Just get out and explore! Columbia County offers many of the finest waterways to fish, parks to hike and most any outdoor activity you can think of.

 

Outdoor Recreation

 

Parks & Recreation Areas

Nature Trails

Arlington
Audubon Goose Pond Rd. and Kampen Rd.

Columbus
Hampden Wetland Public Hunting Grounds
227 acres, all state-owned. Take Hwy. 60, 6 miles west from Columbus to Hwy. A, then south on A 4 miles to Arnold Road.
Udey St. Dam & Crawfish River

Fall River
Fall River Dam, Lazy Lake

Lake Wisconsin
10,000 acres (16 sq. miles) 57 mile shoreline Summer/Winter - Website

Lodi
Gibraltar Rock - Highlands
Lodi Hwy JV
Lodi Marsh Wildlife Area
1,207 acres (1,070 owned, 137 leased). 2 miles southwest of Lodi on Hyw. Y.
Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Portage and Lodi areas - Website

Pardeeville
US Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Area
608-429-3244 357 Acres next to Indian Trails Campground - Email
Park Lake
Lake George Park - County Trunk P, Town of Pacific
Peter Helland Wildlife Area
2,997 acres, all state-owned. 6 miles east of Pardeeville on Hwy. P

Portage
Ice Age National Scenic Trail - Portage and Lodi areas
French Creek Wildlife Area
3,176 acres, all state-owned. 6 miles northeast of Portage on Hwy. F. Disjunct ownership in towns of Ford Winnebago and Marcellon in Columbia County and town of Buffalo in Marquette County.
Owen Park - Owen Park Road, Town of Caledonia
Veteran’s Memorial Park
Wauona Trail, Portage
Home of the Columbia County Fair
Pine Island Wildlife Area
5,043 acres, all state-owned. Just west of Portage on Levee Road off Hwy. 33.
Governors Bend Park
County Trunk F to Fox River Road to Lock Road, Town of Fort Winnebago

Poynette
Dekorra Public Hunting Ground
242 acres, all state-owned. 8 miles northwest of Poynette off Hwy. V just west of Interstate 90/94.
Hinkson Creek Fishery Area
3 miles west from Poynette on Hwy. CS, then north on Hwy. J 3/4 mile to Kent Road. Go 1 mile east on Kent Rd. to Branton Rd., then north.
Mackenzie Environmental Center and Wildlife State Game Farm
(608)635-8110 Pheasants - Hiking - 200 Nature Tracks - Wildlife Exhibits - Forest 250 acres - Educational Center - Fire Tower - Buffalo
Rowan Creek Fishery Area - 629 acres, all state-owned.
Whalen Grade Fishing Pier - County Trunk V, Town of Dekorra

Randolph
Paradise Marsh Wildlife Area
1,496 acres, all state-owned. Go south of Randolph 1 mile to Hwy. 73 to Hwy. G. Go west on G 3 miles to wildlife area.

Rio
Jennings Creek Wildlife Area
530 acres, all state-owned. Head north out of Rio on Hwy. SS 2 miles to Jennings Road, then east on Jennings less than 2 miles to Ludwig Road, then continue to Jennings Creek.
Grassy Lake Wildlife Area
695 acres, all state-owned. 3 miles southeast of Rio to Hwy. 16. Take Erdman Road or Fischer Road off Hwy. 16.
Rocky Run Creek Fishery Area
710 acres, all state-owned. From Rio, take Hwy. B west 6 miles to Dunning road, then north 1/2 mile to access point.
Mud Lake Wildlife Area
2,139 acres, all state-owned. South of Rio 1 mile on Hwy. C, then west on Drake Road 1 mile.

Springvale
Duck Creek Public Hunting Grounds
159 acres, all state-owned. Four miles west of Wyocena on Hwy. G, south side of G, section 21 town of Springvale.

Boating

Columbia County invites you to explore the Wisconsin and Fox Rivers as well as its many lakes. These waterways provide you with an opportunity for fishing, water skiing, wildlife observation, nature study, and photography.


Hunting

Columbia County offers excellent hunting opportunities! Whether hunting with a gun, bow, or a camera, there are plenty of opportunities to capture white-tail deer, wild turkeys, water fowl, and small game. For more about hunting & Fishing in Columbia County.

Whether hunting with a gun, bow, or a camera, there are plenty of opportunities to capture white-tail deer, wild turkeys, water fowl, and small game. There are hundreds of acres of public hunting areas as well as private land for enjoyment of these activities. Please check with the Department of Natural Resources for hunting regulations and always ask permission before entering private lands.  


Fishing

The bountiful waterways in the county feature fish ranging from River Sturgeon to Bluegill and Crappie.  Whether you prefer lakes, streams, or rivers, Columbia County can meet your fishing needs. For more about hunting & Fishing in Columbia County. Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River are popular with both recreational boaters and anglers. The area has no shortage of resorts, campgrounds and tourist attractions. Camping and picnicking on the many sandbars and islands is very popular on the Wisconsin River around the Interstate 90/94 bridge. http://www.travelwisconsin.com/article/fishing/best-places-to-fish-in-wisconsin-lake-wisconsin  


Winter Sports
Columbia County is home to a large variety of winter sporting activity! Come explore the possibilities of winter fun!

winter sports


Columbia County Snowmobile Clubs

snowmobile clubs
For more information click here

Arlington Prairie Drifters
www.prairiedrifters.com

Camper County Snow Riders
Rio Area

 

Columbus Fall River Sno-Blazers
www.orgsites.com/wi/snoblazers

The Moonlighters Snowmobile Club
www.moonlighterssnowmobileclub.com

New Haven Sno-Streakers
Wisconsin Dells Area

Randolph Trail Busters
Randolph Area

Rocky Run Riders
www.orgsites.com/wi/rockyrunrider

Sno-Hoppers
Doyleston Area

Winnebago Ridge Runners
www.winnebagoridgerunners.com.

Yellow Thunder Snowmobile Club
Lodi Area
www.merr.com/users/ythunder

 

 


For more information about beautiful Columbia County,
here are some helpful links:

Cambria-Friesland Chamber of Commerce
920-348-6090

Columbus Chamber of Commerce
920-623-3699

Fall River Chamber of Commerce
920-484-6257 

Lodi & Lake Wisconsin
608-592-4412

Pardeeville Area Business Association
608-429-3596 

Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
608-742-6242 or 800-474-2525

Poynette Chamber of Commerce
608-635-2425  

Randolph Chamber of Commerce
920-326-4769  

Wisconsin Dells
800-223-3557

Wisconsin Department of Tourism

 

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COLUMBIA COUNTY VISITOR BUREAU
Phone -608.742.6161 Fax -608.742.3582
Room 256 - 112 E. Edgewater (P.O. Box 323)
Portage, WI 53901

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