Wood County Parks and Forestry

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Open Spaces Survey

Would you please help us by taking a short survey?

We are in the process of updating the 2011 Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Plan.

This update is a requirement of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to remain eligible for state and federal grant funding programs.

Once you complete the survey, you can enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate!

Take the Wood County Open Spaces Survey!

Office Information

Wood County Parks and Forestry
Wood County River Block Building (Map)
2nd Floor Room 202
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm M-F
Reservation Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm M-F
Phone: (715) 421-8422
Email: parks@co.wood.wi.us

Wood County offers visitors a variety of activities at any of our 7 recreational parks, 3 rivers, many lakes, 38,000 acres of county forest land, and 18,500 acres of Wood County State Wildlife Area.

While in Wood County you can enjoy yourself year-round with all types of outdoor fun ranging from ice-fishing to frisbee golf.

For information on what Wood County has to offer contact the Wood County Park and Forestry Department.

The Wood County Parks and Forestry Office has moved!

Please note our new address information effective April 24, 2017

Regular mail & smaller parcel deliveries:

Wood County Parks & Forestry
111 W. Jackson Street
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

Large parcel deliveries:

Wood County Courthouse
Attn: Wood County Parks & Forestry
400 Market Street
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

Parks and Forestry Announcements

Portion of Auburndale Nite Owls Snowmobile Trail OPEN
Posted 2/23/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Parks & Forestry "Bluff Boutique" Event Vendor Brochure
Posted 2/20/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Here is the updated vendor brochure.  There will be updates to this and I will post those as needed.  Thank you!  
Snowmobile Trails Closing
Posted 2/12/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Snowmobile Trails Opening
Posted 2/8/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Request For Bids. White Beach Retaining Wall
Posted 2/8/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Vesper Snow Drifters Snowmobile Trails will open at NOON on Thursday 2/8/18.
Posted 2/7/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
February 7, 2018 at 3:36 pm.

The Vesper Snow Drifters have indicated they would like to open their trails on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at NOON. The trails are not in good condition, they are very rough so please use CAUTION when riding and stay on the designated trail.

The two trail systems open then will be the Vesper Snow Drifters and the Bakerville Sno Rovers.

The trails maintained by the Kellner Knights will remain closed until further notice.

As for the remainder of the trails, stay tuned for an additional news release with possible opening dates for the weekend.

Thank you.
Sandra Green
Wood County Parks & Forestry Office Supervisor
Powers Bluff OPENING Saturday February 10th!
Posted 2/6/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Just in! Powers Bluff Winter Recreation Area will open on Saturday, February 10th! We are introducing a new ticket this year! Now, you can purchase an ALL DAY PASS for $20!

Come see us on Saturday and Sunday and get your fix of tubing, skiing and snowboarding for the winter! A news release will be out in the next couple of days regarding ALL of our winter recreation openings including snowmobile trails which are being confirmed in the next 24-48 hours. We do know however, that the WOOD COUNTY SNOWMOBILE RIDE is scheduled for next Saturday, February 17th and will be hosted by the Auburndale Nite Owls. You'll see more on this also.

Normal winter operating hours are Saturday and Sunday with 3 tubing sessions.
1st session is 10:00 AM—12:00 PM and the cost is $8.00
2nd session is 12:00 PM—2:00 PM and the cost is $9.00

3rd session is 2:00 PM—4:00 PM and the cost is $9.00.

AND introducing new in 2018 – ALL DAY PASS for $20.

Downhill skiing/ snowboarding from 10:00 AM—4:30 PM, $8.00.

Have a large group you would like to bring on a weekday for a private party?

