The Muskego area was originally home to the Potawatomi tribe, who named it Mus-kee-Guaac which means “marsh.” With three lakes, large forests and abundant game, the area supported a large population of Potawatomi. In 1827, the first European man arrived and established a trading post. Five years later, the Potawatomi ceded their lands in Wisconsin to the U.S. government. Despite being relocated, the Potawatomi continued to return to hunt and fish in and around Muskego lakes until the 1870s.

In 1836, the Luther Parker family arrived from New Hampshire. Others followed, establishing five separate settlements in the town of Muskego: Yankees in Muskego center, English in Durham Hill, Irish in Denoon, Germans in Tess Corners and Norwegians in Lake Denoon. Soon after, the first school and post office were established.

The Norwegian settlement – also known as Muskego Settlement – began in the southern part, now called the Town of Norway. Forty pioneers came to Muskego Lake from Norway in 1839 and flourished. These settlers encouraged numerous Norwegians to settle in the area.

Muskego’s agriculture funded the early settlements with products shipped to Milwaukee by wagon on the “Janesville Plank Road.” This route provided easy access to Milwaukee for agricultural goods and offered Milwaukee city dwellers the opportunity to seek recreation and relaxation in Muskego’s natural beauty. In 1904, the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company opened a trolley line, allowing day trips to Muskego Lakes. Numerous resorts lined the shores of Little Muskego Lake. The trolley line closed in 1939, but the rise of automobiles allowed Muskego to be a recreation destination. Numerous family cottages, beaches and the Muskego Beach Amusement Park (1861-1967) – also known as DandiLion Park (1968-1977) – appeared on Little Lake.

The 1920s saw improved roads, such as Janesville and Loomis, which allowed population and commerce to grow. Industry moved to Muskego to escape the congestion and high taxes in Milwaukee. Muskego incorporated as a city in 1964. The past 50-plus years offered advancements in business growth, establishment of civic organizations and the opportunity for this growing community to offer quality schools and community.

Big Bend

Aaron and Elvira Putnam settled near a “big bend” of the Fox River in 1837. Although the Potawatomi Indians camped by the river, white settlers had an establishment near the Milwaukee and Prairieville trails (now County Highway L and State Highway 164). Aaron’s family joined him and built the first sawmill, the inn at the corner of Nevins Street and post office between the years of 1831 and 1846.

In 1893, water from the Hygeia Spring #2 was sold at the Chicago World’s Fair for a penny per glass. The Village of Big Bend was incorporated in 1928.

Town of Norway & Wind Lake

In 1838, Thomas Drought came from Lower Canada seeking a new home in Wisconsin. His search brought him to 160 acres in what is now Norway Township. He was the first white man to settle, followed by family members. The Drought Settlement grew in population when James Ash, Alfred Thompson and George Drougth arrived between 1838 and 1839.

Norwegian settler John Luraas led forty pioneers to the shores of Muskego Lake in 1839. This settlement brought the first organized Norwegian Lutheran congregation in America (1843) and first Norwegian-American newspaper. Cabins were established around the marshes, only to be abandoned during the spring floods. The colony of Norwegians removed to the banks of Wind Lake. The beautiful lake possessed swarms of fish while the surrounding forests offered abundance of game. Fall 1840 saw a large group of immigrants arrive under the leadership of Evan Hansen Heg. Mr. Heg’s farm became a trading post where colonists purchased supplies and received mail.

Heg’s son, Hans Christian Heg, organized the first Norwegian Regiment, part of the 15th Wisconsin. He was the highest ranking Wisconsin officer killed in the Civil War. Colonel Heg Park stands as memorial for this brave settler and soldier.


Muskego’s neighborhoods are friendly, safe and filled with community-minded citizens. Single-family, detached homes are prevalent in Muskego while scattered along the city outskirts are family farms and historic buildings – a constant reminder of our agricultural roots. Condominium developments, comfortable apartment options and senior living communities round out our suburban/rural area.

Big Bend offers rural beauty, gorgeous homes with tight-knit neighborhoods and pristine subdivisions – all centered on the Fox River or downtown businesses. In addition, the village has active industrial areas.

Town of Norway and Wind Lake offer mature homesteads, year-round lake homes and sportsman style cabin homes while adding new subdivisions with charming, modern feel. Several subdivisions have lakefront property or are within walking distance of the water. Scattered along the main routes are a variety of restaurants and businesses lending to a leisure atmosphere where lake activities take precedent.

