Fond du Lac (French for "Foot [or Bottom] of the Lake") is located in east central Wisconsin at the south shore of Lake Winnebago.
Fond du Lac was once a trading center for the French and the local Indians. Effigy mounds near the city that date back to 500 B.C. point to the importance of this area for the Indian ancestors.
Lake Winnebago is home to water sports of all types including ice fishing in the Winter. The 400-acre Lakeside Park hosts year-round activities and features gardens, lagoons, covered bridges, a marina and a lighthouse.
You can bike or hike nearby State Park trails or explore the famous Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Fond du Lac is home to Marian University.
Among GreatPlacesToRetire.com cities, Fond du Lac ranks high in proximity to nearest big city and home prices. Fond du Lac ranks low in man-made hazards risk and home energy use.
For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:
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