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WELCOME TO

Portage

Artist Kelly Meredith painted this mural, located on the east side of Wilz Drug, that depicts the early people of Portage.

The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce proudly welcomes you to Historic Portage: a wonderful tourist destination, a great place to raise your family and the right location to grow your business. Our significant historical heritage, small-town charm and seasonal recreational opportunities create a desirable setting in which to live, work and play. Just recently ranking as one of the best places in the entire U.S. for first time homebuyers1 and in the top third of locations to start a business in Wisconsin,2 Portage is the ideal destination for you. As the county seat for Columbia County, Portage possesses a wealth of outdoor recreational resources, great neighborhoods, reliable industries, excellent healthcare facilities and educational opportunities. With a population just over 10,000 and a regional population exceeding 55,000, Portage has a vibrant downtown, lively arts center and many museums providing living lessons in history. Home to two Pulitzer Prize winners, historian Frederick Jackson Turner and novelist Zona Gale, Portage builds on their legacy by supporting and promoting the arts. Portage Center for the Arts (PCA), with its Drury Gallery and Zona Gale Theatre, showcases local artists’ works and offers stellar performing arts programming throughout the year. Along with the PCA in the downtown, visitors can revel in the district’s renaissance with the addition of new Columbia County administration offices along the canal, upscale billiards hall, coffee house, artisan food market, wine and chocolate shop and a number of specialty shops and diners.

PORTAGE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 104 West Cook St., Ste. A Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6242 800-474-2525 pacc@portagewi.com

Tourists will enjoy vast historical experiences at the Historic Indian Agency House, Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters, Museum at the Portage, American Legion State Headquarters & Museum, Women’s Civic League, World War II History Museum and refurbished section of the Portage Canal. Outdoor enthusiasts will take pleasure in the recreation provided by the Wisconsin and Fox Rivers and Cascade Mountain. Whether you are interested in visiting our community or you are looking to relocate and make Portage your home, please explore and discover all that we have to offer. https://lendedu.com/blog/best-cities-first-time-homebuyers/ https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/small-business/places-start-business-wisconsin

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MAYOR’S Letter Welcome! I would like to welcome you to Portage, the third-oldest settlement in Wisconsin. Portage has a rich history and offers every recreational opportunity you can imagine. The Wauona Trail is just one of the historical places to visit and walk. We welcome you to become part of history and follow in the footsteps of Native Americans and settlers. At one end is the Indian Agency House/ Fox River and the other is the Wisconsin River. The trail was used for transporting goods between the south-flowing Wisconsin and the north-flowing Fox. This is how Portage later got its name from the French that traded and settled in this area. Your visit would not be complete without a stop at Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters. This is last remaining part of Fort Winnebago, established in 1828. For a condensed version of the history of Portage, visit the Museum at the Portage. When you are finished exploring Portage, visit some of the best recreational areas in the state. From biking to golf and skateboarding to swimming, there is something for everyone to do. Swimming at Silver Lake Beach will be an experience not soon forgotten. It is a spring-fed lake that also has some of the best fishing around. Portage also has 15 beautiful city parks that you can enjoy. Goodyear Park is home to the Splash Pad and skateboard facility. You may also want to play a round of disc golf at Collipp-Worden. All the parks offer you a great place for a picnic. Portage also has an excellent healthcare campus. Tivoli at Divine Savior Healthcare, an extended care facility, and LaVita Wellness Center, a state-of-the-art physical therapy and exercise facility. Portage is also home to some of the best educational facilities in the state, from the public and private schools to the Madison College campus, including its advanced manufacturing facility at the Portage Enterprise Center. Whatever you would like to do, you will find it in Portage. Thank you for visiting and we hope you enjoy your stay in our lovely city. We hope to see you again. Rick Dodd, Mayor

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CONTENTS

Last June, Seth Dudgeon stopped in Portage to replenish his supplies and pose for this photo at Riverside Park before continuing his journey along the Wisconsin River from northern Wisconsin to Prairie du Chien.

4 | Welcome to Portage

16 | Area Parks

28 | Shopping and Dining

5 | Mayor’s Letter

18 | Area Lakes and Fishing

29 | Restaurant Listings

8 | Chamber Involvement

19 | Area Campgrounds

30 | Education

10 | History of Portage

20 | Calendar of Events

32 | Business Development

11 | Location and Transportation

22 | Entertainment

34 | Healthcare

12 | Residential Living

23 | Tourism

36 | Government

13 | Area Hotels

24 | Area Map

38 | Worship

14 | Parks and Recreation

26 | Points of Interest

39 | Member Directory

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PORTAGE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 104 West Cook St., Ste. A Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6242 or 800-474-2525 pacc@portagewi.com portagewi.com COVER PHOTOGRAPH On the cover: Where there is smoke, there is…dinner! An early pioneer reenactor makes his way toward the fire heating brats during Portage Canal Days. Photograph provided by Portage Area Chamber of Commerce. PUBLISHER Towns & Associates, Inc. 126 Water St. Baraboo, WI 53913 (p) 608-356-8757 (f) 608-356-8875 info@townsandassociates.com townsandassociates.com GENERAL MANAGER Amy S. Johnson PUBLICATION DESIGNER Jennifer Denman SALES COORDINATOR Jacklyn Ewerdt SENIOR COPY EDITOR Kyle Jacobson COPY EDITOR Krystle Naab ADDITIONAL STAFF Jennifer Baird, Sandra Carlson, Lori Czajka, Crea Stellmacher, Linda Walker, Barbara Wilson ©2018 Portage Chamber of Commerce Any reproduction or reprint of this guide, or portion thereof, without written permission from Portage Area Chamber of Commerce is prohibited. Information subject to change without notification. Please call published telephone numbers to confirm details.

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Launch Portage—Young Professionals event at VFW.

