Special Occasions  at the waters

The Waters, on impressive Lake Winnebago, provides the perfect setting for your special occasion. Whether your guest list is large, small or somewhere in between, our waterfront venue will make your event memorable. Our timeless decor and premier location on the shoreline are perfect for year-round celebrations of all kinds, including anniversaries, birthdays, bar and bat mitzvahs, graduations, holiday parties, memorials, retirements and reunions.
Visit our Wedding page to view our special wedding options.

Special Occasions Night Venue

The Venue

Reserving The Waters for your special occasion gives you and your guests exclusive access to our entire facility. Entertain guests at your celebration in our first-floor Harbor Bar and Winnebago Room, in the Grand Ballroom on the second floor, in our waterfront, Nantucket-inspired screened porch and on our open-air balcony.

The Waters accommodates a maximum of 300 guests. Our Grand Ballroom comfortably seats 172. Guests at larger events are free to enjoy food and drinks in the ballroom, in the first-floor Winnebago Room and on the lakeside screened porch and balcony.

The versatility of The Waters makes it ideal for any special occasion at any time of year. Let General Manager Kim Price and Event Coordinator Lindsey Wara tailor a seating arrangement and venue setup for your specific needs. For wedding ceremony options, please visit our special wedding page.

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Reserving The Waters gives you and your guests exclusive access to the entire facility as well as the scenic harbor on Lake Winnebago. The harbor provides a one-of-kind backdrop for group photos year-round or a calming escape for moments of reflection.

Your guests enjoy private parking steps away from our venue. The Waters features an extended overhang in front of the main entrance, offering protection from the elements and handicap-accessible entry to both floors of the building. Our elevator serves all floors of the building, making it fully accessible.

The Experience

You and your guests enjoy exclusive access to all floors of The Waters on the day of your special occasion.

FIRST FLOOR

Our first floor features rooms perfect for any season. Cozy up by the fireplace in our Winnebago Room during your winter holiday party, or enjoy a cocktail on our Nantucket-inspired screened porch during the warm summer months.

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Our nautical Harbor Room and Bar serves as a lively gathering place during any season. Our handcrafted, mahogany Harbor Bar is stocked with an impressive selection of beer, wine and spirits. Custom cocktails and liquor options are available upon request. We also offer champagne and wine toast packages for your special occasion.

SECOND FLOOR

Four breathtaking Italian crystal chandeliers spread sparkling light onto the original hardwood floor in our Grand Ballroom. The room and its built-in stage and modern sound system are perfect for all activities, including dining, dancing, presentations and other entertainment.

The ballroom opens to our open-air balcony, where guests will enjoy unmatched views of Lake Winnebago.

The Waters has hosted celebrations for all of life’s memorable events. Host a birthday, anniversary, bar or bat mitzvah, graduation or retirement party in our pristine venue. Planning with Kim and Lindsey makes your next work holiday party or class reunion an effortless event in a gorgeous setting.

 

Special Occasion Experience Ballroom Dinner

Preferred Partners

The Waters guarantees a high-quality, excellent experience when you choose from our personally selected partners.

Catering

Our catering partners offer a wide selection of cuisine and service options to meet your needs, including sit-down service, buffet or family-style meals. All can fill your china, flatware and linen requests.

Zuppas
1540 S. Commercial St.
Neenah, WI 54956
(920) 720-5045

Premier Waterfront Catering
1 N. Main St.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 230-6289

Royal Ridges
1 Westgate Drive
Ripon, WI 54971
(920) 748-7094

LaSure’s Banquets and Catering
3125 S. Washburn St.
Oshkosh, WI 54904
(920) 651-0796

The Roxy
571 N. Main St.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 231-1980

Floral

House of Flowers + Couture Events
1920 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 235-3737

Videography

Simply Love Films
1637 Jackson St.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 968-9799

 

Hotel Accommodations

Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel
1 N. Main St.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 230-1900

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Meet Kim and Lindsey

Kim Price serves as General Manager of The Waters. She has been with The Waters since 2008, when the building restoration began. Kim’s warmth, care and attentiveness will make your special occasion stress-free from beginning to end.

Lindsey Wara is the Event and Communication Coordinator at The Waters. She realized she loved everything about event planning when coordinating her own wedding. Lindsey’s dedication and attention to detail will help create a unique and unforgettable special occasion.

Planning with Kim & Lindsey

Kim’s goal is to ensure you have an exquisite and memorable event at The Waters. She personalizes each event based on your needs and constantly shares important information with you – from the time of your first meeting until the last guest leaves your celebration.

Kim’s passion and knowledge about The Waters is unprecedented, just like her event planning experience. She has planned hundreds events in the years she’s been General Manager.

Lindsey shares Kim’s love and passion for The Waters. She is dedicated to making every aspect of your event transition smoothly and unfold effortlessly. She strives to make your special occasion exceed your expectations.

Having your event at The Waters and working with Kim and Lindsey ensures you always have someone to go to with last-minute requests, changes and questions, especially on the day of your special occasion. We pride ourselves on outstanding service. Let us take care of every detail, so you may enjoy the company of your guests and friends.

Kim & Lindsey