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.
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.