Lac du Cours: Recreation in Your Backyard

Unlike many other municipalities, Mequon has some very unique subdivisions that are really communities within themselves. One of the most unique is Lac du Cours (LDC), located off Donges Bay Road and River Road in south Mequon. The subdivision is known for it's tight-knit community, fabulous amenities and super kid-friendly environment. In fact, many who grew up in Lac du Cours are back, raising the next generation of LDC kids.

Development and Housing

Lac du Cours was first developed in the early 1960s by Harry N. Forman. His vision? To transform the 250 acres of woods, meadowlands and lake into courtlike groupings -- with the expressed purpose of fostering fellowship. He did just that.

Lac du Cours has 14 courts with 144 single family homes sitting on one-quarter to one-third acre lots. In addition to the court homes, there are 28 lake houses which typically have lot sizes of about an acre. There's plenty of common-owned woods, meadows and water since about half of Lac du Cour's 250 acres is purposefully not developed.

In 1964, when Lac du Cour first opened to the public, model homes ranged from $50,000 to $56,000. Fifty years later, these same homes average $330,000 plus. Houses on the lake are considerably more.

Fantastic Amenities

One thing that really sets LDC apart from other Mequon subdivisions are the amenities. Lac du Cours has its beloved namesake natural lake, the heart and soul of so many LDC family activities, including: fishing, swimming, non-motorized boating, ice skating and, of course, beachfront lounging.

In addition to the lake, residents also have access to an inground pool (with diving board ) staffed by lifeguards during the summer. Many LDC kids call the pool "home" June through August.

There's also a 3,800 square foot club house with shower and changing rooms, toilets, a large meeting room with full kitchen, wet bar, and a fireplace. Tennis courts, athletic field and a playground round out the remaining amenities.

Who needs a country club with all this less than 5 minutes from home?

Family Fun

The LDC Homeowners Association runs several events each year that are geared towards family enjoyment and fun:

  • Splash Days -- water games and competitions at the pool and beachfront
  • Halloween parties -- trick or treat inside Lac du Cours
  • Lac du Cours Day -- an all-day event with a subdivision parade, games for children, a ton of pool time, picnics, and a large bonfire on the beach to end the day

These type of events help solidify lifelong neighborly friendships.

Lac du Cours is the type of place where the “It Takes a Village” mentality is so apparent. Residents look out for one another and for each other’s children. The closeness is evident -- in the posse of children who meet after dinner to play “night games” and in the groups of women who meet each morning to walk their dogs. Friendships formed in Lac du Cours last a lifetime.


Lac du Cours is served by Donges Bay Elementary, Lake Shore Middle and Homestead High School

Fond Memories of Lac du Cours

Kids fishing off the Lac du Cours dock during the Fishing Derby 1991

Elizabeth Braatz is a long time time Mequon resident with a very busy life. She owns and operates Red Mango Frozen Yogurt & Smoothies in Fox Point (along with her husband). She’s a freelance writer for Metroparent Magazine, a group exercise instructor for the YMCA and super mom to three-year-old boy/girl twins and a 15-month-old girl. Elizabeth spent almost her entire childhood in Lac du ... [Read more]

Lac du Cours Day . . . It’s Good to Be a LDC Kid!

Lac du Cours kids playing tug of war on beachfront of Lac du Cours

Shout out to Jeff Wenzler, resident of Lac du Cours and founder of Pivotal Directions for this iMovie. It captures the true essence of Lac du Cours Day -- parade, pool games, a fun run, sack races, egg carry, ball and bean bag toss, bounce house, bingo, popcorn, corn roast, slushies, dunk tank, karaoke, cotton candy and an enormous feast. Aaah . . . it's good to be a LDC kid! Health food ... [Read more]