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Wautoma

Where “Up North” Begins

Waushara County’s Historical Society is located in Wautoma in what was once the County Jail. Built in 1908, it was converted into a museum in the mid-1970’s. Wautoma’s historic Main Street and extended State Highway 21 merchant district makes for a very inviting and unique shopping experience. Browse charming specialty shops that offer everything from fine gifts, jewelry, furniture and Amish quilts. Enjoy the excellent local restaurants, or take home fresh bakery, gourmet deli items and delicious homemade sweets. Stay at one of several motels, cottage rentals, or campgrounds and enjoy the hospitality of hometown Wautoma.

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Explore Wautoma

Wautoma and the surrounding area is a wonderful blend of farming and recreation, boasting more than 100 lakes, 150 miles of trout streams, 7,000 acres of public hunting and fishing, and 12 county parks. To the north, the cold-water ponds of the Wild Rose Fish Hatchery produce a quarter of all the trout and salmon stocked statewide. In western Waushara County, the UW’s Hancock Agricultural Research Station offers fascinating guided tours of its facility and the 150 research projects it conducts annually.

While in Wautoma, the county seat, visit the WWII Memorial Building. Built with a generous bequest from the late Dale Severns, the facility symbolizes the eternal debt of gratitude that our society owes to the treasured members of America’s “Greatest Generation.” The interior walls of the structure are covered with over 800 plaques telling the individual stories of the brave citizens of Waushara County. The building consists of a large atrium space, 350-person capacity meeting hall with kitchen and food service bays, full bar service, and two coatrooms. Conveniently located at the intersections of Hwys. 21 and 22, It’s the perfect setting for a meeting, wedding, party or exhibit.

Wisconsin ranks third in Christmas tree production. In a typical year, Wisconsin growers cut and sell more than 3 million trees nationwide. Wautoma is virtually surrounded by Christmas tree farms. You’ll find millions of trees here, neatly laid-out in rows of Fraser fir, Balsam, White and Blue Spruce, Scotch and Norway pine. The area is also a very popular winter retreat with miles of groomed snowmobile and cross country trails within easy traveling distance. Nordic Mountain Ski Hill is located only six miles away and features 13-slopes, four lifts and six miles of ski trails.

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