Nekoosa, WI 54457 is located in the Port Edwards Township of Wood County on State Highway 73 between Wisconsin Rapids and Lake Petenwell. Nekoosa has lots of frontage on the Wisconsin River not too far from Wood County’s ATV Area. It’s a city with about 2,600+ people and has a post office, shopping, Bars & Grills, church, restaurants, shops, riverside park, and a fire station, but more of the larger shopping and health care is found in Rapids. Petenwell Flowage is just south, which is Wisconsin’s 2nd largest inland body of water and attracts fishermen for its fine fishing. The area has thousands of acres open to the public for hunting, hiking, bird watching, outdoor photography, foraging for berry & mushrooms.
Nekoosa comes from “Nakrusa” which derives from the Ho-Chunk dialect meaning “Running Water” due to the sound of the Wisconsin River. The town is now known for its Timber Industry with the paper mill located here. Recently Nekoosa has also become well known for its GIANT Pumpkin Festival which has an annual attendance of ??? with some of the pumpkin weigh-ins over 1600lbs. The festival is held along the Wisconsin River on the Riverside Park; a scenic park of the City. Just a little bit to the north along the river is Port Edwards and Wisconsin Rapids.
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Nekoosa Quick Facts
- Wood County
- Port Edwards Township
- General Size of Village – about 2600+ residents
- Area Lakes – Nepco Lake, Lake Petenwell, Ross Lake
- Area Creeks and Rivers - Many streams, Drainage Ditches and the Wisconsin River.
- Area Terrain – This area has cranberry farms because of wetlands with plenty of drainage ditches.
- Area Code - 715
- Zip Code - 54457
- Access - State Highway 73 & 173
- School District – Nekoosa
- Classified as a City
- History – Founded in 1907 by ??? - http://nekoosawi.com/?page_id=116
- Wisconsin Rapids
- Port Edwards
- New Rome
- New Miner
- Wisconsin River
- Lake Petenwell
- Ross Lake
- Sevenmile Creek
- Tenmile Creek
- Tri-Lakes: Lake Arrowhead, Camelot Lake & Sherwood Lake
- Ripple Creek
- Moccasin Creek
- Nepco Lake (NEPCO – Neekoosa Edwards Paper Company)
- Nepco Lake County
- Wood County ATV Area
- Riverside Park
- Ripple Creek Park
- Edwards Alexander Memorial Park
- Hanson Park
- Grand Rapids Lions Park
- Sandhill State Wildlife Area
- Leola Marsh State Wildlife Area
- Central Wisconsin Grasslands Conservation Area
- Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Wisconsin is home to the 430 mile long Wisconsin River. The river is known for its amazing historical background. Many years ago before it turned into the river, it was used throughout the state as a road for transportation from one location to another. The river begins at the Northeast corner of the state and ends at the Mississippi River. When fishing in the river you get the best of both worlds. Not only do you get to bask in the glory of prime Wisconsin fish, but you get to enjoy the freshness of the Mississippi creatures. The Wisconsin River flows through Adams County into Wisconsin Dells which is filled with fun attractions and historical landmarks. An interesting fact is that around 14,000 years ago, the ice that formed Lake Wisconsin melted away causing overflow which cut a portion of the Wisconsin River out which in turn created the Wisconsin Dells.
Lake Petenwell is Wisconsin’s second largest body of water. It is 23,000+ Acres and was created by Wisconsin River Power Company in the 1940s by building a Hydroelectric Dam on the Wisconsin River. Lake Petenwell is also known as the Petenwell Flowage. It has plenty of very valuable waterfront real estate around Petenwell County Park, which is one of Central Wisconsin’s most popular parks. Just south of the Petenwell Dam, is Castle Rock Lake. That is Wisconsin’s 4th largest inland body of water. These two lakes along with the Wisconsin River separate Adams County from Juneau County. Lake Petenwell is one of Central Wisconsin’s biggest attractions today along with Wisconsin Dells that is located only about 30 minutes directly to the south.
Many years ago glaciers were beginning to form The Central Wisconsin Swamp that later became what is now a natural refuge that is home to many varieties of plants and animals. This area of Wisconsin has a history that is rich in Native American culture. In 1939, President Roosevelt declared 43,000 acres of land in Wisconsin as the Necedah Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. Part of this area is now the Necedah Wildlife Refuge. It is a popular branch in the National Wildlife Refuge System that contains over 500 refuges consisting of a whopping 92 million acres! If you are to get the chance to visit this amazing landmark, the best time to view the different wildlife is either during early morning and/or evening.
Lake Arrowhead is located in Rome Township of Adams County, Central Wisconsin it's also known as Manchester Lake (according to the official Wisconsin Lake Book by WI Department of Natural Resource) It is the second largest of the Tri-lakes with about 350 acres of water and a max depth of 30 ft. The Tri-lakes are all heavily subdivided and have covenants and some areas have association fees Lake Arrowhead is probably best known for it’s golf course, county park and Shermalot Water Ski Show. The Lake Arrowhead Golf Course consists of 2 courses; the original, “The Pines Course” & “The Lake Course” which has more water hazards. Both of these golf courses are 18 holes and have been recognized by Golf Digest as 2 of the better courses in the country including a 4.5 star rating on The Pines Course.
Lake Camelot is located in Rome Township of Adams County, Central Wisconsin and is the largest of the Tri-lakes with a sand bottom, about 445 acres of water, a max depth of 24 ft. and an average depth of 9 ft. Fourteen Mile Creek flows into the lake on the east end, continuous to where Lake Camelot & Lake Sherwood meet on the west end where the dam is located then turn back into the creek and into Lake Arrowhead a short distance down. Spend a day at Lake Camelot County Park located on the south end near the middle of the lake.
Lake Sherwood is located in Rome Township of Adams County, Central Wisconsin also known as Deer Lodge Lake because the Tri-Lakes Deer Lodge. Sherwood is the smallest of the Tri-lakes with about 246 acres of water and a max depth of 27 ft. and an average depth of 10 ft. It's fed by Spring Brook which flows into the lake from the northeast. You would think that Lake Sherwood would be the home of Shermalot Waterski show but that is on Lake Arrowhead.
http://nekoosawi.com – City of Nekoosa Website
http://www.nekoosasd.net - School District of Nekoosa
http://www.historicpointbasse.com – Area Website
http://nekoosagiantpumpkinfest.com – Annual Giant Pumpkin Fest!
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