CHAMBER Involvement The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of the business community providing leadership for building a healthy economy and a high quality of life in our area. Consisting of businesses, organizations and individuals working as one voice, the Chamber solves critical issues and partners in economic development with a goal to expand existing businesses while attracting new businesses. We continually strive to complement the assets Portage possesses to make the city

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even better: having worked with the local service clubs to complete a Splash Pad at Goodyear Park, we’re currently collaborating to build a pavilion and amenities at Pauquette Park; taking advantage of the beautiful countryside, we helped bring a system of scenic bike routes to cycling enthusiasts; with a charming downtown district, we developed the Wine Walk to bring customers to those businesses; with many local industries expanding and creating great opportunities for employment, we jointly organized a Career Fair for high school students, making

them aware of their future local employment opportunities; and with young, professional talent emerging in many work places, last spring we started a Young Professionals group, Launch Portage, to Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch at Chamber Awards Banquet.


build leadership skills, networking and socializing to create a culture of community involvement through the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce. We promote our Chamber members by touting their products and services while helping members obtain valuable leads through networking opportunities during Open Houses and Business Luncheon meetings. We showcase community pride through our events, such as Concert in the Park, featuring the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; the Taste of Portage; and many holiday events. We provide resources and information, such as this guide, to our tourists and potential residents. We have a great group of businesses and individuals who generously give of their time and talents to help support our goals. We are committed to the success and growth of the community with the help of leaders who work in collaboration to provide the best for all involved. For more information, contact us at: Portage Area Chamber of Commerce 800-474-2525.

The Chamber welcomed Dr. Brian Hart to Hart & Olson Family Dentistry with a ribbon cutting.

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HISTORY OF

Portage

The historical distinction of Portage lies in its unique geographical location, between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers. Here, the two rivers, one flowing north to the St. Lawrence, the other south to the Mississippi, are separated by a narrow neck of land over which, for two centuries, Indians, missionaries, trappers, traders, adventurers and settlers traveling the waterway had to portage their canoes and heavy packs from one stream to another. The settlement, which grew here because of the resulting traffic, was first known as “Wau-wau-onah,” Winnebago for “carry on the shoulder.” During the French occupation, it was simply “le portage” (from porter: to carry) and was eventually anglicized to Portage. So far as we know, the first white men to visit Portage were the explorers Fr. Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet, who portaged here on June 14, 1673, en route to exploring and mapping the upper Mississippi. The two men were

Local reenactors on site at Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters.

followed by a slew of others, including Lauant Barth, who arrived in 1792 and built a trading post carrying on the first transport activity. He was the original permanent settler.

their lead mine regions and the exorbitant tolls levied on transport goods resulted in the establishment of Fort Winnebago in 1828 to ensure peace and fair business practices.

With the American occupation of the Northwest Territory, the government began to protect its interests by building a string of forts along the now famous Fox-Wisconsin water route. Indian resentment over invasion of

With the end of the Blackhawk War, European immigration brought to Wisconsin a flood of settlers eager for cheap land. The portage point continued in importance for trade and transportation, and Portage itself grew rapidly as a thriving farm community. The lumber industry brought a tide of hardy woodsmen and rivermen to Portage during its heyday. Agriculture and industry soon took over the lumbering days.

The Museum at the Portage has permanent and temporary exhibits featuring local historical artifacts on display, such as this one with bottles and memorabilia representing the Eulberg Brewing Company.

Today, the city is a progressive community treasuring the story of its past, and is eager and willing to share it with visitors and guests. While visiting Portage, you will find that many of our historic sites have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. A self-guided tour of downtown Portage, which includes a map and building description, is available at the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce office. Guided downtown walking tours are scheduled during the summer tourist season. Call the Portage Chamber at 608-742-6242 for specific dates and times. Portions of article by Ina Curtis, Author and Historian. 10 | portagewi.com


Location AND Transportation Gathered at the Portage depot, bundled masses eagerly await the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train, which makes stops at its rail communities with a musical artist along for the ride to raise cash and money for food pantries across North America.

Portage is conveniently located 35 minutes from Madison, 90 minutes from Milwaukee, 3 hours from Chicago and 4 hours from the Twin Cities. Interstate 90/94 and Interstate 39 intersect just three miles south of Portage. Travelers from Milwaukee, Chicago and Rockford can continue west on I-90/94 to the Twin Cities or head north along I-39 to Stevens Point and Wausau. State Highways 16 and 51 intersect State Highway 33 in our downtown.

tion for seniors who are over 60 years of age, as well as the disabled, for a nominal charge. More unique forms of travel are available to visitors as well. A small depot located in Portage serves rail passengers on Amtrak’s popular cross-country Em-

pire Builder Route, while the Canadian Pacific Rail mainline carries rail freight service through Portage. The Portage Municipal Airport is a public-use facility featuring two asphalt runways. The Dane County Regional Airport, located just 35 minutes from Portage, provides commercial air service.

Portage has various transportation options for commuters. The Portage Cab Company runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and ComfortCare Transportation provides safe, comfortable, nonemergency medical transport 24 hours a day. Van Pool exists for commuters to Madison and the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Columbia County provides transportaportagewi.com | 11


RESIDENTIAL Living

Portage offers an affordable and diverse range of residential options for all home buyers. Newer homes situated along tree-lined streets in well-maintained subdivisions mix well with the stately historic homes nestled within the Society Hill Historic District of Portage. Many of those homes in that district are constructed with yellow Portage brick which was manufactured in the local brickyards during the 19th century. Spacious neighborhood developments and golf course communities lie just outside of town on Swan Lake and the headwaters of the Fox River. This is an excellent place to live and work or to enjoy retirement in a naturalistic environment, filled with a beautiful landscape and wildlife, encompassing a golf course and the community.

New development on the northeast side of Portage.

