You’ll find Edgerton’s charming downtown to be a treasure trove of history, one of Rock County’s gems!
From its historic buildings, such as the Railroad Depot and tobacco warehouse, to its museums and festivals, Edgerton beckons you to visit, explore and enjoy!
A beloved book “Rascal” written in 1963 has made the Sterling North House and Museum in Edgerton an international destination. The autobiography by Sterling North, recounts his youthful adventures with adopting a baby raccoon at the turn of the century. The well-loved novel was also made into a Disney movie by the same name. Visit the home at 409 W Rollin St, Edgerton, WI.
Edgerton’s old-fashioned brick storefronts are scenic backdrops for its wealth of historic sites and festivals.
If you work up an appetite while exploring downtown, or riding the bike trails, stop at one of the many pubs or restaurants in the area. You can follow it up by enjoying a production in the new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center.
Be sure to stop in to see the WPA Mural in the Post Office, the Edgerton Area History Museum in the railroad depot, or the restored 1800s log cabin in Clay Pit Heritage Park. Take the family to cool off at the Edgerton Aquatic Center, a great facility for all ages that features a playground, graduated pool and sand volleyball.
Edgerton offers many special reasons to visit throughout the year.
In the summer enjoy the weekly Edgerton Community Farmers Market, Tobacco Heritage Days and Rock River Thresheree, followed by Chilimania. Fall brings the Chamber Fall Fest and the Sterling North Book & Film Festival in October. Winter festivities end the year with Christmas in the Community and the Snowflake Craft Fair.
Indianford and Fulton Area
Once the spot where Chief Blackhawk and his braves crossed the Rock River, the rushing waters below the Indianford dam may well be the best fishing spot in the county.
Standing along the river bank in scenic Indianford Park, anglers can catch impressive northern pike or walleye, as well as an abundance of crappie, catfish, white bass and bluegills. The Fulton Congregational Church, listed on the National Historic Register, and the restored school house next door offer a glimpse into yesteryear.
Lake Koshkonong, one of Wisconsin’s largest lakes, is a vacationers’ playground all year!
Right near Edgerton, you can enjoy water sports, fishing and boating in summer, and snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter. Lake Koshkonong is over 10,460 acres, and has a maximum depth of 7 feet. Anglers enjoy fishing for northern pike or walleye, as well as crappie, catfish, white bass and bluegills. The lake and surrounding wetlands are a haven to multitudes of birds and wildlife, including American White Pelicans and Sandhill Cranes.
Newville provides access to Lake Koshkonong and the Rock River and has several places to launch boats at public launches and marinas. It is conveniently located on Interstate 90-39 at highway 59, on the northern border of Rock County. The area offers a variety of dining experiences, including Wisconsin Supper Clubs, with many of the area restaurants and bars located right on the water with boat docks. For a leisurely time, rent a pontoon boat from Anchor Inn and cruise the river and the lake. If camping is your pleasure, the Lake Koshkonong area offers more campsites than any other area in Wisconsin. Other lodging opportunities in the Lake Koshkonong area include Bed and Breakfasts, hotels and vacation rentals.
Entertainment and fun never stops at the lake!
From rock, to blues and country, you’ll find a wide variety of live music every weekend at area restaurants and bars around the lake. Events hosted in the area include Wisconsin’s longest pub crawls – Koshtoberfest in October , Thunder on the Lake APBA Boat Races and a Venetian Boat Parade in the summer.
Whether you choose to drop a line into the water, or drop yourself into a lounge chair; groove to some live music, or revel in the quiet of the lake sunrise, you’ll find Lake Koshkonong to be the perfect Wisconsin getaway. Learn more at www.koshfun.com