Best known for its proximity to Lake Winnebago, Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, and the National Ice Age Reserve Unit, Fond du Lac County is also very popular for watersports, hunting, hiking, fishing and more. While the countryside provides beautiful scenery and exciting recreation, the cities of Fond du Lac and Ripon provide its visitors with great entertainment, wonderful historical districts and many cultural events.
Fond du Lac, which means "Foot of the Lake", received its name from the French trappers exploring the south end of Lake Winnebago. The city's 400 acre Lakeside Park serves as a central location to go and enjoy the outdoors, bringing both families and the community together. Ripon is proud to have contributed to the political shaping of our country by being the birthplace of the Republican Party.
Whether you love to hike and escape to the great outdoors, catch a musical performance, or want to soak up history and admire spectacular architecture, you can do it in Fond du Lac County. We are one of Wisconsin’s best kept secrets.