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

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.
Nepco Ski Trails Closed
Posted 1/20/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
NEPCO SKI TRAILS UPDATE - 1/20/2017 - The Cross-Country Ski Trails at Nepco are closed until further notice. Also see below regarding the event for tomorrow.

Nordic Skiers,
We are canceling the candle light ski, bonfire event for Saturday. The water is pooling up and the danger of falls leads to this choice. We are all hoping for more snow soon.

Nordic Skiers Club, Wisconsin Rapids
Snowmobile Trails Close 1/17/17
Posted 1/16/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us


January 16, 2017 – 10:30 am

Sandra Green, Wood County ATV/Snowmobile Coordinator, would like to announce that at 11:59 pm on January 16, 2017 all Wood County snowmobile trails will close temporarily due to incoming precipitation and warm weather. The clubs would like to clean up low-lying branches and perform general maintenance and grooming of the trails to keep them safe and enjoyable for all of you. The trails will be reassessed early next week by the snowmo...bile clubs and a decision will be made when to re-open.

Weather dependent, please JOIN US on the 37th Wood County Snowmobile Ride on February 18, 2017. For more information on the snowmobile ride as well as updates on the snowmobile trails, please visit our website at www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks or like us on Facebook at “Wood County Park & Forestry Department”.

Sandra Green
Office Supervisor
Wood County Snowmobile/ATV Trail Coordinator

Snowmobile Trails Opening
Posted 1/10/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
January 10, 2017, 2:00 pm

Sandra Green, Wood County Snowmobile/ATV Coordinator, would like to announce that the Kellner Knights, Rudolph River Rovers and Vesper Snow Drifters would like to open their snowmobile trails today, Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm.

Additionally, the Sunset Drifters and Yellow River Riders would like to open their trails on Friday morning, January 13, 2017 at 8:00 am.

Riders should practice, safe and responsible riding out on the trails as conditions will vary from excellent to fair throughout the system. Riders should specifically be on the lookout for rough patches across fields, ice patches (watch for CAUTION signs), and thin snow coverage.

Wood County snowmobile trails are subject to periodic closures as determined by the county coordinator. For updates, recent closures or openings please check our website, our Facebook page at “Wood County Park and Forestry Department” or TravelWisconsin.com. For other questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact the Park & Forestry Office at (715) 421-8422 or e-mail us at parks@co.wood.wi.us.

Sandra Green
Wood County Park & Forestry Office Supervisor and Snowmobile/ATV Trail Coordinator
PARTIAL OPENING of Snowmobile Trails 1/6/17 and 1/7/17 at 8 AM.
Posted 1/8/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
January 6, 2017 at 8 AM Sandra Green, Wood County Snowmobile/ATV Coordinator, has announced that the trails maintained by the Bakerville Sno Rovers will open at 8 AM on Friday, January 6, 2017 and the Auburndale Nite Owls Snowmobile Clubs will open at 8 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Please "USE CAUTION" and "Drive Safely" as there are some icy areas as well as possible areas of open water.  All other snowmobile trails in Wood County will remain closed until further notice at this time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Park & Forestry Office at (715) 421-8422 or e-mail us at parks@co.wood.wi.us or “Like” us on Facebook at “Wood County Park & Forestry Department”. Sandra Green/Wood County Park & Forestry Office Supervisor
Snowmobile Trails, Powers Bluff and Cross Country
Posted 1/8/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
WOOD COUNTY WINTER RECREATION OPENINGS. The Wood County Park and Forestry Department would like to give public notice regarding our Winter Recreation Openings! The Wood County Snowmobile trails are PARTIALLY OPEN! STAY ON THE TRAIL!  IF YOU RUIN A PORTION OF THE LANDOWNER'S PROPERTY, WE COULD LOSE THAT PORTION OF THE TRAIL - SO PLEASE - STAY ON THE TRAIL!  


PLEASE USE CAUTION as trail conditions will vary. On portions of their trails, the swamps may not be frozen over yet and are unable to carry or hold a groomer so those portions are not groomed. Watch for ungroomed water crossings.

As a reminder, each snowmobile needs to have a Wisconsin Snowmobile Trail Pass. For a discounted rate, JOIN A SNOWMOBILE CLUB today! A big THANK YOU to our clubs who signed, packed and groomed the trails for us and to all of the landowners because without them, the trail system would not be possible! For more information, and a link to the snowmobile map outlining all club trail sections as well as a list of the Wood County Snowmobile Clubs, please visit our website at www.co.wood.wi.us/Snowmobiling.

The Powers Bluff Recreational Area open for the season. 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. Downhill skiing and snowboarding is open from 10:00 AM—4:30 PM and the fee is $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 people is $225 Tubing Only: Two tow lines, recommended for 40-200 people 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

The Nepco Cross Country ski trails are open as well and have been tracked and groomed. The Richfield 360 trails are packed and tracked . Daily passes are $5, an annual individual pass is $15 and an annual family pass (3 or more family members) is $40. Please check our website, Facebook page, or Travel Wisconsin for updated opening and closing information.

Sandra Green
Wood County Snowmobile/ATV Trail Coordinator
Nepco Lake Park Ski Trails Groomed and ready!
Posted 1/6/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

The Trail at Nepco Lake Park is groomed and ready for us all to enjoy. See the map of the trail below. Your trail pass can be purchased at the Trail Head or at the Wood County Park & Forestry office Monday - Friday from 8am - 4pm. Daily Individual pass is $5, Annual Individual is $15 and an Annual Family (three or more family members) is $40.

Park & Forestry Winter Brochure
Posted 11/11/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Our winter brochure is available here as well as our Facebook page. If you'd like one mailed to you, please give us a call at 715-421-8422 or e-mail us at parks@co.wood.wi.us. Thank you! Sandra Green, Office Supervisor
Firewood Ban Ordinance
Posted 9/16/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Please do not bring firewood to any of our campgrounds to burn during your stay (you may bring untreated, clean, dimensional lumber without nails - e.g. cut off 2x4's). You will need to purchase your firewood directly at the campground with cash or check. 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.
Wood County Park & Forestry 2016 Summer Newspaper is here!
Posted 4/28/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Check it out!
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.

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.
Department Menu