The Portage area is a community that values its senior population, offering several options for independent and assisted living. In addition to providing home care to area seniors, Portage also offers quality senior living residences that enable residents to maintain relationships and stay active in their community without the challenges or responsibilities of home ownership. The quality of life found in Portage attracts new residents from all stages in life — from first-time home buyers and growing families to empty nesters and retirees. Residents benefit from an outstanding school system, great healthcare providers, year-round recreational opportunities and fine cultural experiences. The community benefits from the Portage Sharing Supper, which brings together friends and neighbors of all backgrounds for good food and good conversation with a free meal on the last Monday of the month. Also enhancing the quality of life for our residents in Portage are two new foundations to assist community needs and projects, Positively Portage (608-745-9316) and the Portage Area Community Foundation (608-742-3172). The people behind these organizations are dedicated to giving back and care deeply about our city and its residents.

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Portage Peddlers marked 25 years in 2017.

Parks AND Recreation The Portage Parks and Recreation Department does an outstanding job of maintaining the beautification of our city parks. The department also provides year-round activities an entire family can enjoy, including fitness classes, softball, baseball, martial arts, disc golf, soccer, tennis and a dog park. Fifteen city parks offer athletic fields and courts, spaces for picnicking and grilling, playground equipment, boat landings, nature walking and plenty of open play areas.

dy beach with wading, swimming and diving fun.

Having fun on the water is a favorite year-round pastime for residents and visitors. Boaters hit the waters of the Wisconsin River and swimmers enjoy a day at Silver Lake Beach, a wide, san-

Golfers will find all the challenge they need at various courses in the Portage area. You can try your skill at the 18hole course at Portage Country Club along beautiful Swan Lake, the adjacent

An indoor pool located at Rusch Elementary School, 117 West Franklin St., and a nearby outdoor Splash Pad at the Gary O’Hearn Recreation Complex at Goodyear Park keep youngsters cool. The Portage Family Skate Park was recently added to the complex with more phases of skate park construction planned in the future.

“Sweeping” the ice at the Portage Curling Club.

9-hole Saddle Ridge Golf Course or at the nearby 18-hole Coldwater Canyon Golf Course at Chula Vista. These courses provide golf enthusiasts with hours of recreation. For those who would rather have a ball by rolling one, J & J Fireball Lanes, 817 East Wisconsin St., is the place to go for some seriously fun pin action.

Portage Country Club.

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The Ice Age Trail is one of eight congressionally designated National Scenic Trails located throughout the U.S. The trail meanders through 31 Wisconsin counties along the terminal moraine left by a glacier over 10,000 years ago. The Heritage Trail Chapter in Columbia County maintains more than 12 miles of


trails, boasts 21 hand-built bridges and showcases the intersections of prairie, wetlands and waterways. When winter arrives, skiers and boarders in Portage are lucky to have the highly rated Cascade Mountain nearby. The recently completed $9 million first phase of an expansion project adds two new lifts, eight new trails, additional snowmaking, an expanded main lodge, paved parking and several base area improvements. Some of Cascade’s trails are steep and challenging to any skier, while others are more than a mile long and fun for beginners. Kids 12 and under ski free when accompanied by a paid adult. Ice skating is enjoyed on Bridal Pond in Pauquette Park. Snowshoe rentals are available for the snowshoeing trails at the site of the Historic Indian Agency House. For those who crave horsepower to get over snow, snowmobile trails run alongside Portage, connecting with other trails throughout Columbia County and Wisconsin. Snowmobile maps are available at the Chamber office. One has not really experienced winter in Portage until they try the Scottish game of curling at the Portage Curling Club. Played on a level sheet of ice, the goal is to “throw the stone” closest to center of the “house target” on the opposite end of the rink. As a stone travels down the ice, teammates sweep the ice, guiding the stone to a desired position, strategically moving or blocking opponents’ stones as necessary.

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AREA Parks Blue Star Park

(100 West Slifer St.) – 2.3-acre wayside park located on State Highway 51 and Slifer Street. Home of the Portage Veterans Memorial, Killed in Action Memorial and hosts the City of Portage annual Memorial Day Celebration. Gazebo, shelter and picnic tables are all located on this park.

Bluffview Park

(Parkview Court) – This open space is located on the western edge of the City and is bordered by Interstate 39. Access to this open space is on Parkview Court.

Cattail Park

(510 West Burns St.) – 1-acre park located at Burns and Armstrong Streets. This park is adjacent to St. John’s School and contains spring rider playground equipment, green space and a small picnic shelter.

Collipp-Worden Park

(210 West Slifer St.) – 16.5-acre park located on Slifer Street, two blocks west of State Highway 51. This park is home to two shelters, flush-toilet restrooms, three basketball courts, two tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, two horseshoe pits, a softball diamond backstop and green space, a large playground with various age-group equipment, electricity, water, charcoal park grills and more! This park is also home to the City of Portage disc golf course and has off-street parking. In 2017, Fairway Independent Mortgage Company, the Nancy Lieberman Foundation and the Portage Boys Hoops Club joined forces to install one new sport court basketball court and two new colored asphalt basketball courts.

Commerce Plaza

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Pauquette Park gazebo.

downtown, this area is truly a beautiful natural area in a busy downtown.

Goodyear Park

(920 DeWitt St.) – 2.7-acre park located between DeWitt Street and MacFarlane Road. This park features the Gary O’Hearn Recreational Complex, which includes the Portage Family Skate Park and the Portage Splash Pad, a free public amenity operational from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This park is also home to a new restroom and shelter facility, a small picnic shelter, playground equipment, swing, picnic tables, water, electricity and a large green space area. Contains two monuments which honor those who served our country.

Gunderson Park

(574 Meadowlark Ln.) – 11.5-acre park located at the corner of Hamilton Street and Meadowlark Lane. This park is home to a set of playground equipment and a gravel recreation trail that begins at the park entrance on Hamilton Street and runs through the entire park, across Portage Community School District property and ends by Divine Savior.

Lincoln Park

(404 East Carroll St.) – 1-acre park located on the corner of Monroe and

Howard Streets. Lincoln Park is home to a picnic shelter, basketball court, playground equipment and is home of the Portage Food Pantry.

