The city of Portage marks an ancient overland portage that was a strategic link between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers. In 1828, Fort Winnebago was built to protect the site. Thirty years later, a two mile canal was hand dug joining the two rivers. Today, visitors can tour a restored section of the canal. Tours of the Surgeon’s Quarters and the Indian Agency House, all that’s left of old Fort Winnebago, is also offered. The local museum honors the city’s most famous daughter, Pulitzer prize-winning author Zona Gale.

Explore Portage

Downtown Walking Tour 6/01/2019 Portage - 0.84 miles away
Tour the Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm, a National Historic Landmark 5/25/2019 - 10/26/2019 Baraboo - 8.79 miles away
Southern Wisconsin ATHS Truck Expo & Show 5/31/2019 - 6/01/2019 Baraboo - 14.1 miles away
Military Service Day 5/25/2019 Baraboo - 14.68 miles away
Made in America– A Tribute to Toby Keith – Paul Wenzel 5/25/2019 - 5/26/2019 Wisconsin Dells - 16.16 miles away
Dragon Art Fair 6/01/2019 DeForest - 21.9 miles away
Harrisville Tractor Pull 5/26/2019 Westfield - 22.75 miles away
June Tunes 6/04/2019 - 6/25/2019 Sauk City - 23.57 miles away

Average Weather

From soaking up the summer sun to hitting the trails after a fresh snowfall, Wisconsin has no shortage of activities for every season. Here's an idea of what the weather in this area is like to help get your planning started!


High 80° F
Low 61° F


High 29° F
Low 13° F


High 58° F
Low 39° F


High 56° F
Low 35° F

Portage Area Chamber of Commerce