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

Lake Wazeecha Red Sands Beach will be OPEN Labor Day weekend!
Posted 8/24/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
NOTIFICATION that the Lake Wazeecha, Red Sands Beach will be OPEN during Labor Day weekend for everyone to enjoy! It will CLOSE at 5:00 PM on Monday, September 5, 2016 in order for the Aqua Skiers to begin setting up for the World Water Ski Tournament and will remain closed for the season. Thank you!
Lake Wazeecha Drawdown
Posted 8/18/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
August 18, 2016


The Wood County Park & Forestry Department will begin drawing down the water level of Lake Wazeecha beginning, Monday, September 12, 2016. The water level will be lowered approximately eight feet at a rate of approximately six inches per day. The purpose of the drawdown is to excavate sedimentation build-up on the east end of the lake and to perform maintenance to the dam.

Once the full drawdown is complete, the water level will remain lowered for approximately 3-4 weeks. Upon completion of the excavation and maintenance work to the dam, the lake will then be refilled. During this period, the boat landing will become inaccessible and unusable. Portions of the walk trail may be temporarily closed as well. Please contact the Wood County Park & Forestry Department with any questions or concerns at 715-421-8422.

Chad Schooley, Director
ATV Area re-opening 8/16/16!
Posted 8/15/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
The WOOD COUNTY ATV AREA will re-open on Tuesday morning, August 16th. Please use CAUTION as you may encounter pulp trucks due to logging going on in various places. A small portion of the trail has been closed temporarily (see map attached below) due to the significant storm damage in July and subsequent clean-up that is taking longer than anticipated. Thank you for your patience.
Rifle Range Clean/up and ATV Area Announcements
Posted 8/11/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

1) The Wood County Rifle Range clean-up will take place on Tuesday, August 16th beginning at approximately 8:00 AM until Noon. During this time, the range will be closed to the public.

2) The Wood County ATV Intensive Use Area remains closed due to July's storm damage. We are almost done cleaning the area up and hope to be open by next Monday or Tuesday. Once the area is open again, you will see a notification on this page.

Thank you and have a great weekend everyone! :)

Road Construction Notification
Posted 8/9/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Notification to let our customers know that the on/off exit to get to Country Trunk U off of Highway 54 will be closed from August 10th to the end of the month due to road construction. To clarify, Highway 54 will remain open, but you will not be able to access County Trunk U from 54 and you will not be able to access 54 from U.
Dexter Shop Invitation To Bid
Posted 8/8/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Contact jlucas@arccentralinc.com to obtain the bid documents for this project.
Wood County ATV Area CLOSED due to storm damage.
Posted 7/22/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County ATV area is closed effective immediately due to storm damage. We will re-open once the debris has been cleaned up. Thank you for your cooperation. Sandra Green, Wood County Park & Forestry Office Supervisor, ATV/Snowmobile Trail Coordinator
Logging in Wood County ATV Area
Posted 7/20/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Rifle Range
Posted 6/22/2016 by spotocki@co.wood.wi.us
There will be a Wood County Rifle Range clean-up on Monday, June 27 beginning at approximately 8:00 AM until Noon. During this time, the range will be CLOSED to the public. Thank you!
Posted 6/21/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

Red Sands Beach Closing(s)
Posted 6/13/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Notice to the public: The Lake Wazeecha Red Sands Beach in the Town of Grand Rapids will be closed this Wednesday evening, June 15, 2016 from 5:30 to dark and Sunday evening, June 19, 2016 from 5:00-dark for the Aqua Skiers team show practice.
Wood County Beaches Opening
Posted 5/20/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
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
Posted 5/17/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
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!
Posted 4/28/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Check it out!
Campgrounds Opening Tomorrow and Firewood Ban
Posted 4/28/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
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
Posted 4/22/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us


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!
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.

Timber Sale Bid Opening Results
Posted 4/11/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
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
Posted 3/11/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

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.

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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