Lakes, parks and sporting venues provide four-season recreational activities and make the outdoors a place where many in Oconomowoc spend their free time.
The city maintains 47 parks & recreation facilities and sponsors a number of activities and programs. Glacial Drumlin Trail is a multi-use trail for skating, hiking & running. Lapham Peak is a 671-acre park and home to SummerStage, Wisconsin’s most unique outdoor performing arts venue.
The Waukesha County Park System offers areas for biking, camping, golfing, winter activities, swimming and more. Olympia Resort and Spa features massages, body treatments, fitness and more.
Oconomowoc hosts farmer’s markets in the summer and winter in addition to events like Chili Fest, Spring Gallery Night, Chamber Golf Classic, Friday Night Concert Series, Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts and Fall Gallery Night to name just a few.
The Oconomowoc Area School District serves students in Waukesha County, Jefferson County and Dodge County. The district includes Oconomowoc High School, Nature Hill and Silver Lake Intermediate Schools and Greenland, Ixonia, Meadow View, Park Lawn and Summit Elementary Schools.
Oconomowoc provides exceptional healthcare facilities. Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital is a 74-bed, acute-care hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services. Aurora Health Care Hospital, opened in 2009, features 110 patient rooms on a 53-acre campus which also includes Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic, an 180,000-square-foot facility. Roger Memorial Hospital was established in 1907 and offers specialized programs in treating mood, anxiety, eating and substance-abuse disorders.
Service businesses provide around one-third of jobs within a five-mile radius of downtown. Of those, healthcare is the major service business, while manufacturers are the second largest employer. The city includes four industrial parks covering 293 acres.
Incorporated as a city in 1865, Oconomowoc quickly became a summer retreat for tourists and vacationers following the arrival of the railroad. From the 1870s until the Great Depression the city was known as the “Newport of the West” with Main Street earning the nickname “Avenue of the Presidents,” after visits by Presidents Cleveland, Harrison, Grant, Taft, Coolidge, McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
Average temperatures in Oconomowoc range from a low of 37 degrees to average high of 56. The warmest months of the year are July and August, while January and February bring the coldest temperatures on average. Rainfall totals around 36 inches and snowfall is 40 inches yearly.
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