Wood County - Open Spaces, Vibrant Places!
Centrally located, loads of fun in a short drive! Forest, lakes, rivers, festivals celebrating heritage, sports and delicious local flavor.
Outdoor recreation abounds. Golf one of Wood County’s seven beautiful golf courses. Spend an afternoon and visit Munsey & Boda our rare Kodiak Bears at Wildwood Park & Zoo in Marshfield or speed down the slide or relax in the lazy river at the new Aquatics Center in the Wisconsin Rapids Recreation Complex.
History & Culture Check out our logging, papermaking, industrial ingenuity, and cranberry heritage. Visit Alexander House in Port Edwards. Learn about the area’s history at Upham Mansion in Marshfield or the South Wood County Historical Museum in Wisconsin Rapids.
Explore the Rudolph Grotto Gardens & Wonder Cave or take one of three river walks in Wisconsin Rapids. Stop and see the creatures at “JuRustic Park” in Marshfield. Pay honor to America’s fighting men and women at the Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville. Honor those lost at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial.
Nature Go birdwatching at the Sandhill Wildlife Area and the George W. Mead Wildlife Area. Go fishing and boating on Petenwell Flowage, Big Eau Pleine Flowage, Wisconsin River, Lake Nepco, Lake Dexter and Lake Wazeecha.
Take a drive into the country and see some of the Amish settlements and shop for handmade food, quilts, furniture and crafts. Catch a performance at the Performing Arts Center in Wisconsin Rapids or see the new exhibit at New Visions Gallery in Marshfield. Spend the evening at Ho-Chunk Gaming in Nekoosa.
Bike & Hike Bicyclists can ride a number of area trails, including the 6.25-mile McMillan Marsh Trail north of Marshfield, the 20-mile Ahdawagam Trail System in Wisconsin Rapids, around Lake Wazeecha in South Wood County Park and Nepco Lake County Park in Wisconsin Rapids.
Winter Fun Cross-country skiers can explore the McMillan Marsh Wildlife Area, Nepco Lake Area Trail, Richfield Area Trail or Wildwood Park in Marshfield. Powers Bluff, located between Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids, offers downhill skiing, snow tubing and cross-country skiing. Snowmobilers can ride 260 miles of trails running through Wood County.
Year-round, there’s always something happening in Wood County, from festivals and races to art exhibitions and sporting competitions. Don’t miss the Cranberry Blossom Festival in June, the annual Central Wisconsin State Fair on Labor Day Weekend and Maple Fall fest in September!
Start planning your Wood County escape today.