Explore Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Beaver Dam is located on the southeastern shore of Beaver Dam Lake. The 6,600-acre lake is known for great fishing and abundant recreation. The city is home to the Beaver Dam Family Center and Ice Arena, Charter Raceway, featuring exciting racing action all summer long, and 18 municipal parks, including lakeside parks with fishing piers, boat ramps and picnic areas.
Taste the area’s dairy heritage at the Midwest Cream Cheese Competition and the Taste of Wisconsin beer and cheese tasting event. During the summer enjoy free Sunday ski shows by the award winning Beaverland Must-Skis water ski team. Don’t miss Lake Days and the Day in the Park Arts & Craft Fair in July and the Dodge County Fair in August. Other events include a Memorial Day Parade, the Corn Roast in August and a Holiday Parade in December.
Beaver Dam Lake the fish present in the lake are Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike,and Walleye. There are seven public boat landings and numerous parks along the lake shore.The Beaver Dam River is a 30.5-mile-long tributary of the Crawfish River, and is part of the Mississippi River watershed.
Beaver Dam was first settled by Thomas Mackie and Joseph Goetschius in 1841, and by 1843 had a population of almost 100. The city was named for an old beaver dam located in a stream flowing into Beaver Dam River. The area had also been known as Okwaanim, Chippewa for beaver dam.
The Beaver Dam Unified School District includes the Beaver Dam High School, Beaver Dam Middle School, Don Smith Learning Academy and six neighborhood elementary schools: Jefferson, Lincoln, Prairie View, South Beaver Dam, Washington, and Wilson and in total serves approximately 3,500 students.
Beaver Dam also is home to the Wayland Academy, a liberal arts college preparatory school with students from all over the U.S., and 28 different countries around the world; Saint Stephens Lutheran School and Saint Catherine Drexel Catholic School - both serving K-8th grade.