Description - Originally named for its uncertainly, the Potawatomi Indians called Lake Geneva "kishwauketo." When French explorers arrived they called the lake "Big Foot" for the Potawatomi Chief. Its present name, Lake Geneva, was coined by frontier surveyor John Brink. Inhabitants found the location ideal beside the 5,262-acre spring-fed resource, which is also fed from White River. By the mid-1800s a bustling town hugged the lakeside.
Hardwood forests and dense shrub areas make ideal habitat for the park's vast white-tailed deer population. Fox, raccoon, muskrats, squirrels and a bevy of birds may be seen dawn or dusk.
The nearby town of Geneva is an interesting side trip offering unique shops, sidewalk cafes, fine dining, and tour boating.
- Big Foot Beach State Park is located along the southeast shoreline of Lake Geneva, one of the most popular and productive fishing sites in southern Wisconsin. Campers will find a large campground of mostly shade sites some offering more privacy than others. Primitive facilities include vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. Most of the campsites have large parking slips accommodating vehicle and boat trailer. Camping reservations are available online or by calling a toll-free reservation number. Contact information is listed below. Long known for its fish harvests, Lake Geneva supports populations of northern pike, walleye, small and largemouth bass. Several access points and marine services are found around the lake. The day use area of the park is found beneath a grove of oak scattered with picnic tables, grills, dated playground equipment, volleyball courts and horseshoe pits. A 2,200-foot sand swimming beach remains busy throughout the warm summer months. Two bathhouses and lifeguards greet visitors as they exit the beach trail. Six miles of hiking trail and a half-mile nature trail round out the day use experience. A 21-mile trail around the lake is afforded to long distance hikers. Cross-country skiers are welcome on the trails while snowmobiling within the park is limited to a 1-mile segment.
Recreation - Relaxing, camping, hiking, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming, sunbathing, and cross-country skiing are enjoyed at Big Foot Beach State Park.
Climate - Southeast Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. January's average temperature is above 16 degrees F (-9 degrees C). Average July temperature is 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Southeast Region can range from 20 - 50". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.
Big Foot Beach State Park is located along the southwest shoreline of Lake Geneva off County Highway 120.