For essentials, there is a Piggly Wiggly grocery store, a Dollar General, a laundromat and several convenience gas stations.
For eats, there is the Caddy Shack Bar & Grill where there is always a “game of the week” playing on their many TVs inside. (Please be aware that the Bar & Grill is cash only ― though there is an ATM right in the bar.) You’ll also find the On The Way Cafe that is open for breakfast and lunch. And you’ll also see a Subway, Upper Crust Pizzeria, Yummy Chinese Restaurant, Lakeside Liquor, the Cake Shop and the seasonal Carol’s Cones.
Pardeeville also has a Divine Savior clinic, a Home Town Health Pharmacy, a police station, a fire station, a U.S. Post Office and a public library. There is a Divine Savior Hospital in Portage, about a 10-minute drive west.
The Pardeeville area is home to many Amish families. You’ll often see a small line of cars behind an Amish buggy heading into or out of town.
Learn more about the Pardeeville Amish here: Amish Map (PDF)
The cottage is right on Park Lake, which is 330 acres in size and 27 feet deep at its deepest point. The lake has abundant fish ― and anglers on shore or in boats can be seen pulling in bluegills, perch, bass, crappies, catfish, walleye, muskie and northern pike.
Pardeeville's Chandler Park, which includes a sandy public beach (right across Park Lake from the cottage), a huge kids' play area and lots of fishing areas, including a handicap accessible fishing ramp!
Chandler Park is also home to Pardeeville’s annual Holiday Lights show. This display runs from the week of Thanksgiving through a few days into every New Year. And there is a rumor that Santa makes frequent visits there as he prepares for his holiday duties!
A little further afield, about 7 miles west of Pardeeville, is the much larger community of Portage. There are restaurants there that have real silverware and china plates! But most importantly, in keeping with the retro mode of Peaceful Waters, please find the time to take in a movie at the recently refurbished 7-screen Portage Theatres. This theatre, built in 1927 as a 3-screen theater, has been grandly refurbished over the years and was turned into a 7-screen theatre in the 1990s, while still keeping its 1920s feel and charm. No visit to the area is complete without seeing a movie at the Portage Theatres!