Taking to Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Pewaukee (meaning “Lake of Shells”) was first inhabited by Sauk, Menomonie, Winnebago and Potawatomi American Indian tribes. Settlers didn’t arrive until 1836, establishing homes along Pewaukee Lake. Among some of the earliest settlers was Deacon Asa Clark, who later became a prominent presence in Pewaukee. Upon arriving to Milwaukee, Clark joined a partnership to open the first sawmill on Pewaukee Lake, later dissolving the partnership and opening a mill in 1838. The lime and stone industry followed in 1844 and flourished for many years after. Upon the successes of early industry general stores, blacksmith and wagon shops were established to serve the growing number of workers in the area.
Soon after the extension of the railroad from Milwaukee in the 1880s, Pewaukee began to attract summer visitors in large numbers. Two prominent hotels serving the guests from Milwaukee, Chicago and other parts of the country were the Oakton Springs and Health’s. With clever advertising and word of mouth, the Pewaukee area quickly became known as a fisherman’s paradise and for its unrivaled beauty.
Today Pewaukee is still known as a fishing enthusiast’s dream come true, providing the best musky fishing in southeast Wisconsin. Pewaukee Lake also promises year-round fun — swimming, boating or fishing in spring and summer; strolling the shoreline to take in the many colors of autumn; or ice skating at Lakefront Park during winter. Visiting Pewaukee means experiencing the charm and beauty of what our locals refer to as Lake Country living, while catching glimpses of times past.