Public and Private Schools

Public Education
Letter from Muskego- Norway School District Superintendent

In Muskego-Norway School, we love what we do, believe that it matters and strive to make a difference for those we serve. Our mission is “Every Student Learning, Growing … Succeeding.” We bring our mission to life each and every day across our system through the efforts of many hard working, engaged staff who cultivate a learning environment that personalizes, nurtures and holds students to rigorous expectations.

We are committed to providing a high-achieving student learning environment; an environment that attracts, develops and retains high-impact staff; a district worthy of strong community support; an effective system-wide continuous improvement approach; and long-term financial sustainability and resource stewardship. Our commitment to a journey toward excellence has brought:

  • A 5 Star, “Significantly Exceeds Expectations,” ranking for three consecutive years from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
  • Two National “Blue Ribbon School” awards from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • A “Mastery Level” ranking from the WI Forward Award, Performance Excellence, for our process aligned work environment.
  • A “Top Workplace” award for two consecutive years along with “Most Meaningful” and “New Ideas” recognition from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

What sets our district apart from others is the unique aspects of the constant and positive involvement of our parents, school board members and community stakeholders. Their involvement, coupled with a dynamic staff across all workforce sectors, provides a recipe for success for all of our students in Muskego-Norway. With gratitude,

Dr. Kelly Thompson
Muskego-Norway School District Muskego-Norway School District
(262) 971-1800 | www.muskegonorway.org

Bay Lane Elementary
(262) 971-1810

Lakeview Elementary – Wind Lake
(262) 971-1850

Lake Denoon Middle School
(262) 971-1820

Mill Valley Elementary School
(262) 971-1830

Muskego High School
(262) 971-1790

Muskego Lakes Middle School
(262) 971-1860

Mukwonago Area School District – Big Bend
(262) 363-6300 | www.masd.k12.wi.us

Big Bend Elementary
(262) 363-4401

Mukwonago High School
(262) 363-6200


For school options, visit www.townofnorway.org/community/education


Parochial and private schooling options abound in our community. Excellence in academics, faith-based education and opportunities for special skills training are embraced by numerous families. The following groups are dedicated to helping your child grow academically, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually.

Christ Lutheran School, Big Bend
(262) 662-3355 | www.christbigbend.com

Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners
(414) 529-6700 | www.hcl.org

St. Leonard Elementary School, Muskego
(262) 679-1773 | www.stleonards.org

St. Joseph Catholic School, Big Bend
(262) 662-2832 | www.stjoesbb.com

St. Mary Parish School, Hales Corners
(414) 425-3100 | www.stmaryhc.org

St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary
School, Muskego
(414) 422-0320 | www.stpmuskego.org

Waukesha County Christian Home Educators (WCCHE Homeschoolers)


The Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce Education & Mentoring Committee partners with education professionals and families to offer business experience, opportunities and education to students. In collaboration with Muskego-Norway schools, the committee provides:

  • Business presentations and volunteer judges for a variety of skills, conferences and classes.
  • Career Bus tours where students visit area businesses to learn about manufacturing, professional, retail and service careers.
  • The #MentoringMyWorkforce Initiative where business professionals mentor students to help develop positive, career-driven citizens who are ready to enter the workforce.
  • Muskego High School activities where business members participate in mock interview, career fairs and mentoring moments.

In addition, the Education & Mentoring Committee is available to area schools and students for collaboration and educational experiences. We also offer annual Student Volunteer Scholarships ($1,000) every spring to high school seniors (public, private or homeschooled) who reside in the Muskego Chamber’s area. Applications are online at www.muskego.org/pages/ChamberScholarship1.

Public Library

Muskego Public Library
(262) 971-2100
Brittany Larson, Director (262) 971-2119
Questions about your account: circulation@cityofmuskego.org
Reference questions: reference@cityofmuskego.org

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Muskego Public Library offers books, music, movies, reference services, meeting space and programs for all ages. It is a member of the Bridges Library System, which includes the public libraries in Waukesha and Jefferson counties.

The Friends of the Library is an active, volunteer group supporting ongoing activities and specialty programs. They raise funds through the popular Spring Wine Tasting event and ongoing book sales.

Library services include:

  • Free library cards issued to any Wisconsin resident.
  • Free wireless internet and public computer workstations.
  • Free access with library card to online databases.
  • One-on-one specialized technology assistance.
  • Meeting rooms for reservation and individual study rooms.
  • eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines for phone and tablets.
  • Faxing service.

