And a lot you never thought of.

Fast Facts

There’s a lot to like about Fond du Lac and the Lake Winnebago Region — and a lot, if you’re an inquiring mind, to know.

  • The Winnebago Indians were the major tribe to occupy the Fond du Lac area.
  • The city of Fond du Lac is situated on the southern shores of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s largest inland lake and one of the largest fresh water lakes in America.
  • Lake Winnebago covers 137,708 acres, 88 miles of shoreline and is approximately 30 miles long by 10 miles wide.
  • The average depth of Lake Winnebago is 15.5 feet with a 21 foot maximum depth
  • Ice fishing is very popular and it’s not uncommon to view 10,000 cars parked on the lake during the frigid months.  
  • The annual spearing hunt for the bottom dwelling, prehistoric sturgeon fish begins the second Saturday in February.  
  • Fond du Lac is host to Walleye Weekend, an annual summer festival held at Lakeside Park and is centered on the Mercury Marine National Walleye Fishing Tournament.
  • In all, Fond du Lac County is home to 42 lakes plus numerous rivers and trout streams to lure the anglers.
  • The Fond du Lac County park system includes 11 county parks and a public hunting ground that together total more than 1,200 acres.
  • Lakeside Park contains more than 400 acres of open recreational space on the south end of Lake Winnebago.
  • The Fond du Lac County recreation trail system includes six year-round multiple-purpose recreation trails, providing more than 50 miles of hiking, running, cross-country skiing and bicycling opportunities. Additionally, 293 miles of state-funded snowmobile trails open each winter for local and long distance snowmobiling.
  • Incorporated on April 1, 1839, Fond du Lac County currently has a population of approximately 101,984.
  • Fond du Lac was incorporated in 1847 as a village and in 1852 as a city.
  • Fond du Lac’s elevation is 760 feet above sea level.

Tourism attraction:

In matters of tourism attraction, Fond du Lac County showed the biggest increase of 72 counties in the state of Wisconsin in two key areas — direct tourism visitor spending and total business sales, based on a study released by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and Tourism Economics. Fond du Lac County tourism numbers:

  • Direct visitor spending was $132.2 million in 2015, up from $120 million in 2014. – 10.2% increase (biggest gain in state of Wisconsin).
  • Total business sales were $227.3 million in 2015, up from $210.9 in 2014 – 7.74% increase (biggest gain in state of Wisconsin).
  • Fond du Lac County also saw one of the largest increases in job growth – a 3.15% increase in 2015.
  • Labor income rose 6.55% from 2014 to 2015 – $55.6 million to $59.2 million
  • Visitors generated $16.9 million in state and local taxes in 2015.
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