Welcome to Columbia County, located just north of Madison, WI and only a short drive from Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis —featuring an area with an abundance of natural wonders and leisure activities.


We thank you for your interest in Columbia County and encourage you to visit us soon.


runners The outdoors comes alive in Columbia County. Come explore our 11,000 acres of lakes, 16,000 acres of public hunting and wildlife land, 49 miles of trout streams, 27 boat landings and 3,000 campsites. Columbia County is conveniently located in south-central Wisconsin. The County is just short drive from metropolitan areas: Madison is less than an hour’s drive; Milwaukee and Rockford, less than two hours, and Chicago less than four.    fall trees

Year round recreation and opportunities for relaxation are all available in Columbia County. Come for the golf, biking, canoeing, boating and fishing. Come to visit the National Scenic Ice Age Trail, Wisconsin Dells, The Wisconsin River and Lake Wisconsin. Enjoy snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing. Experience Columbia County’s variety of accommodations including everything from full-service resorts to intimate bed and breakfast inns. early frost

Remember to leave time to explore the Historic Legacy in Columbia County. The County is rich in historic architecture, charming historic shopping areas, and historic sites dating back to our American Indian roots.

portage fountain    Scenic natural beauty, an abundance of year round leisure sports, the historic legacy and enviable antiquing combine to make Columbia County “the place to create lifetime experiences.”

-The Columbia County
Tourism Committee


Columbia County Visitor’s Bureau Board of Directors:

Bob Becker – President
Stan Stofflet– Vice President
Mike Griffith – Second Vice President
Carmen Griffith – Secretary/Treasurer
Annette Currie – Director at Large
Bob O'Brion– Director at Large
Nancy Elsing – Executive Director

Columbia County Tourism Committee:
Bob Becker – Pardeeville
Annette Currie – Arlington
Nancy Elsing – CCEDC Executive Director
Roxann Brue – CCEDC Assistant Director
Mike Griffith – Portage
Marianne Hanson – Portage Chamber of Commerce
Charles James – Rio
Nancy James – Rio
Elizabeth Woyt – Super 8 – Portage
Stan Stofflet - Rio
Bob O’Brion – Columbus
Judy Robbins – Fall River
Andy Ross – Columbia County Board of Supervisors
Deb Fallon, Sunfall on Main, Lodi

Columbia County Economic-Development Corporation


Columbia County Visitor’s Bureau
Room 256 - 112 E. Edgewater (P.O. Box 323)
Portage, WI 53901

Email- roxann2121@frontier.com

Phone 608-742-6161
Fax 608-742-3582





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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