Wood County Parks and Forestry

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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

NOTICE of Bid Opening for Old Dexter Maintenance Shop
Posted 10/10/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
NOTICE of Bid Opening - Wood County Parks & Forestry Department, Old Dexter Maintenance Shop

Attached is the bid packet and documents for your consideration. Minimum acceptable bid is $30,000.

The property consists of the maintenance building, and lean-to open storage building. The maintenance building is 2,460 sq. ft., consisting of 500 sq. ft of insulated area heated with forced air LP furnace, 900 sq. ft. of insulated shop area heated with wood furnace, 930 sq. ft. of un-insulated area, and an additional 1,400 sq. ft. of attic space. The maintenance building has a bathroom, mound system, well, and LP tank.

The lean-to open storage building is 96’ x 28’ (2,688 sq ft). The building has steel siding and roof. There are 8 open bays with gravel/dirt flooring. The site is 3.97 acres. The buildings are located within a 1.4 acre fenced in area. The remaining 2.57 acres is mainly wooded.

Thank you! Sandra Green, Office Supervisor
Pulpwood FOR SALE at Wisconsin Surplus Auction!
Posted 9/18/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Parks & Forestry has a couple of auctions on Wisconsin Surplus for pulpwood! No bids have been placed yet? Need FIREWOOD? :)

Located at the South Wood County Park Disposal - 520 80th Street So, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Here is the website: http://www.wisconsinsurplus.com/frame.htm

Here are the auction numbers:
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
North Park Campground Beach CLOSED for season.
Posted 9/1/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
North Wood County Park Beach will remain closed due to continued elevated counts of E. coli.  

Thank you.
Sandra Green, Office Supervisor
Wood County Beaches Closing 2017
Posted 8/28/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us


FROM: Sandra Green, Wood County Parks & Forestry Office Supervisor

DATE: August 28, 2017

SUBJECT: Wood County Swimming Beaches The Wood County swim beach areas will close for the season on Tuesday, September 05, 2017.

We hope that you have enjoyed the beaches this year and we hope to see you again next year. Other park areas remain open thru October 31, 2017.

Beginning, September 11th, camping reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis at North Park and Dexter Park meaning no reservations will be taken. Due to the local BMX Tournament, reservations will be taken at South Park Campground through September 23rd.

For more information on fall camping and shelter rentals, contact us at (715) 421-8422/parks@co.wood.wi.us, or stop in the Wood County Parks & Forestry Department, Wood County River Block Building, 111 W. Jackson Street, Wisconsin Rapids, 54495 from 8am-4pm. Check us out on Facebook (Wood County Parks & Forestry Department) or visit our web site at www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks, for more detailed information.
Rifle Range Clean-up 8/30/17 8am
Posted 8/28/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
There is a rifle range clean-up scheduled for this Wednesday, 8/30/17 at 8:00 am. The range will be closed during this time. Thank you.
North Park Beach CLOSED
Posted 8/25/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
For Immediate Release

Nancy Eggleston, R.S.
Wood County Health Department Environmental Health Supervisor
Contact Info—(715)421-8911

North Wood County Park Beach
Closed due to Elevated Counts of E. coli

North Wood County Park Beach is closed immediately due to high Escherichia coli (E. coli) counts. Beach water samples collected on 08/23/2017 prompted the closure. The Wood County Health Department routinely conducts water sampling for bacteria at all county beaches throughout the summer. The recent water samples collected from the beaches exceed the maximum level considered to be safe. The count at North Wood was 1732.9 Most Probable Number (MPN).

The presence of E. coli bacteria in water indicates human or animal pollution, and the potential presence of bacteria that can cause illness. Wood County Environmental Health staff will collect samples from the beaches, and will reopen the beaches when the water quality is considered safe for swimming. The beach closure will end when the results of two consecutive days samples are below 235 mpn.

Environmental Protection Agency studies show that high levels of these bacteria can lead to acute gastrointestinal illness in swimmers. Symptoms of waterborne illnesses can include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact your doctor.

Information concerning the reopening of the beaches at North Wood County Park, or water quality testing from Wood County beaches can be obtained by calling the Wood County Health Department at 715-421-8911 or 715-387-8646, or the Wood County Parks and Forestry Department at 715-421-8422.
Parks News Release Office Hours, Camping Reservation Policy
Posted 8/2/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
*Updated Red Sands Beach Closures 2017
Posted 7/10/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Please see the attached document listing the closure dates for Red Sands Beach.
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.
Timber Sale Bid Opening June 7, 2017
Posted 5/10/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
See attachment.
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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