What We Do

At its humble beginnings, The Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce was a part-time information center located in Playground Park. We moved into our current location in 1995, and purchased our building in 1998.


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Established in 1965, the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is the local business association, as well as a visitor information center, and a community organization.  Open year-round from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, the staff at the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce are available to answer questions, offer vacation planning tips, and also to give other area information and guidance.

The Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is the pulse of the area’s recreational activities and attractions.  We are the central point of contact for inquiries and the initial point of contact for new and returning visitors.  With an inviting lobby that is filled with local and state literature for our guests, we do our best to ensure our guests are informed and feel welcome in our community.

In addition to assisting visitors when they are seeking more information about Green Lake, the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is also responsible for many of the community’s most significant events; including Golden Days Harvest Fest, Green Lake’s Fourth of July Celebration, the Family Picnic Night with the UW Marching Band, Wine Walk, #HireMeNow Job Expo, Keep the Cheer Here, and the Winter Fest Trout Derby. Throughout our summer season, the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce also organizes a weekly concert series called Concerts in the Park.  These events draw upwards of 30,000+ people into Green Lake and are a large part of what makes Green Lake such a vibrant lake community and so special to us.

Want to learn more about our Chamber initiatives and what we do?  Watch our video here.

OUR HISTORY

For over 150 years, tourists and visitors have been answering the call to come experience Green Lake. Early travelers from as far south as New Orleans and as far east as Philadelphia arrived by train and made the last ten-mile leg of their journey by horse and coach along winding, dusty roads. Years later, whole families drove hundreds or thousands of miles across the country to experience a slice of the good life in one of America’s oldest resort communities.

The attraction seemed to be the cool breezes captured by the multistory wraparound porches of our large-frame hotels, providing travelers with an escape from the summer heat. Or perhaps it was the lake itself, glimmering with invitation on a sunny day. For decades, people have cruised through our cool waters on steamers for sightseeing and sailed along the shore for sport and for fun. Fishing and hunting from the area’s ample stock of fish and game gave visitors yet another way to pass their days in leisure.


pre-historic period

The lake with a color that resembled “a gem of jade” came to be as glaciers melted creating our landscape which is as diverse as the waters that melted here, creating “low sandy beaches, perpendicular cliffs, rocks, swamps, troughs and ridges.”

before 1600

The Winnebago Tribe began to settle in the Green Lake Area. The Winnebago Native Americans believed that Daycholah (the Native name for Green Lake) was the home to the Water Spirit, making it a very important place to worship and celebrate.

1832

A treaty from the United States government, signed by the tribe ceded their lands east of the Fox Rivers and most Natives in the area were forcibly relocated to Native reservations. Within fifty years, more than half of the Natives who left the Green Lake area had passed away from Smallpox.

1835

The first white settler arrives in Green Lake

1847

The area begins to have a sizable settler population, and Anson Dart and John Sherwood begin to plot “The Village of Dartford” which would later become Green Lake.

1862

The Village of Dartford becomes the County seat

1867

The first summer resort, Oakwood Lodge, was built by David Greenway. It is believed to be the first summer resort West of Niagara Falls. Other resorts soon followed.

1871

Trains begin taking visitors from as far away as New Orleans and Philadelphia, where families would rent cottages for the entire summer season

1907

The Village of Dartford changes its name to Green Lake to match the name of the train station in the area.

1911

Chief Highknocker, the last Winnebago chief in the area passes away at the age of 91 in a tragic swimming accident in the Fox River

1940’s

Most of the large wooden hotels are destroyed by fire or torn down. Only a few original cottages exist today.

Today

Visitors continue to be drawn to the cool inviting waters of Green Lake. The waters of Green Lake play host to every water sport imaginable like fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, diving or just simply floating. Together, the visitors and residents of Green Lake can enjoy the area’s abundant nature and wildlife.

Board of Directors

Kristen Hermanson | President (2024) | Fortifi Bank | khermanson@fortifibank.com

Kevin Castleberry | Vice President (2024)  | Green Lake Dental | castleberry@greenlakedentalwi.com

Rachel Avery | Treasurer/Secretary | Thrasher Opera House | rachael@thrasheroperahouse.com

Paula Bilodeau | Past President |Millers Daughter B&B |info@Millersdaughter.com

Mike Ertmer | Board Member | Special Properties | mike@special-properties.com

Chuck Hurley |Board Member | Norton’s Dry Dock | chuck@nortonsdrydock.com

Rachel Nitz | Board Member | Adams Rib | reanitz@gmail.com

Christine Seno |Board Member | On Green Lake Rentals, LLC | info@ongreenlakerentals.com

Mike White |Board Member | Heidel House Hotel & Conference Center |mike@carolshores.com

Mayor Ray Radis | City of Green Lake | mayor@ci.greenlake.wi.gov

Gina Baxter | Green Lake School District | baxterg@glsd.k12.wi.us

 

Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Staff

 

Executive Director | OPEN POSITION

The Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Executive Director to lead our organization. As the Executive Director, you will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our operations and providing strategic leadership to drive our mission forward. This is a senior leadership position that requires exceptional management skills, business acumen, and the ability to inspire and motivate a team. View Full Job Description.

Kylie Kline
Marketing Coordinator  |   kylie@visitgreenlake.com

Please welcome Kylie Kline to the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce as our Marketing Coordinator.  At a young age, Kylie attained her realtor’s license and was the past Executive Director for the Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce. Kylie is attending Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and will graduate in May with a degree in digital marketing. In her spare time, she enjoys family, crafting, and loves to check out new places to eat. She is excited to start promoting beautiful Green Lake and cannot wait to meet all our Members! Please welcome Kylie to the Chamber team!

Angie Evans
Event Coordinator  |   angie@visitgreenlake.com

Angie loves to work in Green Lake because it feels like home. Born and raised in Berlin, Wisconsin – just a few minutes down the road, Angie enjoys small town hospitality and having a community that works together to get things done. Angie came to the Green Lake Chamber in April 2023 and has been enjoying the Green Lake Good Life. In her spare time, she enjoys going on walks with her boyfriend, Ben and her pup, Jimbo, attending various concerts, and spending time with her family and friends.