What fun would living on the water be, if you couldn’t take advantage of some exceptional dining spots?
The Little House has created a unique opportunity to visit restaurants with a special dock or boat access. In the two years living on the water, we’ve explored some of these fantastic places.
Here is my personal top 8 waterfront restaurants on Lake Winnebago, Lake Butte Des Morts, and Lake Poygan.
Lake Winnebago is nestled between Fond Du Lac and Appleton, Oshkosh and many small Wisconsin towns between Winnebago Park and High Cliff State Park. This freshwater lake is beautiful and with 88 miles of shoreline to enjoy.
Because Lake Winnebago is a shallow lake with 21 feet being its deepest measurement, it’s a smooth lake to take the boat out on and fish or tour. While boating, we have a few favorite restaurants we like to visit.
The first is TJ’s Harbor.
This one is special to us because my oldest son had his wedding at TJ’s. The views of the lake are great. The food is even better.
They serve a rotisserie-inspired menu. All of the meat for their sandwiches, salads, and plates of pasta are slow roasted in their rotisserie oven to provide a healthy dining alternative on Lake Winneconne.
My second favorite restaurant on Lake Winnebago is Cedar Lodge.
While technically it’s not waterfront, they do offer complimentary boater pick-up. We like to visit on Sundays during their fabulous Sunday brunch.
They serve homemade bread and soups, juicy steaks, and delicious shellfish. Some of their choices include slow roasted prime rib and perfectly seared filets to tenderloin tips and bone‐in ribeyes. Fish entrees include Salmon, Gulf Shrimp, South African Lobster Tails, Jumbo Scallops and Sea Bass to “Friday Night “Lake Perch. Don’t forget the Pork, Chicken, and their famous Fritters for dessert.
Lake Butte Des Morts has excellent summer fishing, boating and ice fishing in the winter. A sportsman’s dream connected to Lake Winnebago. When we want more of a scenic ride before dinner, we’ll head out to the restaurants on Lake Butte Des Morts.
A favorite of mine is the Butte Des Morts Supper Club.
They have chicken wings that are to die for as their Thursday Night special! Their homemade sauce is what sets them apart from other restaurants.
They serve a traditional supper club fare with steaks, pork, fish, seafood, and pasta entrees. All of the entrees include the soup and salad bar which features homemade salad dressings and a variety of salads, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables. The supper club is known for its open flame chargrilled steaks, the famous “house” potatoes and the homemade soups prepared daily.
The second stop on Lake Butte Des Morts is Jimmie’s White House INN.
On Wednesday night they have burger night! The best burgers on the lake! There is nothing better than pulling up to ramp, and a two block walk to enjoy a juicy burger at Jimmie’s.
They serve a mix of Italian and American cuisine. You’ll find Chicken, Steak, Pasta and seafood entrees, fabulous desserts, and the best burgers at the White House Inn.
From Lake Butte Des Morts travel north on the Wolf River to Lake Winneconne & Lake Poygan.
The Fin N Feather almost needs no introduction.
With a boat dock right out the back door, it’s hard not to want to stop for a drink, a tasty pizza, and the fantastic wolf river view. They have a classic riverboat renovated for parties, weddings, and other special occasions.
They serve a famously fresh salad bar leads you to their delicious prepared salads and dishes, their soup bar, and onto their extensive, diverse buffet.
Are you looking for a fun hideaway between Lake Winneconne and Lake Poygan? We love boating up to the Boom Bay Bar and Grill dock and enjoying a good fish fry!
Boom Bay Bar and Grill.
With a Fish fry on Friday and an outdoor Tiki bar opens at four on Fridays and noon on Saturday and Sunday, you can always find a good burger and a good time at Boom Bay Bar and Grill.
They have plenty of docking space if you’re out by boat.
Another one of our favorite spots is on the Wolf River just between Lake Poygan and Partridge Lake in Fremont. We especially like their burgers!
The Bridge Bar in Fremont is directly on the wolf river.
It has a great dock and back deck for live music and events. Their Friday night fish fry and burger specials are great! Visit them out on your next ride.
North of Lake Poygan off of Partridge Lake you’ll find a friendly resort to visit whether you’re heading up or down the Wolf River.
At the Red Banks Resort, you can enjoy a hearty, home-cooked bite to eat while you watch the fishermen off the back porch or enjoying a cold drink inside.
You better be hungry the next time you head out on the water because there are some fantastic lakefront restaurants you need to try!