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“Fairly large park, but not very remarkable”

Big Foot Beach State Park
Ranked #12 of 20 things to do in Lake Geneva
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Owner description: A favorite with families and nature enthusiasts, this 271-acre park on the shore of Lake Geneva, offers wooded campsites, a sand beach and plenty of picnic areas.
Reviewed August 26, 2017

On a recent road trip, we decided to have a picnic lunch in Lake Geneva. Spotting this park on the map, we figured this might be the perfect place.

The biggest surprise is that if you try to drive into the park, you will need to get a vehicle permit. (Wisconsin DNR's rules) The lady at the booth told us the (out of state) permit was $11 for the day. When I mentioned that this seemed high for what would probably be a 60 minute visit, she said there were some great trails and the picnic area and playground are both very nice.

In reality, there weren't *that* many picnic tables, although there was one covered shelter house. The playground was smaller and older than you'd find in most small town city parks.

We did walk on a couple of the trails -- again, they were OK, but nothing special. I would agree with the others about the beach: it's quite narrow, and has a somewhat busy county road right behind it. I wouldn't recommend it for younger children.

Tip: Try to find a free spot to park nearby, to avoid the admission fee. Also, we found out later that some Wisconsin parks offer a one-hour sticker, which is about 1/2 the price of what we paid for our daily sticker. (This was never offered to us at the gate, so might not be available here.)

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"small beach"
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"park ranger"
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"electric sites"
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"flush toilets"
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"nice picnic"
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"women's bathroom"
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"garbage cans"
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"a tad bit"
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"tent camping"
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"wisconsin state parks"
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"hiking paths"
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"busy highway"
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"great trails"
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Reviewed August 24, 2017

This RV park is near downtown Lake Geneva...we drove through it to see if it could accomodate our 38 ft. Motorhome since we needed a place to stay. Unfortunately the road was too narrow and had low trees hanging down over the road, and the camp sites were very tight and short which would not work for us. From what we could see firsthand, most of the sites were good only for a tent or small camper...nothing longer than 20 ft would even fit. It is a very expensive park per night with very few amenities. We would definitely not be able to get satellite reception due to too many trees.

1  Thank 872Cathy
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Reviewed August 19, 2017

This is a beautiful park with very nice campsites, especially the tent sites (the electric sites are long and narrow, not as private), nice shower facilities, plenty of trails, nice picnic areas, a small beach, and family activities. When we were there they showed a free movie, with free popcorn. The trails are well-marked, mostly flat and not strenuous at all. Since the park is completely within the city limits of Lake Geneva, there is a lot to do if it rains or you just want to get out of the campground for a while. I would not recommend the campsites near the shower facilities. They are wide open with no privacy, smaller, and the lights from the shower and flush toilet building are so bright that your campsite would be very bright all night long.

1  Thank Patricia G
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Reviewed August 9, 2017

Camp ground filled on weekends but very nice and not very loud at night maybe because no alcohol allowed and they do enforce,Not sure how they call it a beach?? Beach is full of lake debris,I dont think no effort is put into raking up along the shore the entire year. or add any sand along the shore.very rocky and a bunch of old pieces of trees/seaweed along the shore.swimming outside the rope area is very difficult as it gets filled with boats and partying like crazy on weekends.

1  Thank Mike R
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Reviewed August 3, 2017

This is a well maintained and beautiful beach and park area! The parking was easy to access the beach and the park rangers and attendants were very nice.

1  Thank Sarah N
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