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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

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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 disc golf.

For information on what Wood County has to offer contact the Wood County Parks and Forestry Department.

All payments by check to Wood County Parks & Forestry should be mailed to: 111 W. Jackson St., WI Rapids, WI 54495

Parks and Forestry Announcements

Will YOU participate please? Bike & Pedestrian Survey

Posted 9/8/2021 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

Wood County Parks Beaches Closing Date

Posted 8/31/2021 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

North Wood County Park beach closed.

Posted 8/27/2021 by spotocki@co.wood.wi.us

For Immediate Release



Ben Jeffrey, 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 due to high Escherichia coli (E. coli) counts. Initial beach water samples collected on 08/26/2021 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 beach exceed the maximum level considered to be safe. The most recent count at North Wood County Park Beach 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 beach, and will reopen the beach 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 beach 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.

North Park Campground FRONT gate CLOSED temporarily.

Posted 8/27/2021 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

The NORTH Wood County Park main entrance is closed. You will need to use the back entrance. Here are the directions: Look for the sign directing you how to exit the road located on the ground by the entrance. Go back out of the campground through the NORTH entrance. Go North on CTH A about one mile Take a left on CTH N and go approximately 1 mile West. You will go across the Yellow River Bridge. After going over the bridge, take a left on Polish Road about 2 miles. Take a left on Richfield Wood Road and continue until you come to a gravel road. This is the back entrance of the park. You will need to take a right turn and go around the overflow area (the road is one-way) and find your site.

Wazeecha beaches re-open safely today.

Posted 8/25/2021 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

The results from the samples collected at Red and White Sand beaches yesterday, 8/24/21 are both within normal ranges. Both beaches can open completely with no advisory posted.

Sandra Green, Office Supervisor

8/25/21 8am