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Lake Delton, Wisconsin
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Location of Lake Delton in Sauk County, Wisconsin.
Location of Lake Delton in Sauk County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Sauk
 • Total 8.12 sq mi (21.04 km2)
 • Land 7.49 sq mi (19.39 km2)
 • Water 0.64 sq mi (1.65 km2)
915 ft (279 m)
 • Total 2,914
 • Estimate 
 • Density 398.90/sq mi (154.03/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-41300
GNIS feature ID 1567728

Lake Delton is a village located on the Wisconsin River in Sauk County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,914 at the 2010 census. It also makes it the largest community in the Dells area passing the Wisconsin Dells. Lake Delton, along with the nearby Wisconsin Dells, is a resort area and a major center for tourism.


The village of Lake Delton was originally named Norris for Edward Norris the surveyor of the village in 1850. The Village changed its name to Delton, but changed again in 1926 to Mirror Lake to avoid a conflict with the Town of Delton in that area. The name Lake Delton was taken after the construction of the Dell Creek dam creating a reservoir also known as Lake Delton. The village was incorporated in 1954.

On June 9, 2008, Lake Delton, the approximately 267-acre (1.08 km2) dammed artificial lake adjacent to the village, overflowed its banks, washing away four homes and a portion of Old Newport Road (County Highway "A") while nearly emptying the lake basin into the Wisconsin River following several days of torrential rains.


Among the attractions at Lake Delton are the world's largest Trojan Horse (part of Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park) as well as the world's largest (artificial) Pink Flamingo. From 1952 to 2006, Lake Delton was home to The Wonder Spot.


Lake Delton is located at 43°35′48″N 89°47′16″W / 43.59667°N 89.78778°W / 43.59667; -89.78778 (43.596757, -89.787646).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 7.63 square miles (19.76 km2), of which, 7.01 square miles (18.16 km2) of it is land and 0.62 square miles (1.61 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 714
1970 1,059 48.3%
1980 1,158 9.3%
1990 1,470 26.9%
2000 1,982 34.8%
2010 2,914 47.0%
2019 (est.) 2,987 2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,914 people, 1,269 households, and 653 families living in the village. The population density was 415.7 inhabitants per square mile (160.5/km2). There were 2,343 housing units at an average density of 334.2 per square mile (129.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.3% White, 0.7% African American, 2.4% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 5.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.3% of the population.

There were 1,269 households, of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.9% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 48.5% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the village was 36.9 years. 16.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 15% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.


Most of the community is in the School District of Wisconsin Dells, which operates the following schools serving the community: Lake Delton Elementary School, Spring Hill Middle School, and Wisconsin Dells High School.

A small section of Lake Delton is within the Baraboo School District, which operates Baraboo High School. The Baraboo School District absorbed other school districts in 1961-1962. Prior to that time, people outside of the City of Baraboo, including those in West Baraboo, had to pay tuition to send children to Baraboo High.

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