Our beautiful lake communities have been a mecca of Wisconsin travel & tourism, leisure, and hospitality since the 1800s. Each year, visitors seek out the authentic charm of the area and its distinctive resorts and B&Bs—each offering special features, amenities and accommodations for the whole family.
Nestled in the northeastern hills of Columbia County, you can find a refreshing get-away from your hectic days in Cambria. Tarrant Lake provides year around enjoyment for those interested in some leisurely fishing...ice skating or watching the Canada Geese in the spring and fall! Tarrant Park offers a modern outdoor swimming pool, two lighted sand volleyball courts, a lighted softball diamond, a skateboard ramp, new playground equipment and shelters with tables. Cambria is located on the eastern edge of the area's Amish Community. Pride Originals, an Amish heritage handmade furniture manufacturer with showroom, is located downtown. A state snowmobile trail runs right through Cambria's downtown area. The 1st weekend in June features a street dance and softball tournament. Park Days is held the 1st weekend of each August.
Come visit Columbus, nestled among gently rolling hills, woodlands, and the Crawfish River. Located in the southeast corner of Columbia County, Columbus presents an almost perfect portrait of the late 19th century with over 200 century-old commercial and residential buildings. This Wisconsin Main Street community features a variety of architectural styles including the extraordinary Farmers & Merchants Union Bank designed by Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. You will find that the City of Columbus strives to preserve and promote its proud heritage. Columbus is home to unique shopping, antiques, pottery, artisans, casual to fine dining, elegant B&B accommodations, and of course Carriages
We are a growing community who take pride in our rural lifestyle. We are located in the northeastern part of Columbia County, a short mile north of Highway 33 on County Rd EF. On any given day you might see someone driving an antique auto, an Amish horse and buggy, a tractor...or even a snowmobile. In the summer, you will enjoy our very popular old fashioned band concerts & pie socials, featuring the Friesland Band, held Tuesday evenings at 7:45 pm in our downtown park. Our Friesland Fireworks draws thousands of fun loving folks to town every 4th of July. Shop at our historic downtown grocery store founded over 100 years ago. View great scenery, rumble across wooden bridges, and marvel at our sunsets!
Home of Susie the Duck, the friendly small town of Lodi is located in the heart of scenic south-central Wisconsin. From Lake Wisconsin to Gibraltar Rock, the natural landscape surrounding Lodi affords breathtaking views to the hiker, cyclist, or motor tourist. While touring Lodi be sure to stop on Main Street to feed Susie the Duck who, since 1948, has made her nest in a special masonry basket built just for her and her feathered fledglings. Next, visit Lodi's quaint shops and businesses that carry everything visitors and residents could want: unique shops and restaurants, a grass airstrip, and full-service banking. If you're a first-time visitor, be sure to take a ride across the Wisconsin River aboard the Colsac III, Wisconsin's only free auto ferry. You can spend the day seeing the sights, visiting attractions, enjoying Lake Wisconsin, exploring the inexhaustible natural wonders of the area, or visiting with the interesting people and return to Lodi's peaceful hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfasts, or campgrounds to relax and reflect on the day's activities. Lodi, Wisconsin, is a city that preserves a peaceful, quality lifestyle and takes pride in all that it has to offer.
Legend of Suzie the Duck
A long time ago, (1948) a country mallard made Lodi her home. She settled in the downtown area and laid her eggs in a large masonry basket full of beautiful flowers. When her eggs hatched, she drew quite a bit of attention as locals and visitors came to observe her brood. Lodi's then police chief and his granddaughter also came to see the small fuzzy baby ducklings and their mother. The chief asked his granddaughter what she thought the mother duck's name should be? She replied "Susie". Susie has faithfully returned to her flower basket for years, raising many ducklings and much media attention. Through the years, many "Susie’s" have nested in the flower basket. Each year Lodi hosts an annual "Susie the Duck Day" celebrating the famous fowl who nests in the heart of Lodi.
