At the heart of the Wisconsin River Valley is Stevens Point, a riverside city that blends industry, academia, historic sites and natural beauty. The University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point campus includes the Schmeeckle Reserve, 280 acres of solitude and a great place for walking, jogging, biking, fishing and wildlife watching. The reserve’s nature center houses exhibits and dioramas as well as the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. The Reserve is a trailhead for the Green Circle State Trail, 30.5 miles of hiking and biking around the city, including the Stevens Point Sculpture Park.
Downtown, more than sixty buildings comprise the Mathias Mitchell Public Square-Main Street Historic District, a delightful walking tour. The city is the home of Sentry Insurance, owner of the SentryWorld Sports Center, a world-class golf course and racquet-sports facility open to the public. Founded in 1857, the Stevens Point Brewery is a must-stop for a tour and tasting.
Don't leave without tasting…
The products available at the Stevens Point Farmers Market or the indoor year-round Market on Strongs. Grab a seat and enjoy the local craft brews, all with a distinct style from one of four breweries in the region. If you’d rather follow your fork try the homemade pie at Cozy Kitchen or share a plate at Father Fat’s Public House.
Top photo opportunities are…
- The Sand County Bench by Jacob Brault in the Stevens Point Sculpture Park.
- The colorful K.A.S.H. Playground.
- Next to the large cone at Belts Soft Serve.
- Say cheese with Nicholas C. Point on the side of the Stevens Point Brewery.
- Exploring the trails: hiking along the Green Circle Trail, mountain biking in Standing Rocks County Park and snowshoeing the George Mead Wildlife Area.
Mark these events on your calendar...
- Energy Fair: The nation’s largest and longest running energy fair held the third weekend in June.
- Hidden Studios Art Along the Ice Age Trail: Explore working artists’ studios tucked along the rolling countryside, held each fall.
- Riverfront Jazz Festival: A celebration of jazz held over Labor Day weekend along the Wisconsin River.
- World's Largest Trivia Contest: Contests for $800, Alex? What is the World’s Largest Trivia Contest hosted each April, by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Nearly 500 teams worldwide compete in the 54-hour event.
- Central Wisconsin Prairie Chicken Festival: A celebration for grassland conservation and birders, held each April.
Explore your adventurous side...
If you are looking for a little adventure, explore the George Mead Wildlife Area. The third largest state natural area with more than 33,000-acres, offers 70 miles of hiking trails. If mountain biking is more your speed, the 524-acre Standing Rocks County Park has an unparalleled mountain biking course. More than 800 campsites are available in the area for those interested in roughing it. For those looking for a little more luxury, try one of the area’s cabins, available for rent.
Want to travel green?
Stay at the Artha Sustainable Living Center, a rustic B&B near Amherst. Explore the local food movement by touring the Greenhouse, and then stop by the Stevens Point Area Co-op, where you’ll find Earthcrust Bakery which uses solar power and local food products. Grab a cup of fairtrade coffee from Emy J’s and don’t miss Central Waters Brewing Tap Room Wisconsin’s first green-powered brewery.
Fishing? You’ll catch the big one if you...
Venture out on one of the many waterways in the Stevens Point Area. Drop in a line and explore the 6,830-acre Lake DuBay and the backwaters and sloughs, a hotbed for walleyes, northern pike, muskies and bass. Navigate the backwaters and sloughs, trout streams and smaller lakes for more variety. No Boat? No problem. Shoreline fishing is abundant. Try Jordan Pond, Lake Emily and Sunset Lake to start. If you want to fish with a boat, boat rentals are available.