Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide a park and forest recreation system that will meet the needs of our current and future generations, preserve and protect the County’s open space, water, historical, cultural, and natural resources; and provide recreation opportunities that are designed to enhance the County’s quality of life.
(County Forest Mission Statement: To manage and protect County forest resources on a sustainable basis for ecological, economic, educational, recreational, and research needs of present and future generations).
 
 
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The Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department operates two separate park systems, and a County Forestry system each with its own facilities, objectives, and budgets. The City of Wausau park system is based on small neighborhood parks and play fields whose purpose is to serve nearby residents. Other park types include: community parks for large gatherings and events; specialized athletic and recreation facilities, such as swimming pools, a snow tubing hill with a 1000 foot run, outdoor ice skating rinks, and ball diamonds; and small urban garden type parks that provide many of the aesthetically pleasing urban green spaces that help define Wausau's character.  Protect your tree from the Emerald Ash Borer.

In conjunction with its park system, Wausau offers a recreation program that provides swimming and a youth playground program in the summer and snow tubing and outdoor iceskating in the winter. Indirectly, Wausau's recreation program facilitates the operation of numerous sports leagues and recreation activities through the provision of facilities, technical assistance, and other coordinating activities.

The Marathon County park system is based on large parks that typically focus upon a high quality natural feature and provide limited areas of development that support low intensity recreation uses, such as picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming, and camping. These parks serve large areas of the county. The county park system also provides specialized facilities that serve the entire county or major populations within the county, such as the fairgrounds, shooting range, softball complex, and indoor ice skating.

The Wausau and Marathon County park systems provide distinctly different, yet complementary, facilities and recreation opportunities. The specialized knowledge, skills, and equipment necessary to effectively operate the two systems have been successfully provided by a single workforce and management team since 1924.

The Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department provides facilities and programs that are accessible to all individuals. For more specific information on facility and program accessibility, you may write or call the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department, 212 River Drive, Suite 2, Wausau, WI 54403-5476, (715) 261-1550, TDD (715) 261-1453.

 Reservations

Make on-line reservations for:

  1. Camping
  2. Shelters
  3. Swim Lessons
  4. Tennis Lessons
 Contact Us

212 River Drive, Ste 2
Wausau WI 54403-5476

Phone:
715-261-1550

Fax:
715-261-1565

Email

 Rec Guide

Visit the Wausau Buyers Guide to view the Spring/Summer Recreation Guide.  Printed guides are available at the following locations:

  • Park Administrative Office, 212 River Drive, Suite 2
  • Marathon County Courthouse, 500 Forest Street
  • Marathon County Public Libarary, Wausau Branch
  • Wausau City Hall, 407 Grant Street
  • Wausau/Central Wisconsin Visitor Center, 219 Jefferson Street
 For More

Please visit our Information Site at Marathon County.

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