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Johnson Creek is a village in Jefferson CountyWisconsin, United States. The population was 2,738 at the 2010 census. The village is approximately halfway between Milwaukee and Madison, at the intersection of Wisconsin Highway 26 and Interstate 94.

Located at the corner of I-94 and State Hwy 26, Johnson Creek is in the center of Jefferson County. Location drives business and commercial growth within the community. The population grew 73% within the last U.S. Census. Residential growth has exploded based on a convenient location and new public schools.

While Johnson Creek offers many of the attractions of a large metropolitan area, it possesses something that large cities typically lack – a “small town feel” that we value deeply. Named after Timothy Johnson one of its first settlers, the Village is laid back, friendly, community-oriented, familiar, soulful and infused with nature – a “livable small village with heart”. Visit the Johnson Creek Historical Society to see artifacts and learn more.

If hiking or biking is your thing, you can hop on the Glacial River Trail and enjoy the scenic beauty riding to the surrounding communities. Combine history with hiking at Aztalan State Park (see pg 24) with ancient pyramid mounds and archeological history, just 5 miles west of Johnson Creek. Bring your canoe or kayak along and take a leisurely paddle down the Rock River.

If you like hunting, several public hunting grounds are within minutes. Practice your skills at the Milford Hills Hunt Club.

When old man winter arrives, bring your cross-country skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles to travel the over 472 miles of well-marked trails in Jefferson County. Visit Rob’s Performance Motorsports (Honda, Can-AM, Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo and KTM), John Hartwig Motor Sports (Polaris) or Rock River Power Sports (Yamaha) for all your motorsports needs.

The Jefferson County Dog Park , which promotes recreation and overall health and welfare for companion dogs and their caregivers, is located just off of Highway 26 between Jefferson and Johnson Creek. The entire park is 109 acres in size and contains two large dog areas and two small dog areas.

The first two settlers were Charles Goodhue and Timothy Johnson, the latter of whom also founded nearby Watertown. While sometimes called Belleville, this caused it to be confused with another Belleville, Wisconsin, and the post office has always been named Johnson Creek. The village took its name from its location on Johnson Creek.  Johnson Creek was founded where the Union Pacific railroad crosses Johnson Creek just above where the stream empties into the Rock River. The Union Pacific spur currently runs from Fort Atkinson to Clyman Junction. 

The Johnson Creek School District operates a 4K-4 campus on the eastern side of the village, along Wisconsin Highway 26, a 5-12 campus on the western side of the village and an alternative high school on the old campus. It serves about 750 students. Johnson Creek High School won the 2007 Wisconsin State Baseball Championship in WIAA Division 4. The baseball team was WIAA Division 4 State Runner's Up in 2012.

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