Northridge

(Henry Dr.) – This property is located on Henry Drive adjacent to the Portage Municipal Airport. The land is dedicated parkland but currently hosts the City brush site.

Pauquette Park

(900 West Conant St.) – 8.8-acre park located at the west entrance of the City along West Conant Street and State Highway 33. This park is named after Pierre Pauquette, a famous fur trader and translator for the French and Indians. The park contains two shelters, flush toilet restrooms, electricity, water, basketball court, gazebo, playground equipment, flower garden, walking path and Bridal Pond. Many weddings and celebrations are held within this park, including the annual July 4th celebration. Snow is cleared each winter on Bridal Pond to allow for ice-skating activities.

Pine Meadow Park

(865 Hamilton St.) – 4.5-acre park located on the north half of Hamilton Street. This park contains a fenced tennis court, picnic shelter, softball backstop with green space field and a large


playground. This park is host to youth football activities in the fall.

Riverside Park

(300 East Wisconsin St.) – 2.1-acre wayside park on East Wisconsin Street next to the Wisconsin River Levee. This park is home to a historic shelter erected in 1924 which displays the slogan “Where the North Begins”. The park contains off-street parking and an entrance to the 2.8-mile asphalt Levee Trail used for walking and biking.

Rolling Meadows Country Estate 1

(Located adjacent to Hamilton St. and Meadowlark Ln.) – This open space contains a walking path that winds from Divine Savior, through school district property and connects to Hamilton Street. Gunderson Park is located adjacent to this open space.

Rolling Meadows Country Estate 2

This property is located on the northeastern part of the City and contains a vast amount of trees. No improvements have been made to this park property since it was dedicated to the City through development.

Sanborn Park

(922 West Franklin St.) – 1.3-acre park located on the corner of Sanborn and

Carroll Streets and is formerly the home of the second brickyard in Portage. The park contains a picnic shelter, play equipment, basketball court, softball backstop and green space.

Silver Lake Park and Beach

(522 Silver Lake Dr.) – 2.5-acre park located on Silver Lake Drive. This park contains flush toilet restrooms, large open-air shelter, playground equipment, public sand beach and swimming area, beach house with concessions and changing room, parking lot, boat launch and a fishing pier. The beach and swimming area is staffed with lifeguards from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is free to use.

Sunrise Park

(513 Hamilton St.) – 5-acre park located on South Hamilton Street and commonly referred to as “The Gully.” This park is home to a large sledding hill in winter and contains playground equipment and a large green space.

Sunset Park

(1217 West Pleasant St.) – 4.5-acre park located at Sunset and West Pleasant Streets. This park contains a shelter, flush-toilet restrooms, electricity and water, horseshoe pits, charcoal park grills, picnic tables, two swing sets and playground equipment. A gravel path winds through Sunset Park to a beau-

tiful view of the Wisconsin River from one of the highest points in Portage at the peak of the park.

Veterans Memorial Fields

(799 Thompson St.) – 41.9-acre park located between Superior Street and Wauona Trail. This park contains a flush toilet bathroom shelter and concession stand facility, playground equipment, t-ball fields, soccer fields, fairgrounds, grandstand and dirt race track. This park is host to the annual Columbia County Fair, numerous City-wide event celebrations and special events along with Portage High School varsity soccer, Portage Youth Soccer and Portage Youth Baseball organizations. The Bruce A. Smith Little League Complex and Fritz Port Dog Park are also located within this complex.

Woodridge Park

(424 Winnebago Ave.) – 4.5-acre park located on Winnebago Street in the Park Ridge subdivision. This park is home to a picnic shelter, playground equipment and a swing set.

To reserve a park for your event, call the Portage Parks & Recreation Department at 608-742-2178 or visit the website at: portage.recdesk.com. Online registrations available.

Handicap-accessible playground was installed at Pauquette Park last summer.

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Cascade Mountain, a popular destination for skiing, can be seen in the background in this summertime view of Swan Lake from the deck of The NorthShore restaurant.

Area Lakes AND Fishing Buffalo Lake

2,210-acres; 8-foot depth; panfish, bass and pike. West of State Highway 22, Montello.

Crystal Lake

27-acres; 12-foot depth; panfish, bass and pike. County Road P, east of Pardeeville, approximately 1.5 miles to Pardeeville Road. This lake has walkin access only, carry-in for canoes, kayaks, etc. No developed boat ramp.

Lake Columbia

A man-made lake heated by the Alliant Energy generating plant. This lake stays ice free and features yearround, open-water fishing; bass and catfish. State Highway 51 south to County Road V. Public access to Lake Columbia: enter from County Road V/J via the driveway and drive back to the parking area, to the launch area on the southeast side of the lake. There is no boat ramp, anglers are limited to boats they can carry down to the

water, and only electric trolling motors are allowed (the motor rules are posted on a sign on the chain-link fence next to the parking area). Fish from shore as well.

Lake George

36-acres; 22-foot depth; panfish, bass and pike. County Road P, between Portage and Pardeeville.

Lake Mason

885-acres; 9-foot depth; panfish, bass and pike. State Highway 127 to County Road AA in Briggsville, 12 miles from Portage.

Lake Wisconsin

9,000-acres; 39-foot depth; panfish, bass, pike, walleye, sauger, muskie and sturgeon. Interstate 90/94 to County Road CS, exit at Poynette.

Park Lake

312-acres; 27-foot depth; panfish, bass, pike and walleye. Between State

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Silver Lake

74-acres; 42-foot depth; panfish, bass, pike and muskie. Silver Lake Drive off of State Highway 16 or Haertel Street off State Highway 51 in Portage.

Spring Lake

24-acres; 32-foot depth; panfish, bass, pike and walleye. Just off State Highway 22 in Pardeeville.

Swan Lake

406-acres; 82-foot depth; panfish, bass, pike, walleye and muskie. Off either State Highway 33 or County Road P, between Portage and Pardeeville.

