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Information about Lake Mills-
Legendary Lake Mills in beautiful Jefferson County Wisconsin is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. From the mysterious waters of Rock Lake to the scenic Glacial Drumlin Bike Trail to historic Aztalan State Park and Museum to the picturesque downtown shopping and dining district, Lake Mills has something for everyone!
Why are the waters of Rock Lake Mysterious? Many tales have been told of the stone structures that are reported to be found on the bottom of Rock Lake. One such legend says that after suffering a long and terrible drought, natives appealed to their gods for help by building and using sacrificial pyramids. In answer to their prayers, great waters soon covered the pyramids and created the beautiful lake the Indians came to call Tyranena meaning, Sparkling Waters. For more information on the local legends go the www.whylegendary.com.
Legends aside, Rock Lake is a crystal clear 1,371-acre recreational oasis, beckoning fun-seeking visitors and residents to its cool waters and tree-lined shores. The lake is surrounded by five parks which offer fishing, swimming, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, water-skiing, or a leisurely sunset cruise, all part of your next legendary experience. The City does weekly testing of the beach area, water quaility report on beaches.
Located on the southern edge of Lake Mills, the Glacial Drumlin Trailoffers recreation for hikers and bikers alike. The 47 mile trail follows the old Chicago and Northwestern railway. It is open 365 days a year – trail pass needed. Navigating the trail you will find one of Lake Mills’ newest treasures, Zeloski Marsh.
The Zeloski Marsh is a new wildlife management property located just south west of Lake Mills and promises to be the next “great’ birding spot in south east Wisconsin. When fully restored this property will be over 1,500 acres of wetland and grassland and will attract over 200 species of birds. For more information on the Zeloski Marsh Lake Mills Bird Brochure and Zeloski Marsh Bird List.
Just east of Lake Mills lies Aztalan State Park , one of Wisconsin’s most important archaeological sites. It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between 1000 and 1300 A.D. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village.
Just north of the state park is The Aztalan Museum , operated by the Lake Mills-Aztalan Historical Society. The site features two pioneer churches as well as other 19th century structures and displays. The displays feature historic items dating back to 1000 A.D.
In heart of downtown is Common’s Park. It is surrounded by charming 19th century buildings that house unique shops and restaurants (www.lakemills.org). Lake Mills is a designated Main Street Community , the program has guided the renaissance of downtown Lake Mills.
Dining in Lake Mills offers a number of culinary experiences, from legendary sliders to home smoked brisket to artisan breads and Friday night fish fries. For those who crave ethnic fare we have Creole, Italian, Chinese, and Mexican. And of course we have traditional family favorites, sit down and fast food.
Shopping opportunities abound! Lake Mills is home to many galleries, jewelry and specialty shops. It is also headquarters for a number of nationally recognized businesses – Ephraim Faïence Pottery , Tyranena Brewing Co. , Crystal Farms and James J. Chocolate.
2014 Incredible Events!!
City Wide Rummage Sale Weekend May 2nd & 3rd
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Farmers Market Every Wednesday May Thru October
Stop downtown in Commons park on to enjoy a large variety of farm fresh produce, plants, flowers, local area crafts, homemade items such as soaps and candles. Market starts at 1pm and runs until 6:30pm. Many of our local downtown Restaurants and stores offer Farmers Market specials during the market.
Lake Mills Art Festival-July 19th
Commons Park A juried show of regional fine artists selling art, children’s activities, live music, and food.
Lake Mills Fall Festival of Color- October 5th
Over 130 vendors will be selling pumpkins, gourds, mums, crafts, artwork, and jewelry. There will be games for kids, facepainting, and so much more. A large variety of food vendors can also be found in the park. All are nonprofit organizations from the area. Back by popular demand will be the musical group Borderlands. This is a great community event for all ages 2014 Fall booth application 2014 Information Letter for crafts
Legendary Classic Christmas- December 5-8
Explore local businesses for that perfect holiday gift and participate in many community activities during. More information to come closer to the event
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony-December 5
Stop in Commons Park at 6pm to see Santa Claus light the Holiday Tree in the park, enjoy cookies and Caroling while the children visit with Santa to hear their holiday wishes.
Discover Lake Mills…
and Unlock the Legend
Lake Mills lies on the shores of Rock Lake just 25 miles east of Madison and 55 miles west of Milwaukee. Take I-94 exit #259. If you’re traveling from the north or south, Hwy 89 is our Main Street – what could be easier!