Booking now! Give us a call.
Tubing Only: One tow line, recommended for up to 40 is $225
Tubing Only: Two tow lines, recommended for 40-200 is $300
Ski Hill Only: $225
Tubing & Skiing: One tow line, recommended for up to 40 people is $325
Tubing & Skiing: Two tow lines, recommended for 40-200 people is $400

Sandra Green Wood County Parks & Forestry Office Supervisor
Bakerville Sno Rovers Trails Re-Opening 1/30/18 @ 8am
Posted 1/29/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
The Bakerville Sno Rovers club has requested that their trails re-open tomorrow morning, January 30, 2018 at 8:00 am.

Trails are in fair condition at this time. Due to the negligence and disrespect from a couple of snowmobilers as well as concern from a few landowners this past weekend, Wood County was forced to shut down Bakerville trails for a little over 24 hours. PLEASE STAY ON THE MARKED TRAILS! If you continue to travel off the marked trails, that portion of the trail system will be shut down permanently if the landowner is not happy. KEEP OUR LANDOWNERS HAPPY PLEASE.

Sandra Green
Wood County Parks & Forestry
Snowmobile Trail Coordinator
Auburndale Nite Owls trails
Posted 1/29/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
The snowmobile trails maintained by the Auburndale Nite Owls scheduled to open tomorrow, Saturday, WILL NOT open.  We lost too much snow.  The Bakerville trails will open tomorrow as planned and close Monday morning at 8am.  
Sandra GreenWood County Parks & Forestry
Parks & Forestry Open Spaces Plan Survey
Posted 1/26/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Hello Wood County!

Please see the attached press release from Director, Chad Schooley for more in-depth information on this request.

The Wood County Parks and Forestry Department is asking for your help in determining resident habits, desires, and needs for future outdoor recreation opportunities in Wood County. We are in the process of updating the 2011 Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Plan. This update is a requirement of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to remain eligible for state and federal grant funding programs.

We value your opinion and appreciate the time out of your busy schedule. Your responses will remain completely confidential. This survey should take less than five minutes. Please click on the link below to begin. Once you complete the survey, you can enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to be used within our many parks areas. THANK YOU!

News Release - Small portion of Auburndale Nite Owls snowmobile trail opening Saturday 1/28/18.
Posted 1/26/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
January 26, 2018 - 8:30 am

Sandra Green, Wood County Snowmobile/ATV Coordinator, has announced that in addition to the Bakerville Sno Rovers trails opening on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 8am, the trail maintained by the Auburndale Nite Owls Snowmobile Club from Hewitt to the North where it connects to the Rozellville trail along County Highway M will be open as well. This trail is marked on the Wood County Snowmobile trail map as “M” and a short portion west of that which is marked “10” in the Auburndale Nite Owls trail system.

All other trails going east will be CLOSED and will marked as such. Trails are fair at best, so please use extreme caution.

All other snowmobile trails in Wood County will remain closed until further notice due to inadequate snow coverage.

Wood County snowmobile trails are subject to periodic and unexpected closures. For updates on recent closures or openings or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Parks & Forestry Office at (715) 421-8422 or e-mail us at parks@co.wood.wi.us or “Like” us on Facebook at “Wood County Parks & Forestry Department”.

Sandra Green
Wood County Parks & Forestry Office Supervisor Snowmobile/ATV Trail Coordinator

NEWS RELEASE: Bakerville Sno Rovers Snowmobile Trails Opening 1/27/18 - 8am
Posted 1/24/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Bluff Boutique! A Vendor & Craft Shopping Fundraiser Event for Powers Bluff.
Posted 1/22/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
We are having this fundraiser event to raise money to install snowmaking equipment and lighting at the Powers Bluff Recreation Area in Arpin, WI. Any other questions, please e-mail me at sgreen@co.wood.wi.us or call me at 715-421-8422. Thank you. DETAILED EVENT info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/140759579944061/? active_tab=about
THANK YOU for helping with our 1st Fundraiser!
Posted 12/26/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
THANK YOU to everyone who purchased items from RUBI-REDS for the Powers Bluff Development Project fundraiser! You helped us raise $456.60 that will go directly to the project. Not bad for our first fundraiser. STAY TUNED for many more mini-pop-up fundraisers coming soon! Stay warm out there!