Wisconsin River

Approximately 35 miles long, from Wisconsin Dells to Lake Wisconsin; accessible from Portage. The river has many sandbars and low-water areas, so precaution is advised. Panfish, bass, pike, walleye, sauger, muskie, catfish and sturgeon. A public access boat landing is located at the corner of Conant and Summit Streets in Portage. There are two key access points to the river between Portage and the Dells: a public boat launch on the Wisconsin River at Pine Island (south bank) along Levee Road 6 miles west of State Highway 33, and a public boat launch on the Wisconsin River off of County Highway O on Fox Run Road, south of State Highway 16, 3 miles east of Wisconsin Dells.


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2018 CALENDAR OF Events MARCH

2-31 Artist Show at Portage Center for the Arts 17 Athas at Portage Center for the Arts 22-24 Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail 24 Portage Lions Club Radio Auction 31 Portage Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

APRIL

6-30 Artist Show at Portage Center for the Arts 14 Sara & Kenny at Portage Center for the Arts 27 Portage Wine Walk

MAY

4-31 Artist Show at Portage Center for the Arts 5 Kentucky Derby Party at Saddle Ridge 6 Gale Singers Spring Concert 18-20 St. Mary’s Best Fest 19 Bicentennial Anniversary Year of Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters 19 Opening Day Celebration at Indian Agency House 28 Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort Winnebago Cemetery

JUNE

1-30 Art That Blooms Exhibit at Portage Center for the Arts 1-3 Canal Days 2 Divine Savior Healthcare Run/Walk & Kite Fly 3 Elks Kids Fisheree 7-9 City-wide Garage Sales 10 Elks Lodge Flag Day Ceremony 13 Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing 14 Flag Day event at Saddle Ridge 16 Flag Day and Quilt Documentation & Appraisal at Indian Agency House 16 Flag Day Celebration at Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters 22 American Cancer Society Relay for Life 23 Children’s Theatre Performance at Portage Center for the Arts 23 Pink Ribbon Angels Golf Outing at Saddle Ridge 24 Medicine in WI Territory at Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters 30 Concert in the Park Fireworks Celebration

JULY

1-28 Art That Blooms Exhibit at Portage Center for the Arts 11 Indian Agency House Summer Speaker Series 14 Quilt Workshop at Indian Agency House 14 Youth Theatre Performance at Portage Center for the Arts 18 Indian Agency House Summer Speaker Series 20-21 Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters Bicentennial Celebration 21 Portage Elks Golf Tournament 25 Indian Agency House Summer Speaker Series 25-29 Columbia County Fair

AUGUST

4 Ice Cream & Pie Social at Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters 11 Kiwanis Ride 2 Read Bike Fundraiser 18 Agency House Book Signing and Author Talk 18 Friendship Village Celebrates Zona Gale 18 Pie & Ice Cream Social at Women’s Civic League 24-25 Taste of Portage Market Fair 25 Silver Lake Triathlon

SEPTEMBER

15 Living History Reenactment at Indian Agency House 15 Touched Twice Columbia County 22 Garlic Fest at Indian Agency House

OCTOBER

12 Fine Vine Wine Walk 13 Closing Event at Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters 13 Quilt Program at Indian Agency House 27 Girl Scouts Birthday Celebration at Indian Agency House 27 Halloween at the Portage Theatres 31 Trick or Treating

NOVEMBER

10 Harvest Dinner at Portage Presbyterian Church 22 Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Mary Church

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23 Chili Dump at Holiday Parade by Portage Presbyterian Church 23 Holiday Lighted Parade & Tree Lighting 23 Santa Fly-in at the Portage Airport 23-24 Free Kids Movie at Portage Theatres 24 Santa’s Real Live Reindeer

DECEMBER

1 Cookie Walk 1 Holiday House at the Portage Presbyterian Church 2 Gale Singers Holiday Concert 6 Lovelight Celebration at Tivoli 8 Breakfast with Santa at Culver’s 8 Historic Living Windows 8 Kiddie Christmas & Wreath Workshop at Indian Agency House 24 Santa at Elks Lodge 25 Christmas Day Dinner at Portage Presbyterian Church

ONGOING EVENTS Family Fun Event at Library First Saturday, March-April, October-December Concerts at the Portage Wednesday evenings, June-August Downtown Walking Tours First Saturday, June-August Bingo at Jack’s Tap Mondays Bingo at VFW First and third Sundays Meat Raffle at VFW Third Thursdays Farmer’s Market Thursday afternoons, May-October Spirit of the Agency House Evening Tours Second Fridays, May-October and October 5 and 19 Quilting Exhibits at Indian Agency House May-October Portage Sharing Supper Last Monday of month Endeavor Sharing Supper Last Wednesday of month Brown Bag Lunches at Portage Center for the Arts Fourth Thursdays


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CONCERT IN THE PARK FESTIVAL FOODS FIREWORKS CELEBRATION June 30 Music by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra with fireworks sponsored by Festival Foods over the Wisconsin River.

TASTE OF PORTAGE MARKET FAIR August 24-25 Sample great food while strolling the downtown streets at the car and craft shows.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS November 23-December 25 Enjoy wonderful holiday traditions throughout the City of Portage.

