Kenosha County is a county in Southeast Wisconsin and home to Wisconsin's fourth largest city, Kenosha.
Kenosha County has two primary regions separated by Interstate 94: the developed eastern portion of the county in and around the City of Kenosha and the mostly rural western area. The urbanized area is relatively similar to most other rust belt areas and is often the portion of the county considered to be possibly part of Chicagoland.
- 1 Bristol — A rural community in eastern Kenosha County near the intersection of US 45 and WI 50.
- 2 Kenosha — The county seat and primary city in the County. More than half of the County's population lives within the city limits.
- 3 Paddock Lake — A rural community in central Kenosha County.
- 4 Pleasant Prairie — A suburban, bedroom community immediately to the south of Kenosha.
- 5 Silver Lake — A lake community in western Kenosha County on Silver Lake.
- 6 Twin Lakes — A rural community in western Kenosha County on Lake Elizabeth and Lake Mary. Home of the Country Thunder music festival.
Except within the City of Kenosha, travel in the area is mostly done via car. Major routes within the County include the following:
- Interstate 94: Moving north-south, Interstate 94 runs immediately to the west of the City.
- WI 50: The County's major east-west thoroughfare, WI 50 originates in the City at WI 32 and services Kenosha, Bristol and Paddock Lake before crossing into Walworth County near Lake Geneva.
- WI 32: (Sheridan Road) The major north-south route through the eastern edge of the city, it services Somers, Kenosha, and Pleasant Prairie before crossing into Illinois at Winthrop Harbor.
- WI 142: The major route between Kenosha and Burlington, it runs primarily between the two.
- WI 83: A north-south route running through the central section of the County and servicing Paddock Lake and unincorporated Salem before entering Illinois north of Antioch.
The City of Kenosha offers mass transportation in and around the City including a bus system and limited service streetcars.
Due to the high concentration of lakes in the area, the road system lacks the grid pattern found commonly in the area. Therefore, it is easy for visitors to become lost, especially in the western portions of the County.
- 1 Richard Bong State Park (Bong Recreation Area) (southeast of Burlington on State Highway 142 (Burlington Road); the entrance is about one mile west of State Highway 75). 6AM to 11PM. A managed prairie nature reserve. It has trails for hiking and biking. The reserve is an excellent location for bird watching. Yes the name is funny, but resist the urge to steal the park signs. Vehicle admission sticker is required, there are self serve kiosks for a day pass at the park entrance. $8 to $15 depending on whether the vehicle has Wisconsin plates and whether it's a bus..
- 2 Wilmot Mountain, 11931 Fox River Rd, Wilmot (from Route 50, take Wilmot Road south), ☏ +1 262 862-2301. A ski resort in unincorporated Wilmot.