Beaver Dam is a city of 16,000 people situated on the southeast shore of Beaver Dam Lake. The urban setting of the city blends into the suburban neighborhoods in adjacent townships and seamlessly transitions to century-old farms in outlying Dodge County. The city is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.
Quality of life has always been one of the chief themes of city officials, civic leaders and the business community in Beaver Dam. This has included stewardship of man-made Beaver Dam Lake, one of the state’s largest lakes with 41 miles of shoreline. Over the past century the community has established parks on the lake and along the Beaver Dam River. The community has 19 municipal parks located throughout the city.
Neighborhood elementary schools, a centrally located middle school and high school enable most students to walk to school, provide easy access for parents and families to participate in school activities or programs. In addition, the community is served by excellent private Lutheran and Catholic grade schools and nationally recognized Wayland Academy, the oldest co-educational college preparatory high school in America.
In the last few years Beaver Dam saw the completion of the new YMCA of Dodge County and a new Beaver Dam Community Hospital. The community is only 10 minutes away from the Dodge County Airport. Recreational and cultural opportunities include the Beaver Dam Family Center & Ice Arena, the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre, the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association and the Beaver Dam Raceway. In addition, the community hosts events, big and small, year-round including the huge sewing expo, Nancy’s Notions, each spring.
Manufacturing, service and retail business have grown with the community. Manufacturing and service businesses account for a substantial amount of local employment. Retail includes everything from mom and pop-owned small businesses, big-box to national retailers.
Beaver Dam’s location along U.S. Highway 151 provides direct access to Madison (45 minutes to the State Capitol from downtown Beaver Dam) to the southwest, and to Fond du Lac (35 minutes, downtown to downtown) to the northeast. Beaver Dam is also only 90 minutes northwest of downtown Milwaukee, the largest city in the state, and only one hour east of Wisconsin Dells, consistently one of the Midwest’s most popular family recreational destinations, known as the Water Park Capital of the World.
Beaver Dam provides all the necessities of life, plus some of life’s luxuries. Its proximity to the largest cities in Wisconsin provides easy access to the most metropolitan attractions, an international airport and collegiate and professional sporting events. The friendly, welcoming, small-town atmosphere of Beaver Dam endears itself to new residents, making it a comfortable place to live for generations of families.