Big Bend Village Library
(262) 662-3571
Open Monday through Saturday,
Hours posted on website

Big Bend Village Library provides free and open access to a broad range of materials and services including interlibrary access, free internet, phone-in requests and online renewals.

Places to Eat and Stay in Muskego

Whether you visit for an hour, stay for a day or permanently locate here, the local attractions, entertainment, shopping stops, delicious food and beverages make our community a destination.


All Occasions Catering & Bubb’s BBQ, located in Big Bend, will take your event over the top. They cater birthdays, reunions, corporate holidays and weddings; contact them for a delightful experience.
(262) 662-4201 | www.bubbs.com

Aud Mar Banquets on the Bay offers a beautiful venue for your next special occasion with banquet hall and a gorgeous view of Bass Bay.
(414) 422-0904


Alpine’s Avalanche Grill & Entertainment Center offers great pizza, burgers, Mexican, wings and specialty sandwiches. Celebrate with food and bowling for your next party or join one of their leagues. (262) 679-1250

Bass Bay Brewhouse is the place for a quaint meal with friends or a late evening beverage – priced reasonably and offering delicious food variety. (414) 377-9449

Cooler By The Lake Tavern sits near popular Wind Lake. Offering game day specials and live music. (262) 895-0248
Find them on Facebook: Cooler By The Lake Tavern

Coach’s on the Lake offers fabulous food in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy the Friday fish fry. (262) 679-6791

Dairy Queen of Muskego offers a summer car show for patrons while they enjoy the grill and chill. (414) 422-9740

King’s Wok of Muskego offers authentic Chinese food (dine in or carry-out). Be sure to call ahead; the food is that popular!
(262) 679-6388

Little Caesars Pizza is the place to get your pizza fast. Hot and ready lunch specials available. Large or small orders can be picked-up at their drive-thru window.
(262) 432-5700 | www.littlecaesars.com

Marx Pioneer Inn is open seven days a week serving burgers, TexMex, wings, pizza, fish fry and drinks. (262) 971-1171

Matty’s Bar & Grille features a casual sports atmosphere with chef-inspired menu items. Try their famous fish fry or smokehouse burger. Catering, event planning and fundraising are all available. (414) 427-3838

Muskego Lakes Golf Club offers more than just 18 holes. Stop by their pub for a delicious lunch or book one of their three banquet halls for your special occasion. Chef’s creations are mouth watering, and their staff believes in personable service. (414)-425-6500 | www.muskegolakes.com

Niko’s Café offers comfort food at best price. From scratch food such as gyros, sandwiches, breakfast, soups, fish fry and daily specials. (262) 679-3663

The Hale House of Hales Corners is a sports bar and restaurant with made from scratch food, craft beers and seasonal drinks. (414) 377-9392 | www.hale-house.com

The Suburban Bourbon offers restaurant, bar and banquet hall serving delicious entrees, Friday fish fry and craft beers. Dine-in or carry-out. (262) 682-4406

Tres Locos is a fun and tasty restaurant featuring Mexican cuisine and located in the heart of Muskego. (262) 679-1600

Zaffiro’s is a Milwaukee classic with thincredible pizza, fresh Italian food, premium cocktails, fantastic wine and live music located on the border of Muskego and New Berlin. (262) 797-8759

Food stores & vendors

Basse’s Country Delight Farm Market provides fresh produce and local products during the spring, summer and fall months. Try their delicious apple cider donuts while selecting the perfect pumpkin from their patch. (414) 422-0315

Jetz Convenience Center is located at the busy intersection of Moreland and Janesville – the perfect place to grab a coffee, soda or snack while filling your gas tank.
(414) 422-0395 | www.jetzrewards.com

Lang’s Country Market in Wind Lake is a seasonal market offering home-grown (produce, flowering and vegetable plants). Visit them at a local Farmer’s Market during the summer. (262) 366-9920
Find them on Facebook: Lange’s Country Market

Muskego Warehouse Beer & Liquor is a family-owned, full-service store featuring large selections of beer, wine and spirits. (262) 679-0686
Find them on Facebook: Muskego Beer

Pick N’ Save grocery store sales and coupons ensure that you get best price. With a recently remodeled environment, you are sure to find amazing food and value.
(262) 679-1931 | www.picknsave.com

