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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.

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

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

Rye Restaurant
308 W College Ave
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 380-4745

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


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


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



Matt’s DJ Service 
P.O. Box 1104
Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1104
(920) 375-0809

Hotel Accommodations

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

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Meet Lindsey Wara

Lindsey Wara is the Event Manager 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  Lindsey

Lindsey’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.

Lindsey’s passion and knowledge about The Waters is unprecedented, just like her event planning experience.

Having your event at The Waters and working with Lindsey and the Waters team 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.