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Entertainment Portage Center for the Arts (PCA) is dedicated to the cultural growth and enhancement of those living in Portage and the surrounding area by providing a community venue for the arts. The center hosts a variety of theatrical events and

art exhibits, including the Performing Arts Series, the Zona Gale Young People’s Theatre and the Gale Singers. Additionally, the Drury Gallery hosts free monthly art exhibits showcasing local and nationally recognized artists. PCA

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Portage Area Community Theatre production of Anything Goes. Photograph by Sheril Lannoye.

is currently undergoing a capital campaign to raise funds for building renovations to better connect the community and the arts. For more information, visit portagecenterforthearts.com. The Portage Area Community Theatre has been bringing live theatrical performances to our community since 1971. Theatrical projects take place at many times throughout the year, helping to enhance the quality of life of residents. This group is working to make sure that everyone is touched by the performing arts. They welcome both individuals and businesses as members and sponsors. Full details of membership, sponsor opportunities and forthcoming productions may be found by visiting pactwi.org. A recent addition to the local entertainment scene, the banquet facility at Northwoods of Wisconsin serves as a nice setting for dinner theatre productions. The Portage Community School District also supports the arts by offering theatrical and musical performances from its talented students. In addition, Portage Theatres, with all-new, comfortable recliners in two of its theatres, shows Hollywood blockbuster movies in Dolby Digital 3-D along with the area’s sharpest, brightest picture and best digital surround sound on seven screens. Enjoy a cold beverage in their lounge after the show.


Tourism Whether you are looking for a historic, educational experience or a familyfriendly event, there are many exciting things to do when visiting Portage. Fairs and festivals are a highlight in Portage, including a week of fun carnival games, exhibits and rides during the Columbia County Fair in July. The Chamber calendar includes the annual Concert in the Park, also in July, when the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra plays an outdoor concert at Pauquette Park followed by a fireworks display over the Wisconsin River, and the Taste of Portage celebration in August. Drawing thousands of visitors each year, the Taste of Portage features a sampling of delicious menu items from local restaurants, an arts and crafts show, live music and car show. Camping is a popular way to enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin landscapes in summer. Several high-quality campgrounds are available for those wishing to experience the great outdoors. Campers can

Downtown Portage is the place to be for the Taste of Portage, featuring great food, live music, craft show, car show and lots of kid’s activities.

spend their days boating, fishing, swimming in lakes or heated pools, walking along nature trails, enjoying the playgrounds, game rooms and, of course,

telling stories around a campfire while making s’mores. When winter takes hold, Cascade Mountain awaits, now with two new lifts and eight new trails. Recognized as the Midwest’s top-rated ski and snowboard destination, Cascade Mountain provides downhill fun for experts through beginners, and kids 12 and under ski for free with paid adult. Snowmobiling is another popular winter activity. The Portage area is linked to trails within Columbia County and throughout the state. Portage is home to the Winnebago Ridge Runners, a volunteer group ensuring the trails are groomed and ready for you each season.

The Columbia County Fair has been going on for more than 160 years and remains a popular summer destination in Portage.

During the holiday months, Portage Theatres offers a free kids’ movie day while the local airport welcomes Santa, arriving to make various appearances around town, including the lighting of the tree in Commerce Plaza following the holiday parade in downtown. Make plans to have breakfast with him or to have your picture taken with his reindeer. You can find a complete listing of community events at portagewi.com. portagewi.com | 23


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POINTS OF Interest Portage is a city steeped in history, and those looking to immerse themselves in Portage’s past will find plenty to do at these local attractions:

The American Legion State Headquarters & Museum

Downtown Retail District

Historic Indian Agency House

Amish Community

Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters

Museum at the Portage

The American Legion State Headquarters & Museum houses such historical relics as statues, uniforms, medals, photographs and documents from the history of Wisconsin’s American Legion as well as war-era memorabilia. 608-745-1090 • wilegion.org

Located to the northeast and east of Portage is a fairly large Amish community. The Amish are well known for their beautiful handmade quilts, baskets, furniture and many other items. Amish businesses in this region include bakeries, furniture and cabinetmaking shops, greenhouses, quilt shops and general stores.

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As a trade center for central Wisconsin, the Downtown Retail District thrived with activity as early as the 1860s. Many of the buildings are preserved in their original Victorian architecture, providing a colorful background for the busy retail area today.

The only remaining building of historic Fort Winnebago, the Surgeons Quarters was built in 1828 by the U.S. Army and is one of the oldest log houses in Wisconsin still standing on its original foundation. The log house is fully refurbished as a home of the army occupation days, with authentic artifacts from the fort. 608-742-2949 fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org

The Historic Indian Agency House, built in 1832, is one of Wisconsin’s earliest houses still in existence. It was constructed as a residence for John Kinzie, the Indian agent to the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), and his wife, Juliette Kinzie. After 100 years of varied use, the house was restored to its 1832 frontier grandeur and officially reopened in 1932. 608-742-6362 • agencyhouse.org

The William L. and Zona Gale Breese home was donated to the City of Portage in 1946 and housed the Portage Public Library until 1994. In 1996, the Museum at the Portage was established to showcase displays relevant to the history of the city. Within the Museum, visitors will find Zona Gale’s study preserved and a permanent collection of photographs and artifacts depicting historical events that occurred in the city. 608-742-6682 • portagemuseum.org


Society Hill

Portage Canal

The Portage Canal, a connector of the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers, was finished in 1876 and reached its peak for recreational boat traffic in 1908. The first of a four-phase canal refurbishing project was completed in 2007. portagecanal.org

Portage Curling Club

Society Hill, a residential district of 138 buildings, was home to the City’s early prominent citizens. Many of the buildings are made of yellow Portage brick and were constructed between 1870 and 1910. Society Hill contains the homes of two Pulitzer Prize winners: playwright and novelist Zona Gale and historian Jackson Turner.

