The first post office was established in Oconomowoc in 1845, with Loan Saxe as Postmaster
Ole Evinrude, an Oconomowoc resident invented the Evinrude boat motor in 1907.
Arnold Horlick, the inventor of Malted Milk lived on Fowler Lake. He later sold his recipe to the Carnation Company.
Oconomowoc Public Library, serving 20,000 patrons annually, has an 80,000 volume inventory.
Oconomowoc was incorporated as a city in 1875.
The world premier of "The Wizard of Oz" took place in Downtown Oconomowoc in August 1939.
Foot-So-Port, an Oconomowoc shoe manufacturing business, manufactures Ronald McDonald's famous red clown shoes. That's a McFact!
Oconomowoc resident, Increase A. Lapham, popularly known for starting the U.S. Weather Bureau and his local weather station at Lapham Peak Park, founded Carroll College in Waukesha.
One of the Prominent families that settled in the area included Montgomery Ward, who settled in the area in the late 1890s
Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts was ranked the third best ranked juried fine art festival in the nation and features 135 artists from all over the United States
At one time, visits from Presidents Cleveland, Coolidge, McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt earned Main Street the nickname "Avenue of the Presidents."
From the 1870’s until the Great Depression, Oconomowoc was known as the "Newport of the West."
The mayor of Oconomowoc is Maury Sullivan. Mayor Sullivan holds an "open door" session every Monday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. He invites anyone interested in speaking with him to stop in at this time to address issues of concern - no appointment necessary.
Wisconsin Real Estate
Oconomowoc, “The City of Lakes,” was settled in the 1800s, the city today is a mix of small town charm and 21st century opportunity. While its historic downtown undergoes a revival, Wisconsin’s largest master-planned development is rising on the city’s outskirts. Helping retain and attract businesses and families are municipal services that include modern police and fire departments, low-cost municipally-owned utilities, and some of the state’s lowest tax rates. Oconomowoc offers all of the conveniences and amenities of an urban area in a breathtaking Lake Country setting which is only 40 minutes to downtown Milwaukee and 45 minutes to Madison
The area offers its residents a variety of leisure activities as well as historic sites and a quaint downtown. Oconomowoc’s many lakes and rolling woodlands are the setting for four seasons of outdoor recreation including swimming, boating, and fishing in the summer and skating, skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling in the winter. The city has several historic buildings in its downtown area and boasts the newly developed award winning Pabst Farms development and convenient shopping. Oconomowoc’s six golf courses offer challenges to players of all abilities.
The YMCA located in the Pabst Farms development provides an array of sports programs and activities for the entire family in its new 115,000-square-foot facility.
The area’s real estate market continues to grow. Existing housing offers diversity ranging from historic and exclusive lakefront homes and traditional country farmhouses to modern condominiums and in-town apartments. There’s also plenty of available land on which to locate your dream home, and skilled contractors to build it.
The Oconomowoc Area School District serves over 4,100 students throughout the Oconomowoc area. The District has five elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. The school District encompasses approximately 120 square miles surrounding the city of Oconomowoc and draws its students from three counties: Waukesha, Jefferson, and Dodge.
The YMCA located in the Pabst Farms development provides an array of sports programs and activities for the entire family in its new 115,000-square-foot facility
Whenever you’re in the Oconomowoc area, there’s always something to do!
Olympia Resort and Conference Center is 25 miles from downtown Milwaukee, and approximately 38 miles from General Mitchell International Airport. This location is also two miles from Oconomowoc Lake and Lac La Belle, three miles from the Oconomowoc and Lake Country Museum, four miles from Nashotah Park, 16 miles from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, and 20 miles from Holy Hill.
The resort's amenities include the full-service health spa (with massage services, fitness equipment, a spa tub, a sauna, a steam room, and indoor and outdoor pools), business center, pond, Rick's Steakhouse, Frisco Bay Cafe, and Ugly Duckling Pub. The hotel also offers room service, dry cleaning, laundry facilities, free weekday newspapers, 24-hour front desk service, and free parking.
Olde Highlander Golf Club is a strong test of golf for the experienced pla
Olde Highlander Golf Club is a strong test of golf for the experienced player yet playable for beginners and novices. This 18-hole championship course measures nearly 6500 yards from the gold tees. However, with 4 sets of tees, players at all levels will find a course that matches their skill and experience. layers at all levels will find a course that matches their skill and experience.
The course offers two distinct 9-hole experiences. The front nine is wooded and runs through rolling hills while the back nine features a stream that comes into play on seven holes.
Winter comes with even more reasons to play outside in the Oconomowoc area. With the freezing of the lakes, its time for ice fishing, figure skating, hockey games and ice boating. The snow-covered countryside is ideal for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. The Highlands of Olympia, in Oconomowoc, features downhill skiing and snowboarding on Olympia Ski Hill, the highest point between Madison and Milwaukee. Nashotah Park, between Oconomowoc and Hartland, features groomed cross-country ski trails.
A unique recreational resource is the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. Headquartered in Eagle, the forest encompasses 21,000 acres of wooded, glacial moraine. The forest’s extensive network of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails includes the 31-mile Ice Age National Scenic trail which traverses the forest. The forest also accommodates camping, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and boating.
Lapham Peak State Park, a 671-acre park in Delafield, also features hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. A year-round recreational asset in the Oconomowoc area is the Glacial Drumlin Trail, a multi-use recreational trail running from Cottage Grove to Waukesha. During spring, summer and fall, the 47-mile trail is used by bicyclists, in-line skaters, hikers and joggers. In winter, it’s open to skiers and snowmobilers.
Vital Statistics Oconomowoc
City of Oconomowoc
Town of Oconomowoc
Village of Oconomowoc Lake
Village of Lac La Belle
Village of Dousman
Town of Summit
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856 feet above sea level
6.64 square miles
Lac LaBelle .
MILES from OCONOMOWOC TO:
Green Bay 149
St. Louis 385