Wood County Park and Forestry

Boating on Lake Wazeecha

Office Information

Wood County Park and Forestry
Wood County Courthouse (Map)
2nd Floor
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm M-F
Reservation Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm 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.

Park and Forestry Announcements

Posted 10/5/2015 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Attention ALL ATV'ers:
The ATV Area off of HWY 54 will be closed at 10:00 PM on Friday, October 9 and not reopen until 8:00 AM on Monday, October 12 due to the youth deer hunt. Good luck!!!
Lake Dexter & Lake Wazeecha Drawdowns
Posted 9/17/2015 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Park and Forestry Department would like to announce that, beginning on Monday, September 28, 2015, Lake Dexter will be drawn down a total of 3’ for the purpose of bridge repairs on State Highway 80.
The drawdown will take place in two stages. Starting on Monday, September 28th, the water level will be lowered 4” per day. Once the level is down 1’, this level will be maintained until cranberry harvest operations are completed on an adjoining marsh. The level will then be dropped another 2’, for a maximum drawdown of 3’ total. This level will be maintained until the bridge repairs have been completed. Refilling of the lake will begin no later than November 1, 2015 at a rate not to exceed 6” per day.
Due to this drawdown, the boat landings at Lake Dexter may become unusable.

Also beginning on Monday, September 28, 2015, Lake Wazeecha will be drawn down a total of 2’ for the purpose of dam maintenance and repairs.
The 2’ drawdown water level will be maintained throughout the winter. The lake will begin to be refilled, at a rate of 6” per day, once the ice is off the lake in the Spring of 2016. Starting on Monday, September 28th, the water level will be lowered 4” per day, until the maximum of 2’ is completed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Park and Forestry office at (715) 421-8422.
Gift Ideas.....
Posted 12/5/2014 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Looking for a gift for that hard to buy for person in your life? WE have the solution for you...
How about a gift certificate for tubing/skiing at Powers Bluff Winter Sports Area or a gift certificate for camping at any of the 3 Wood County Campgrounds!
For the boaters and skiers in your life, why not give them the gift of their annual pass.
Certificates can be purchased over the phone with MasterCard or Visa, or stop by our office located at 400 Market St, Wisconsin Rapids WI with cash or check.
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wood County Outdoors!
Posted 8/1/2013 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Are you interested in Wildlife and what happens to it in our area? Do you want a way to voice your opinion on how it should be managed?
If so, then WE WANT YOU.....to join the Wood County Wildlife Area Advisory Committee.
This Committee currently has (1) opening for a 3 year term. This Committee meets 4 times a year in January, April, July, and October on a Tuesday evening at the Sandhill Wildlife Area.
If you are interested, please fill out the attached form and mail it back to the Wood County Park & Forestry Department.
Powers Bluff Long Range Plan
Posted 10/19/2012 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
This is a .pdf file and is very large. It may take a few moments to download.
Pets In The Parks
Posted 6/28/2012 by hgehrt@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.
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