T. Best Kettle Corn Company has been poppin’ for over 30 years and is available for events. All kettle corn popped fresh and on site. (414) 617-3220

Shopping & retail

BoxDrop Muskego Mattress Direct offers a variety of sizes and styles. Need a comfortable new mattress? Stop by and try out their selection.
(414) 426-7279

Costco Wholesale on the edge of Muskego and New Berlin offers quality and value at discount prices.
(262) 599-7030

Elliott ACE Hardware is family-owned for over 50 years and carries over 60,000 items.
(414) 422-9344 | www.elliottace.com

Gold’n Treasures sells fine jewelry, diamonds, estate jewelry and sterling silver. Appraisals and repairs are available.
(414) 529-2222 | www.goldntreasuresltd.com

Horn Brothers is a one stop shop for all your home, pet, equine, livestock, agricultural, lawn and gardening needs. (262) 679-1717
Find them on Facebook: Horn Brothers Inc.

Indian Motorcycle of Metro Milwaukee has a showroom with bike simulator, bikes and accessories on Racine Avenue. They take part in several bike fundraisers and community events. (262) 706-4050

Jerome Drugs offers a full-service pharmacy, Hallmark cards, digital photo printing and gift line with a Muskego and Big Bend location. (262) 679-1800

L’BRI Pure n’ Natural skin care products offer a variety of health and wellness options to make your skin the best it can be.
(414) 491-1118 | www.lbri.com

LuLaRoe’s representative is here to offer leggings, dresses and shirts of high quality. Find her on Facebook: Jessica Halverson

Office Furniture Options is located in the Muskego Industrial Park. Stop by their showroom to see both new and used office options. (262) 930-2417

Olson’s Outdoor Power Equipment sells and repairs a variety of home and garden equipment. (414) 422-9130

Walmart Grocery offers deli, bakery, grocery, clothing and household products at great prices. Try their online order/pickup service. (414) 209-0317 | www.walmart.com


Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton – Milwaukee/Franklin
(414) 427-4800

Holiday Inn Express
(262) 787-0700

La Quinta Inn & Suites
(262) 717-0900

Parks and Recreation in Muskego

Muskego Parks and Recreation

With three lakes, numerous parks, conservation sites and well-kept recreation trails, Muskego offers valuable assets through its open spaces and dedication to preserving the area’s natural beauty.

Big Muskego Lake State Wildlife Area is located on the southern border and includes a 3,800 acre conservation site. With an average depth of three feet and approximately 2,260 acres of water to explore, the site provides fascinating opportunities to sportsmen and bird watchers. Bass Bay is a 100-acre offshoot of Big Lake, offering fishing and hunting opportunities.

Little Muskego Lake is our best-known lake. With an average depth of 14 feet, the 506 acres of water allows fabulous fishing (largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye and panfish) and recreational use (boating, skiing and sailing). Idle Isle Park features a swimming beach and fishing pier while providing the perfect venue for community events such as July 3 Fireworks and the Muskego Water Bugs Ski Show performances held on summer Wednesday evenings.

Lake Denoon offers a boat ramp, cattail island and water habitat for the rare Black Tern. Located in the southwest corner of Muskego, this lake covers 162 acres with an average depth of 18 feet.

Badertscher Preserve is a beautiful area with four miles of hiking trails and off street parking. Its 104 acres of rolling glacial hills, wetlands and artesian springs are located on Field Drive.

Engel Conservation consists of 155 acres offering outdoor education with upland woodlands, wetlands and prairie plantings. Located on Henneberry Drive, 67 acres are enrolled in the Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetlands Reserve Program. The area provides interpretive signage for self-guided nature walks, off-street parking and a portable restroom facility.

City Trails meander through residential, farm and wooded areas with the main trail following the original path of the electric interurban railroad. Bikers and walkers can traverse the trail from the Village of Big Bend, through Muskego, and connect to the City of Franklin Hike and Bike Trail.

To view a list of Muskego parks, visit

For a parks & recreation guide or online information, call (262) 679-4108 or visit www.cityofmuskego.org.

