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If Oconomowoc area residents aren’t hard at work, chances are they’re out enjoying the area’s myriad cultural and recreational activities and events. Oconomowoc’s many lakes and rolling woodlands are the setting for four seasons of outdoor recreation. For generations, summer has been an especially popular time to get out and enjoy the area’s amenities. The area’s rivers, lakes and ponds make it perfect for the whole range of water activities, including swimming, water skiing, sail boarding, fishing and boating of all types. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department administers 33 parks, and sponsors activities and fitness programs for youths and adults ranging from ballroom dance to Tae Kwon Do. 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.

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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. In autumn, bow and firearm hunters take to the woods, fields and marshes in quest of deer, small game, upland birds and waterfowl. The fall colors bring out hikers, bikers and Sunday drivers. Spring carpets the forest floor with flowering trillium, followed by the mushroom hunters in search of delectable morels.

Oconomowoc area communities also host special events and festivals throughout the year. Ebert’s Greenhouse Village annually holds a Summer Breeze Festival, Mum Festival and Country Harvest Fair. A highlight of the year is the annual Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, one of the nation’s best juried art fairs. Held the third weekend in August for more than 30 years, the event features music on three stages, food booths, children’s art activities and artwork by local and nationally-known artists.

Whether you’re a new family looking for a place to set down roots, or an established business seeking to expand, come discover a promising future in the Oconomowoc area. Nestled in the heart of Wisconsin’s Lake Country, Oconomowoc is a community that shines year round. Celebrated in song, steeped in rich history, blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, and home to a remarkable inventory of businesses and industry, the City of Oconomowoc is a community where quality of life is a way of life.

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