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Attractions & Recreation
Recreational opportunities abound in Beaver Dam. Locals and visitors enjoy golfing, hiking, biking, swimming, water skiing, boating, fishing, waterfowl hunting and other outdoor sports throughout the spring, summer and autumn. Winter is filled with ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, cross-country skiing and tobogganing. The Beaver Dam Family Center & Ice Arena provides an ice skating facility from autumn through spring, used by local youth hockey organizations, the Beaver Dam High School Hockey Team, Swan City Ice Skaters, and for open skating sessions for the community.

Beaver Dam Raceway (located just east of the U.S. Highway 151 and State Highway 33 interchange) provides racing enthusiasts with exciting dirt track racing action that includes sprint cars, midgets, late models and more. The track operates from May through October, hosting special racing events throughout the season. Racing is held every Saturday during the season, beginning at 6:30 PM.

The Dodge County Fairgrounds, just east of Beaver Dam, is home to the Dodge County Fair which is held the third week of August. The Dodge County Fair was once known as the largest county fair in the nation.

Another summer pastime is the free entertainment provided by the Beaverland Must-Skis ski team, who perform just off Tahoe Park on Beaver Dam Lake most Sunday evenings and some Friday nights. Shows run from the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend to the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. The Must-Skis is an award winning, family oriented organization that hosts local clinics, and regional tournaments and competitions. Both locals as well as visitors are invited to watch the spectacular shows during Beaver Dam's annual Lake Days celebration each year. Children through adults of all ages are invited to participate in the Learn to Ski clinics.

Beaver Dam's Park, Recreation & Forestry Department provides a wide range of activities for adults and youth. Annual programs include outdoor activities in municipal parks and on school district athletic fields. Indoor activities are held in various facilities with some programs coordinated with the local YMCA.

The YMCA of Dodge County offers year round athletic and recreational opportunities for the whole family. In addition, local membership allows access to the more than 2,400 YMCAs nationwide. The current Y facility, dedicated in September of 1960, will be replaced with a brand new athletic center, swimming complex that will include an Olympic style pool and water park, and recreational acreage for soccer and other sports fields. The new complex opened in 2006.

Tower Lanes, the area's only bowling facility, offers year round leagues as well as open bowling time, daily.

Two quality golf courses provide golf enthusiasts with hours of recreation. The Beaver Dam Country Club is located just north of the city on Highway 33, along Beaver Dam Lake's eastern shore. The Par 72, 6,000 yard course was designed in the mid 1960's and offers small elevated greens, mature trees and well placed bunkers. In addition to the beautifully landscaped 18 hole course, the Beaver Dam Country Club has facilities that include a full service banquet hall (total capacity of 350), capable of hosting two events simultaneously. Old Hickory Golf Club is located just east of the city and the interchange of Highways 33 and 151, on Highway 33. Established in 1920, it is one of Wisconsin's oldest and most memorable golf courses. Old Hickory offers a mature, well groomed 7,000 yard, 18 hole golf course, that also has banquet facilities for events of all types.

Beaver Dam Lake offers year round recreational opportunity. Three of the city's lakeside parks offer boat ramps to launch water craft of all sizes for a nominal fee. Fishing, skiing and boating are popular recreation three seasons each year. Each autumn the lake is a popular backdrop for waterfowl hunters. In the winter, Beaver Dam Lake is home to ice shanties for ice fishing weekends and ice skating for youth and adults alike.

Beaver Dam and the surrounding area are home to a number of annual events, including:

  • Chamber Annual Dinner / Business & Citizen of the Year Recognition - 4th Wednesday in January
  • Midwest Cream Cheese Competition - 2nd Saturday of March
  • Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast - 1st Sunday in March
  • Spring Election Candidates Forum - 4th Wednesday in March
  • Rotary Casino Night - 1st Saturday in April
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon - 4th Wednesday in April
  • Nancy's Notions Sewing Exposition - 1st weekend in May
  • Race Into Summer Festival - Sunday of Memorial Day weekend
  • Memorial Day Parade - Memorial Day
  • Taste of Wisconsin (beer & cheese tasting) - Saturday before Father's Day
  • Swan City Classic Car Show - Father's Day
  • Lake Days / Swan Park Craft Fair - 2nd weekend in July
  • Dodge County Fair - 3rd Wednesday in August through the following Sunday
  • Corn Roast - 4th Wednesday of August
  • Economic Update Luncheon - 3rd Wednesday in November
  • Holiday Parade - 1st Saturday in December

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Swan City Bandshell

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Beaverland Must-Skis

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Beaver Dam Raceway


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