With terrific water resources and timeless charm, the Waupaca area draws visitors in all seasons. The Crystal River and famous Chain O’ Lakes, a string of 22 spring-fed, pristine lakes, offer an ideal setting for water activities of all sorts. Hartman Creek State Park, two segments of the Ice Age Trail, and the unique River Ridge Trail await the camper and hiker. Fantastic golf, great parks and beaches, ample shopping, and a variety of other diversions make every visit special.
Don't leave without tasting...
The broiled seafood selection from the famous Simpson’s Restaurant, in its third generation of ownership in Waupaca’s Downtown, known for its traditional supper club atmosphere and the best Old Fashioneds in town. If you’re stopping by for lunch, order the cheeseburger, once rated by the Washington Post as one of the best in the country!
Mark these events on your calendar.
- Wintervergnügen Pond Hockey Classic and Winter Festival
- Strawberry Fest
- Iola Old Car Show
- Arts on the Square
- Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival
Your child will always remember...
They’ll never forget a trip down the Crystal River with the famous Ding’s Dock Canoe Trips followed by pizza on the front ship deck at The Wheel House Restaurant and ice cream at Scoopers. It’s a tradition shared by generations of families visiting the Waupaca area.
Must see attractions...
A trip aboard the Chief Waupaca is a must for all visitors. The authentic double decker sternwheeler will take you on a 1 ½ hour narrated tour of Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes. The Chief Waupaca will take you through eight crystal clear lakes while passing landmarks such as Ester Williams Island and the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.
Where the locals go...
Set in the heart of Wisconsin amidst vast lakes, sparkling rivers and gorgeous scenery, the 1868 field stone structure that houses T-Dubs Public House provides a favorite gathering space for locals and visitors alike. The history and intimacy provides an atmosphere of warmth, conversation and good cheer. Enjoy the charm of a small-town pub, with the style and culinary flare of big city dining.