A quiet community called Lake Como is located in the southeast area of Wisconsin, just over 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee and 85 miles northwest of Chicago. Lake Como is the smaller neighbor of Geneva Lake, a 5400-acre, seven and one-half mile long lake. By comparison, Lake Como is 955 acres. Hwy 50 separates the two lakes. The town of Como in Walworth County has a population of about 2,700 residents and is situated on the North side of the lake.
Como, Wisconsin, is a great place to raise a family. The area has a rural feel, and most people own their homes. It has all the amenities you want. There are parks, restaurants, good schools, shopping areas, quiet neighborhoods, and abundant recreational opportunities. The town of Lake Geneva is just to the south with more options. Interstate 43 and Hwy 12 crisscross north of town and connect to Milwaukee and Chicago.
1. The Lake
This shallow lake (with a depth of up to 9 feet) is a popular place for anglers and boaters. There are two boat ramps, one off Lakeshore Drive and one at the end of Schoefield Drive. Residents of Como have discounted launch fees. One can catch panfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike. Motor trolling is allowed with up to 3 hooks, baits, or lures per angler.
The west and east end of the lake are shallower; the west side meets Como Creek.
Because Lake Como is shallow and smaller, many boaters head over to Lake Geneva with bigger boats and more watersports opportunities.
The actual town of Como is on the north side of the lake - about the same width as the lake and extending north to Palmer Road. The northern part of Como is farmland. Homes close to the waterfront on the north side of the lake are separated from the water by Lakeshore Drive. There are docks on this side of the lake where a resident could keep a boat. The homeowner’s association handles the management of these piers and access to the lake.
On the south side of Lake Como are lakefront homes, lawns leading up to the lake, and private docks. Technically, this area is the community of Lake Geneva and this is where the two communities meld together.
There are also some condominiums and duplexes scattered throughout the area and plenty of vacant lands for you to build your dream home.
Mercy Health Hospital and Medical Center is a major employer in the area and a valuable resource. The school district is the second biggest employer. Local restaurants, shops, and resorts in and around Lake Geneva are good employment opportunities, especially during the tourist season.
The Lake Como Beach Property Owner's Association has been overseeing Lake Como neighborhoods since 1926. It sets ordinances regarding trails and parking around the lake, oversees beach and parking passes, and oversees the public piers where you can keep your boats.
Children attend Como Elementary School and then continue to Lake Geneva schools, including Lake Geneva Middle School and Badger High School.
Lake Geneva is just to the south. Besides the vast lake, there are abundant shopping and recreation activities.
Como has many fantastic restaurants serving everything from steaks and seafood to burgers and salads. Many of the best ones are lakeside. If these don't make you salivate, head further into Lake Geneva for more culinary experiences.
Hunt Club Steakhouse is on the west side of the lake. Specializing in corn-fed steaks, they also have a New Zealand salmon, a local favorite. Tucked among cedar, maple, and pine trees, the restaurant is situated in an old 1915 two-story home that a plumbing magnate formerly owned; it's a wonderful place for a comforting meal.
Mars Resort is a "Classic Wisconsin Supper Club" located on the lake's south shore. One can dine-in or carry out salads, soups, sandwiches, seafood, or entrees with chicken, duck, or steak. It first opened in 1923 and today is a restaurant known for its beach and live piano music.
DJ's in the Drink is a casual lakefront eatery serving American comfort food with a full bar. There are also bar games, a sand volleyball court, and a pier to enjoy the view. You can enjoy breakfast here on Sunday and live music and food specials almost every day of the week.
A historic property since the 1920s, Papa's Blue Spruce Resort was remodeled and reopened in 2018. There are cabins for vacationers and Papa's Pub & Grill for a casual bite to eat. You can order classic bar food such as burgers, po'boys, falafel, salads, and fries.
Holly's Como Inn is the one on our list here that is not right on the water. Come in for a beer and classic American food and stay for sand volleyball, baggo, or a game of pool.
5. Recreation Opportunities
Around the Como/Lake Geneva area are plenty of activities for families. Here are a few highlights:
The Mountain Top Ski & Adventure Center is a local resort for skiing and snowboarding. Wisconsin's top ski resort has 20 runs, three ski lifts, rentals, and lessons.
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa has an 18-hole golf course, disc golf course, archery range, mountain bike trails, and a spa.
Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures has zipline tours, sky bridges, and a ropes course nestled among 100 acres of forest.
Lyons Wildlife Area is 135 acres of grasslands and wetlands. It's a great place to birdwatch; hunting and trapping are allowed as well as cross-country skiing and hiking.
Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy is a 231-acre property with woods, prairies, wildlife, bird watching, hiking trails, creeks, and ponds
Moving to Lake Como
Consider the Lake Como area for great homes nestled among mature trees, a sense of community, and a family-friendly atmosphere. There are options to live on the waterfront, in the block neighborhoods, or off the beaten path. While the homes are closer together, it has a rural ambiance that will make you feel right at home.
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