Williams Bay


Community Stats

County: Walworth County

Population: 2,605

City Info: Local government website

To Milwaukee: 52 Min

To Chicago:99 Min

Williams Bay Overview

The charming village of Williams Bay is located on the Northeast corner of Geneva Lake in Southeastern Wisconsin. It is one of the three municipalities on Geneva Lake, named after Captain Israel Williams from Massachusetts.

With a small local population of roughly 2,000 people, Williams Bay is a quiet oasis for residents and visitors alike. From swimming at the local William’s Bay beach to nature walks in Kishwauketoe Conservancy to fine dining at Italian Bistros or lakeside cafes, there’s something for everyone.

William’s Bay is a short 10-minute ride away from other lakefront destinations such as Lake Geneva and Fontana making the entire lake area accessible and enjoyable.

William’s Bay is world-renown for its famous Yerkes Observatory, the world’s largest refracting telescope used by notable scientists, researchers, and astronomers such as Albert Einstein and Edwin Hubble, constructed by the University of Chicago in 1897. Yerkes Observatory is still open to the public for stargazing and research. William’s Bay school system includes the public school system serving grades K-12: Williams Bay Elementary, Junior High, and High School and Faith Christian. The small village is home to Aurora University’s George Williams College located on the lakefront.

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Rushwood Park

Samuel Donian Wetland Preserve

Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy


Cafe Calamari

Harpoon Willies

Pier 290


Elementary School: Williams Bay Elementary School

Middle School: Williams Bay Junior High School

High School: Williams Bay High School


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