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

Audubon Goose Pond Rd. and Kampen Rd.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.  


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

Camper County Snow Riders
Rio Area


Columbus Fall River Sno-Blazers

The Moonlighters Snowmobile Club

New Haven Sno-Streakers
Wisconsin Dells Area

Randolph Trail Busters
Randolph Area

Rocky Run Riders

Doyleston Area

Winnebago Ridge Runners

Yellow Thunder Snowmobile Club
Lodi Area



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

Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Department of Tourism


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

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