Lake Waubesa

Lake Waubesa is the 3rd largest lake in the Yahara chain of lakes. It is home to 70 bird species and 11 mammalian species. Located only minutes from downtown Madison and with considerably more affordable real estate than other Madison lakes, Lake Waubesa is a great destination if you're interested in both wildlife and recreation. Get your pontoon boat ready and head to Lake Waubesa! You can make a whole day of it by heading north on Lake Waubesa and connecting through to Lake Monona. For more about Lake Waubesa real estate, Click Here.

Sunset over the lake in the winter from a Lake Waubesa waterfront home

Lake Waubesa Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $675K
Lowest Price $10K
Highest Price $10M
Total Listings 401
Avg. Days On Market 170
Avg. Price/SQFT $346

Property Types (active listings)

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Lake Waubesa Homes For Sale

There has been tremendous investment in homes and real estate on Lake Waubesa, so you can find a range of homes for sale at all price points.

On one end of the spectrum you have luxury waterfront estates like Brett Bielma's former Lake Waubesa home (which he never moved into prior to leaving Wisconsin) which sold for $1.75m (with competing offers). On the other end of the spectrum you can find modestly priced single-family homes and cottages.

There are also some vacant lots and small cottages left on Waubesa, some of which are tear-downs. These are perfect for those who want to design and build their dream home from the ground up or remodel a home one area at a time.

Popular Lake Waubesa neighborhoods featuring affordable homes with lake frontage include Brickson Park, Camp Leonard, Crescent Park, Edwards Park, Greenridge Park, Idlewood, Larson Beach, Morris Park and Waubesa Beach.

More recently, Lake Waubesa is seeing some new construction condo projects that is adding sorely needed inventory. Condos are great real estate opportunities for those who want an affordable starter home or are looking to downsize to a low-maintenance lifestyle.

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Lake Waubesa Summary

Lake Waubesa is a 2,074 acre lake located in Dane County with 15 miles of shoreland. It has a maximum depth of about 38 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from 11 parks, 4 public boat landings, and a public beach at Goodland County Park Beach located on Lake Waubesa's Western shore. Fishing is year-round and includes Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye and Catfish.

Lake Waubesa Recreation

Lake Waubesa, a sparkling gem in southern Wisconsin, offers a plethora of unique activities that celebrate its natural beauty and the rich community that thrives on its shores, lakeside living provides a calmer, more quiet way of life, however that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the excitement that comes with the waterfront activities and artistic scene in the area.

15 acre Goodman Park on Lake Waubesa's western shores is one of the oldest parks in Dane County. This partially wooded park includes about 600 feet of shoreline, two shelter houses, several picnic areas, play equipment, a softball field, a horseshoe pit and designated areas for volleyball, tennis and basketball. There is also an unsupervised swimming area and a public boat launch. 

Lake Farm County Park is a 328-acre park on the northwestern side of Lake Waubesa. It is part of the Capitol Springs Centennial State Park and Recreation Area. This park features three shelters, play equipment, a public boat launch with fish cleaning facility, camping grounds, wildlife pond, lookout tower, hiking and cross-country ski trails, off-leash dog exercise area, disc golf course, and the Native American Archaeological Trail. With several dog parks also in the area, this makes for a beautiful place to bring the family and friends for outings on the weekend for a relaxing day out in the sunshine on the lakefront.

The Lake Waubesa Bible Camp offers a unique experience for those seeking spiritual and personal growth. Set in a peaceful, wooded environment, the camp provides opportunities for reflection, meditation, and personal development, making it a perfect destination for those seeking a transformative experience. 

The lake's rich culinary scene is another highlight, with waterfront restaurants like Culver's, Green Lantern, Maple Tree Supper Club, Palenque Mexican Bar & Grill, Christy's Landing, Park Side Pub, and more offering delectable meals with stunning lake views. Savor fresh, locally sourced cuisine while enjoying the serene ambiance that define dining experiences in this cozy lakeside community. 

 Lake Waubesa Facts & Figures  

Size (in acres): 2,074
Elevation (feet above mean sea level): 845
Maximum Depth (in feet): 38
Mean Depth (in feet): 16
Number of Beaches: 1
Number of Boat Landings: 4
Parks: 11
Bottom:  60% sand, 5% gravel, 0% rock, 35% muck
Fish: Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye and Catfish
Sources: Yahara Waterways, Dep't of National Resources, Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commission

View over Lake Mendota in Wisconsin

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Lake Waubesa Resources

5100 Bar 
Babcock County Park
Brickston Park
Capitol Springs Centennial State Park And Recreation Area
Christy’s Landing 
Crescent Park
Edwards Park
Green Lantern Restaurant
Goodland County Park Beach
Lake Farm County Park
Lake Waubesa Conservation Association
Lake Waubesa Fishery Area
McDaniels Park
Mud Lake Park

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