Chain O’ Lakes gets the blues at waterfront dance hall

Photo of Indian Crossing Casino from Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce.

Near the middle of Wisconsin are 22 spring-fed, interconnected lakes that are the result of ancient glacial movement. The scenic and rural area – a mix of farms and forests, ravines and rivers – gets the blues this month. It’s $20 for a weekend pass to the area’s first Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival, Sept 28-29.

The setting is Indian Crossing Casino, a waterfront dance hall just southwest of Waupaca that began business in 1925. Think wooden dance floor, velvet curtains and a stage that – in its heyday – held Lawrence Welk, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Vinton, Neil Young, the Beach Boys and other nationally known acts.

For the Blues Fest, expect an all-Wisconsin lineup: Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Otis & the Alligators, the Power Tool Horns and more.

The area has only four motels but more than 40 locations rent cottages, many of them with lake views and access to a boat.

For more:, 888-417-4040.