The Portage Curling Club was established in 1850. The club operates a 4-sheet facility from late October until March each year. Leagues are offered for men, women and mixed rinks, as well as a junior curling program. 608-742-3237 • portagecurling.com

Zona Gale Home/ Women’s Civic League

Portage Center for the Arts

Portage Center for the Arts supports a fine tradition of culture in our community with theatrical performances, art displays and a performing arts series. 608-742-5655 portagecenterforthearts.com

Rock N Wool Winery

After the successful publication of her first novel in 1906, Zona Gale built a home for her parents on the bank of the Wisconsin River. Its classical Greek Revival exterior is in contrast to its rustic Craftsman interior. Gale’s 1920 bestselling novel, Miss Lulu Bett, won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1921, and her home was given to the Women’s Civic League in 1932. 608-742-7744 womenscivicleagueofportage.com

Located just south of Portage, Rock N Wool Winery is a true Wisconsin winery making wines with grapes that grow in Wisconsin. They are open all year with heated and air conditioned seating. 608-635-4339 • rocknwoolwinery.com

World War II History Museum

While you are in downtown Portage, be sure to stop at the World War II History Museum. Everyone is sure to find something that will appeal to them along the guided tour. Visitors will see many authentic, rare artifacts and learn about many facets of the war, including the sacrifices made by the greatest generation. 608-697-3690 portagewi.com | 27


Shopping AND Dining The Portage area is home to a wide variety of restaurants that are sure to please any appetite. You will find quaint cafes, bakeries, buzzing bar and grills, casual family restaurants, fine dining and fastfood diners all around. The menu selection is as varied, with restaurants serving up everything from American classics and rich home-style cooking to prime steaks, fresh seafood, flatbread pizzas, gourmet burgers, delicious hand-battered cheese curds, sub sandwiches and sweet treats. When it comes to shopping, you can find what you are looking for with a variety of local shops and national department stores. The historic downtown district serves as a charming backdrop for today’s shop-

Portage has many welcoming establishments that serve great food and refreshing cold beverages.

pers. At Commerce Plaza, handcrafted items, fresh flowers and plants, baked goods and homegrown produce is all ripe for picking at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday afternoon from May through October. The season is always right for catching up with a friend over a nice glass of wine at the latest addition to downtown, Neil’s Wine House. Shop for a necklace or create your own at Prairie Flower

Beads or sample a selection of specialty wines, chocolates and gifts at BonBon and Bordeaux. Portage Green Gift Certificates come in handy when you are selecting where to go and what to do. The certificates are available at the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce office and make a great gift. Purchase them in $5, $10 and $25 increments and use them just like cash, as they are redeemable at more than 50 Chamber member businesses. Call the Chamber office ahead of time and the staff will have them ready for pickup. For a list of Chamber member retailers and restaurants and participating Portage Green Gift Certificate businesses, visit us online at: portagewi.com. Sidewalk sales during Taste of Portage.

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LISTINGS

B&B Hitching Post

2503 West Wisconsin St. 608-742-8208 Family-style restaurant bar and grill

Cottonwood Bar & Grill

Neil’s Wine House

235 West Pleasant St. 608-617-8463 Diverse beer and wine selections, seasonal cocktails, delicious appetizers

312 DeWitt St. 608-742-5917 Daily drink & food specials. DJ Thursday–Sunday. Authentic gyros

Papa Murphy’s

Culver’s

Petro Travel Plaza-TA - Iron Skillet, Dairy Queen, Subway

2733 New Pinery Rd. 608-742-7982 Butterburgers, custard, quick service, made to order

Dino’s Restaurant

2900 New Pinery Rd. 608-742-4111 Breakfast, daily lunch/dinner and drink specials, full-service bar, banquet room

Douglas’ Big Dog Saloon

218 West Cook St. 608-742-3644 Enjoy friends, great food and good times in historic downtown Portage

Jack’s Tap

1207 Dunn St. 608-566-1666 Burgers, pizza, sliders, wings, drink specials

Johnny B’s at Saddle Ridge

100A Saddle Ridge 608-742-2181 Friday fish fry, Sunday breakfast, daily Happy Hour

Tamarack Pizza

412 East Wisconsin St. 608-742-6424 Tenderloin and fresh Angus beef burgers, bar and grill, carryout, cocktails and pizza

The Ball Room

2936 New Pinery Rd. 608-745-4200 Take and Bake Pizza

I-90/94 & WI 78 608-742-9094 Full menu, served 24 hours and buffet dining

Pizza Hut of Portage

401 East Wisconsin St. 608-742-8829 Carry out, delivery or dine in, new Wing Street menu, new Explore Flavor menu

Pizza Ranch

2905 New Pinery Rd. 608-566-1750 Buffet featuring chicken, pizza, salad bar, soup, dessert, pies and ice cream

Red Apple Family Restaurant 1152 East Wisconsin St. 608-745-9000 Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, full senior citizen menu, daily specials

112 East Cook St. 608-566-1454 Lunch and dinner. One of the Midwest’s premier billiards facilities

The NorthShore

W7245 Country Club Rd. (3 miles east of Portage) 608-742-3553 Friday fish fry, Saturday prime rib, steaks, pastas, sandwiches, outdoor seating

Suzy’s Steak & Seafood House 2711 County Rd. CX 608-742-8400 Top-quality steaks, fresh seafood, fine wines, and classic cocktails

Wilz Drug

140 East Cook St. 608-742-3545 Old-fashioned soda fountain offering delicious sandwiches and refreshing beverages

THE CULVER’S® BACON DELUXE ( Recipe No. 17)

Kentucky Fried Chicken

2990 New Pinery Rd. 608-742-2777 Featuring “Finger-Licking-Good” chicken, catered to any size group

TURTLE SUNDAE ( Recipe No. 8)

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Education Students and families in Portage will find an outstanding education system in place to foster lifelong learning. With public, private, alternative and higher education options all available, it is easy for each individual student to find the best education to suit their needs. The Family Resource Center provides excellent service to all families who have children ages up to five. Services include playgroups, field trips, workshops, home visiting, parenting classes, toy and resource lending library and more. Visit renewalunlimited.net for more information. The Portage Community School District provides a quality, diverse education to all students. A progressive curriculum that includes advanced classes, innovative technologies and

Woodridge Elementary students experienced the high school chemistry lab. Photograph courtesy of Portage Schools.

class schedules specific to each student’s abilities is complemented by a wide variety of extracurricular offerings and activities. The district includes a 4-year-old kindergarten program, five elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one alternative high school. The district benefits from the support of active parent-teacher organizations along with community and business partners who, together with staff and board of education members, are committed to the success of every student. Two elementary-level parochial schools are a great way for parents to ensure that