Pardeeville, a village of 1800 people, founded by John Pardee in the mid 1800s is located 35 miles north of Madison, on Highway 22. Many of Pardeeville's assets include Chandler Park, which is surrounded by beautiful Park Lake, the Angie Williams Cox Library, and the Columbia County Historical Museum. Pardeeville Antique Mall is also a point of interest. Enjoy our Watermelon Festival at Chandler Park the first Saturday after Labor Day. Free admission. Pardeeville is surrounded by many campgrounds, farm markets and a large Amish Settlement to the north, which offers many places for the visitor to shop. For the sports enthusiast, there is water skiing, fishing and swimming on Park Lake; snowmobiling, cross country skiing and curling in the winter. Pardeeville has a very good school system, and eight churches in the village and surrounding area.
For all four seasons, Pardeeville is a great place to live or visit. Pardeeville Village Hall 608-429-3121.
The land lying between the Fox River and the Wisconsin River was known as in the early days as a "portage." A portage is the act of transporting boats and supplies from one waterway to another. It is unique as it is part of a natural water-shed or is called a "continental divide." The Fox River flows from South to North emptying into Lake Michigan - St. Lawrence - Atlantic and the Wisconsin River flows from North to South emptying into the Mississippi - Gulf of Mexico. The Indians called the "portage" Wau-wau-onah, now more commonly known as "Wauona" which means "the place where one takes up his canoe and carries it on his back." The one and four-tenths mile trail through this marshy area was very difficult. Sometimes during high water boats could paddle from one river to the other. In 1828, the U.S. Department of Army sent soldiers to erect a fort at the Portage, to protect the white settlers and to keep the Indians in order. The Indians were charging tolls to "portage" across their land and the white settlers did not want to pay. There was a need for a better means of transportation. www.portagecanalsociety.com
The MacKenzie Center is located two miles east of Poynette on Highway CS. Visitors enjoy 280 acres of nature-based experiences including hiking the themed nature trails, three different museums, native Wisconsin wildlife exhibits and more.
Welcome to Randolph, located about an hour north of Madison, bound by two counties, Dodge and Columbia and within 5 miles of fishing and recreational lakes, which include Beaver Dam Lake and Fox Lake. The village has a strong agricultural economic support from the many farmers in the area. It is proud of that heritage. Randolph offers peaceful residential neighborhoods, quality schools (public and parochial), a variety of churches and recreational opportunities, with a beautiful park and a pool. Randolph’s economic development committee is here to meet the needs of existing business and industries, and can accommodate and provide financial incentives for new industries seeking to relocate or expand in its growing business park.
Wisconsin Dells attracts more than 2.5 million visitors annually, making it the Midwest's number one family vacation destination. Wisconsin Dells has also been recognized as "America's
Waterpark Capital," with over 18 million gallons of water to be found in area waterparks, resorts and pools. With more than 90 attractions, Wisconsin Dells attracts visitors with a variety of interests. Some guests get away for a scenic tour of the Wisconsin River, championship golf and fine dining. Others seek the excitement and action of thrilling live shows, extreme rides, waterparks, go-karts, mini golf and historic attractions. Whatever experience you're looking for, it awaits in Wisconsin Dells. For more information about Wisconsin Dells or to request a free Wisconsin Dells Travel and Attraction Guide call 1-800-223-3557.
Lodi Chamber of Commerce
Lodi Area Opportunity & Development Inc. (L.O.D.I.)
Portage Chamber of Commerce
A great way to see our beautiful county is on a bike! Here is a helpful map with 18 different loops to ride. To download the pdf version of our maps. Columbia County bicycle map (2 MB)- click here / Individual bike loop maps (11.5 MB)- click here / additional bike loop descriptions - click here
For more information about beautiful Columbia County,
here are some helpful links:
Cambria-Friesland Chamber of Commerce
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Fall River Chamber of Commerce
Lodi & Lake Wisconsin
Pardeeville Area Business Association
Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
608-742-6242 or 800-474-2525
Poynette Chamber of Commerce
Randolph Chamber of Commerce