

Walworth County

Walworth County Visitor’s Bureau


Wales Business Group website


Town of Genesee website


Village of Mukwonago
Mukwonago Chamber website