Muskego Water Bugs Show Ski Team
Little Muskego Lake boasts plenty of good times on Wednesday evenings throughout summer. The award-winning Water Bugs Ski Team performs a free 90-minutes show at 6:30 p.m. in front of Idle Isle Park. With an age range of 7 to 56, the 50-member team delights the crowd with family-oriented themes each year. The team focuses on proficiency – moving members from beginner skiers to experienced members who perform ski tricks. Special events occur throughout the season, including:

  • A July 3 show in conjunction with Muskego’s Independence celebration.
  • The Adaptive Skiing program where club member Peggy Moriarty directs the team as they teach disabled people how to water ski.
  • The ski show held in conjunction with the Muskego Chamber’s tasting event, Taste of Muskego, held the second Wednesday of July. Tickets are limited; sales begin in June. (414) 422-1155, www.muskego.org/events

For more information regarding the Ski Team, visit www.waterbugs.org.

Big Bend

The Village Park, located along the Fox River, offers a beautiful setting for fishing, relaxing and recreation. The Big Bend-Vernon Lions Club handles the Floyd Swayze Memorial Center Hall, which is available to rent and seats up to 100 people. Playground equipment and parking available. The annual Rumble by the River is held in this park.

Hall rental: (262) 922-0005

Town of Norway & Wind Lake

Meyer Park is an 18-acre town park offering a beautiful venue for a variety of sports: diamonds for baseball, softball, t-ball, basketball hoops and soccer field. In addition, a hiking trail, sledding hill, playground and meadow gardens offer fabulous recreational areas. Call the recreation department, (262) 895-6335, for rentals of the historic Meyer Park Barn, gazebo and picnic pavilions.

Racine County Colonel Heg Memorial Park is 20 acres dedicated to historical education. An 1830s log cabin and museum are staffed by the Wind Lake Historical Society and open on summer weekend afternoons. The park offers a sledding hill and play area.

Health Care in Muskego

Health Care in Muskego WI

Quality, affordable health care is important. Medical services are readily available in the Muskego area. In addition to the medical providers listed below, the Muskego, Big Bend, & Wind Lake area provides fine dental, optical, chiropractic, physical therapy and specialty providers. We encourage you to review the Chamber Business Directory in this guide or our online directory at www.muskego.org.

Aurora Medical Center
primary care, specialties and pharmacy
(414) 422-4000

Aurora Medical Clinic
rehabilitation services, (414) 422-2180

ProHealth Care Medical Center – Muskego
(262) 513-7000 | www.prohealthcare.org

Eagle’s Wing Free Clinic, Inc.
(262) 385-9211

Froedert & the Medical
College of Wisconsin
(414) 805-3666 | www.froedert.com

Senior Living

Senior Living in Muskego WI

Seniors have a wealth of local memories to share and play an integral part of community life in Muskego. Our business community provides an abundance of housing and services to ensure they are well served.

At Home Loving Care helps the elderly maintain their independence through care companionship, meal prep, laundry, errands, housekeeping and personal care.
(262) 432-1703

Caring Alternatives offers quality, assisted living in a home like environment with a strong emphasis on comfort, independence and uncompromised care. (414) 477-7706

Heritage Senior Living is Muskego’s newest facility located at the corners of Muskego, New Berlin and Hales Corners.
(262) 789-6600 | www.heritagesenior.com

Muskego Health Care Center offers CBRF and skilled nursing care with a rehabilitative therapy center. (262) 679-0246

Muskego Senior Taxi serves senior residents 65 years and older, operating weekdays and providing low-cost personalized transportation services.
(262) 679-4754
Find them on Facebook: Muskego Senior Taxi

Norway Shores Independent Living in nearby Wind Lake is a 28-unit, nonprofit, quality-built complex designed to meet the needs and concerns of mature adults 26 and over. (262) 895-220

ProHealth Care’s Regency Muskego care community is set on 32 acres and offers independent senior living in one- and ’
two-bedroom apartments, along with catered care, supportive living, assisted living and attended care. (262) 679-0888

Steeple View is affliated with Hales Corners Lutheran church and offers fine, independent living with one- and two-bedroom floor plans. (414) 525-5500 | www.steepleview.org

Stoney Creek Adult Community L.I.F.E. features 52 one- and two-bedroom private apartments for active, independent adults. (414) 422-4686

Tudor Oaks Retirement Community serves with the highest standards in retirement living. Their campus offers independent living, assisted living, rehabilitative stays, skilled nursing and memory care. (414) 529-0100

Woodview Senior Apartments offers wonderful amenities including underground parking, an exercise room, regular social activities, library and beauty salon with a comfortable, pet-friendly and maintenance-free living environment. (262) 679-7644