BIG FOOT BEACH STATE PARK ACTIVITIES
The park has 6.5 miles of hiking trails through forest and open meadow. Most of the trails are relatively short and none are very strenuous.
Blue trail - The 0.9-blue trail takes visitors along a natural soil surface path through the park's western end. Mixed hardwoods open into a small grassland that contains ¿horse tail¿ equiseteum, which is unique in the park. The blue trail is generally level, but does have one area that would be rated moderate for its incline.
Hiking Orange trail - The 0.8-mile orange trail is found in the park's east end along the service road. The surface is mowed grass and winds through a mixture of pines planted by park staff in the 1980s and recently restored prairie. Level terrain, easy walking for visitors.
Hiking Purple trail - The 0.6-mile purple trail is located in the park's northeast section. The trail is mowed grass or natural soil surface and circles through an area of pine tree¿s planted by park staff in the 1980s. Level terrain, with one small incline rated as moderate.
Hiking Red trail - The 0.5-mile red trail is located near the middle of the park. It travels through mixed hardwoods along a grass covered surface. Level terrain, with one small incline rated as moderate.
Green trail - The 2.9-mile green trail is the park¿s longest trail. It follows along the parks perimeter for most of its length, taking visitors through the parks diverse landscapes. Gentle to rolling terrain, easy walking for most visitors.
Hiking Black trail - The 1.6-mile black trail has a mowed grass surface with a few areas that are bare earth. Hikers will enjoy themselves as the trail travels along our southern border past a recently restored prairie, and then though a patch of conifers planted by park staff in the early 1980s. Gentle to rolling terrain, easy walking for most visitors.
Hiking Yellow trail - The 1.2-mile yellow trail travels along a mixed surface of natural soils and mowed grass in the western half of the property. Visitors following this trail enjoy the park's mixed hardwood landscape and the woodland birds and animals who call it home. Level terrain, easy walking for most visitors.
When winter conditions permit, park staff set a track for traditional cross-country skiing on the trails that traverse the east end of the park. Pets are not allowed on groomed ski trails. Winter Hiking and snowshoeing are allowed anywhere in the park.
Canoeing and Kayaking opportunities are available in Ceylon Lagoon and Lake Geneva. Seasonal rentals area available.
There is no boat launch in the park. Two public launches are available just south of the park, in downtown Lake Geneva and in Linn Township. The park's northern shoreline is a good spot to anchor and recreate for the day.
Fishing is available at Ceylon Lagoon. An accessible fishing pier is a short-distance from the disabled parking area. Fishing equipment is loaned free of charge at the office. A fishing license is required of anyone age 16 and over.
Lake Geneva is known for its clear, clean water. Big Foot Beach has a 100-foot marked swimming area. No lifeguards are on duty.