Wood County Park and Forestry
Wood County Courthouse
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm M-F
Reservation Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm M-F
Phone: (715) 421-8422
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
Park and Forestry Announcements
Wood County Beaches Opening
NEWS RELEASE The Wood County beaches will be open to the public on Saturday, May 28, 2016 for the Memorial Day holiday and stay open through the Labor Day holiday. County beaches are not staffed with lifeguards, and will be unguarded. Dogs are not allowed in the beach areas. We hope you will come and enjoy the Wood County Parks this summer. For information, contact at (715) 421-8422, or Wood County Park & Forestry Department, Courthouse, PO Box 8095, 400 Market Street, Room 205, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54495. For further information, visit our website at: www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks or find us on Facebook.
Dexter Storage Building Bid Opening Results
May 17, 2016 - 8:00 am, Dexter Storage Building Bid Opening , approved by the HIRC (Highway Infrastructure and Recreation Committee) on May 17, 2016 at 9:00 am.
Wood County Park & Forestry 2016 Summer Newspaper is here!
Check it out!
Campgrounds Opening Tomorrow and Firewood Ban
A reminder with our campgrounds opening tomorrow regarding the Firewood Ban Ordinance. Please do not bring firewood to any of our campgrounds to burn during your stay (you may bring untreated, clean, dimensional lumber (e.g. cut off 2x4's). You will need to purchase your firewood directly at the campground. Thank you.
Campgrounds open April 29, 2016 - Summer Activities
The Wood County Park and Forestry Department would like to inform the public that our parks will be opening on Friday, April 29th, 2016.
Please come out and enjoy your parks!
If you are not familiar with what the Wood County Park and Forestry system has to offer, the following are some of the activities that are available to you:
Camping: Three campgrounds are available (Dexter Park, South Wood County Park, and North Wood County Park). Self-registration (camping on a first-come, first-served basis) is done at the campground prior to Memorial Day weekend. For reservations beginning from May 25th and later, you may logon to www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks and make your reservation on-line. Or, call (715) 421-8422 Monday through Friday from 9AM—3 PM with a MasterCard or Visa.
Shelter Rental: There are four enclosed, two open, and one year round shelter available for rent for your special gatherings. These can be reserved one year in advance of your event.
Boating & Fishing: Lake Dexter, Lake Wazeecha and Nepco Lakes provide a variety of activities from fishing to boating (pass required for boating…$5.00 daily/ $20.00 annual) and swimming. (Beaches open officially on Memorial Day weekend and there are no lifeguards on duty at any time).
Passive activities: There are many passive activities that can also be enjoyed in the parks such as hiking, biking, picnicking, disc golf, playground areas etc.
New in 2016: Effective January 25, 2016, Wood County Park Ordinance, Chapter 600 .07 - C. Unlawful Firewood. It shall be unlawful for park users to bring outside firewood into any Wood County Park facility, shelter, land or area. Untreated, clean, and fully debarked dimensional lumber may be brought in for burning. Down and dead wood may also be gathered inside the park for burning. Chainsaws are not allowed to be used for this purpose. Wood County shall have firewood available, for purchase, at each of its designated campgrounds.
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. Please visit the Park & Forestry Facebook Page for more information. When you get there, click on "PHOTOS", then click on “ALBUMS". Scroll down until you find the album you are looking for.
For a free brochure and recreation guide of the Wood County Park & Forestry areas, please call
(715) 421-8422 or check out our web site at: www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks or find us on Facebook, “Wood County Park & Forestry Department”. Thank you.
Pictures of CAMPSITES available on Facebook!
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.
Timber Sale Bid Opening Results
Attached are the results for the Timber Sale Bid Opening held on 4/4 at 9:00 am at the Wood County Courthouse. Thank you.
Timber Sale Bid Opening (4/4/16) Packet
Spring 2016 Timber Sale information is now available. The full packet is available here (note small paperclip below - click on that. It is on .pdf format) as well as on our Facebook page "Wood County Park & Forestry Department". Please "LIKE" us while you're there! You can also request the full packet by calling our office at 715-421-8422 or stopping in Monday through Friday between 8am and 4:30pm. All bids are due back by 4:00 PM on Friday, April 1st or hand delivered by 9:00 AM on Monday, April 4th. Thank you.
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
This is a .pdf file and is very large. It may take a few moments to download.
Pets In The Parks
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.