Sandra Green, Office Supervisor
Wood County Parks & Forestry Department
Timber Sale Bid Results from November 9, 2017
Posted 11/14/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
2017 Fall Timber Sale Bid Opening
Posted 10/23/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
See attached Prospectus.
Parks & Forestry Fall-Winter-Spring Photo Contest!
Posted 10/20/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Open document for contest rules.  Thank you!
Parks & Forestry Photo Contest Winners Announced!
Posted 9/18/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
PHOTO CONTEST RESULTS! Thank you to everyone who submitted their photos! We had so many beautiful photos to choose from which did not make our choices easy at all. We had a total of eleven employees voting for their favorites in each category including the overall-grand prize winner.

They are as follows and the pictures are included as well.

Nature category WINNER: #34 - Taylor Christianson
Wildlife category WINNER: #33 - Julie Kramer
People category WINNER: #18 - Kathy Redmond

Each your choice of one of the following; one night of camping with electricity at one of our three campgrounds; an annual trail pass; an annual boat pass; or three (3) tow tickets at Powers Bluff Recreational Area.

Overall WINNER: #48 - Amber Greycarek took this photo It's actually an HDR shot (multiple exposures combined into a single shot- 7 to be exact) *****Congratulations Amber!!

You win (2) free nights of camping WITH ELECTRICITY and two (2) bundles of firewood at any of our three campgrounds located in beautiful Wood County, Wisconsin.

Please contact Sandra Green, Office Supervisor at sgreen@co.wood.wi.us to learn how to claim your prize! *Prizes must be claimed within two weeks.

Sandra Green, Office Supervisor
Parks News Release Office Hours, Camping Reservation Policy
Posted 8/2/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Rifle Range Clean/up
Posted 6/5/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Rifle Range clean-up will take place on Tuesday, June 6th beginning at approximately 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. During this time, the range will be closed to the public. Thank you.
2017 Parks & Forestry Summer brochure NOW AVAILABLE!
Posted 4/27/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
The 2017 Parks & Forestry summer brochure is now available online. Beginning May 1st, you may pick up a hard copy in the Parks & Forestry office on the 2nd floor of the River Block building in WI Rapids from 8am - 4:30 pm. They will also be available at Dexter, South Park, North Park campgrounds and at Powers Bluff Park.
2017 Wood County Parks & Forestry Facebook Photo Contest
Posted 3/23/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Powers Bluff Development Project Brochure
Posted 2/2/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Powers Bluff Long Range Master Plan
Posted 2/2/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
NEW and Revised Park & Forestry Recreation Pamphlet!
Posted 1/20/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Introducing! The newest version of the The Wood County Park & Forestry Recreation Pamphlet - Revised in October 2016. These are also available from our office in the Courthouse.

Currently, I am having trouble with uploading the attachments to this page.  You can find these on our Facebook page as well until then.  Thank you.
Pets in the Parks
Posted 8/26/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Per our ordinance 600.08 (1) Pets. -It shall be unlawful for any person to allow pets to enter any public building, bathing beach, picnic grounds, or playgrounds within any County Park, or to run at large at any time on County Park grounds. -In other County Park areas and campgrounds pets are permitted provided they shall at all times be kept on a leash not more than 10 feet long. All pets shall be effectively restrained or under the owner's control at all times. No person shall allow his pet to deprive or disrupt the enjoyment or use of any area by others. -Pet owners are required to immediately clean up after their pets.
Pictures of CAMPSITES available on Facebook!
Posted 4/13/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
We have uploaded pictures of each campsite as well as dimensions of the sites and pads at each campground on our Facebook page. You can better determine if your camper will "fit" in a particular spot, or if it's too sunny, or not close enough to the water.

Click on "PHOTOS", then click on ALBUMS". Scroll down until you find the album you are looking for. Check out our Facebook page and "LIKE" us. Thank you.

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