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their students receive faith-based education along with their traditional education. St. Mary’s Catholic School and St. John’s Lutheran Church & Schools are K–8 schools that not only offer outstanding classes within the core curriculum but also focus on spiritual education with an emphasis in family involvement and positive daily practices. After graduation, students wishing to continue their education, along with adults looking to go back to school, can find several higher learning institutions both within Portage and nearby. Madison College–Portage is a community-based, post-secondary institution


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serving the educational and training needs of Columbia and Marquette counties. Associate-degree-level programs and certificate courses are available in various fields. Area businesses contract with them to provide customized training to their employees. The campus also provides Adult Continuing Education and Adult Basic Education throughout the year in community centers, schools and churches based upon local requests. Adult Basic Education provides instruction to individuals 18 1/2 years old or older to prepare them for completion of the GED or HSED. C

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Students participated in the Minecraft summer school class. Photograph courtesy of Portage Schools.

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Portage welcomed Festival Foods last summer.

BUSINESS Development Portage successfully retains its current commerce base while providing the right chemistry for attracting new businesses. In fact, a new study by LendEDU ranked Portage as the sixth best place in Wisconsin to start a new business. The Northside Business Park plan was recently approved by the city planning commission, clearing the way for eight new commercial lots for development near interstate and highway access. Opening new operations in our community this past year were Festival Foods, a Wisconsin-based grocery chain, and Sansom Industries, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of portable sanitation facilities. These businesses join companies, such as AMPI (natural and processed cheese packaging plant), Cardinal FG (glass), Dawn’s Foods (quality food products), Freeland Industries (farm and garden items), Rayovac (hearing aid batteries), Saint Gobain (performance plastics) and Loggerhead Deco (glass bottle decorating) that have made a home here. Many of these established major employers have recently finished large32 | portagewi.com

scale expansions, representing a longterm commitment and investment in Portage. Cardinal FG added a new 232,000 square foot warehouse addition to their campus, making its Portage location the largest floating-glass facility in North America. The Columbia County Gateway Building project, which positively transformed the landscape along the historic canal, was completed this past summer with county administration moving into their new downtown offices. The Portage Enterprise Center (PEC), where Sansom Industries is getting its start, has proven to be a successful beginning point for small businesses and entrepreneurs, who can also take advantage of the Innovation Champions Group, an active, local mentor and resource group. Located near Interstate 39 and State Highway 16 and along the Canadian Pacific rail line, the PEC is a business incubator and workforce training center (manufacturing, welding and industrial maintenance, along with business assistance, coaching and counseling through the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center) that offers flex

office and light manufacturing space to startup businesses. Portage is also answering the challenge of developing a skilled workforce to combat the skilled labor shortage that is plaguing industries and employers nationwide. While the PEC offers workforce training, Youth Apprenticeship is also chipping in to reverse the labor shortage. The number of employers and


students enrolled in the local CESA 5 Youth Apprentice program has doubled since 2011. Students can receive paid employment and up to two years related instruction. A career fair, jointly organized by the Portage Chamber, the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation and Portage High School, gives high school students access to employer contacts and knowledge of the job requirements along with the skills and education needed. Local businesses are also signing on to Inspire, a software program that helps guide students toward a career path by making students aware of vocations, employers, financial aid and required education and skills. The result is a better connection with education and businesses, working together to solve the local skilled labor shortage.

New fuel pumps were installed at the central Kwik Trip last September.

Construction began on a new 232,000 square foot warehouse at Cardinal FG last fall.

The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation and the City — through a business development specialist ­— continue to drive economic development initiatives by providing leadership and direction. City officials are dedicated to growth, and with continued redevelopment of the historic downtown area and the excellent transportation access available through our municipal airport and rail lines, Portage is the place to grow your business. The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce is here to help. Visit portagewi.com for additional information pertaining to business development. The new Columbia County Administrative Building spans across the Portage Canal.

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The Divine Savior Healthcare Run/Walk draws many participants each year.

Healthcare Divine Savior Healthcare has been dedicated to providing the highest level of care to Portage and the surrounding communities for 100 years. Their comprehensive list of high-quality services and programs are available to patients close to home. Their experienced, compassionate physicians, nurses and staff are here to ensure availability of comprehensive medical services. Their state-of-the-art hospital and clinic is home to the Emergency Department, Urgent Care, Surgery, Family Practice

Physicians, Dialysis, Diagnostics, Laboratory, Rehab Department, Birthing Center and more for all of a family’s needs. Connected to the hospital via an underground tunnel is Tivoli, a welcoming and modern facility offering assisted living and skilled-nursing beds. New in 2016, The Wellness Center, located between the hospital and Tivoli and the new home of LaVita, is a medically integrated fitness center. Divine Savior Healthcare, offering an array of free and reduced-cost screenings, education programming and exercise classes, also

offers three regional clinic locations: the Portage Clinic, Pardeeville Clinic and Crossroads Clinic in Oxford. UW Health is composed of the academic medical facilities of University of Wisconsin–Madison, which includes the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, American Family Children’s Hospital, the UW Medical Foundation and the UW Hospital and Clinics. The 471-bed UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison is recognized among the finest academic medical centers in the nation and has established itself as a leader in pediatrics, ophthalmology, surgery, organ transplantation and cancer care through the UW Carbone Cancer Center — the state’s only comprehensive cancer center. In addition to these outstanding facilities, UW Health operates a number of community-based clinics in the region. The clinic in Portage is a conveniently located medical facility housing the allergy clinic, pulmonary clinic, rheumatology clinic, vascular surgery clinic, nephrology clinic, cardiology clinic, on-

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World-class care is closer than you think. Hospital

Clinics

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cology clinic, hematology clinic, urology clinic as well as physicians providing family medicine. This clinic also provides laboratory and radiology services. SSM Health operates three facilities in Portage: SSM Health Davis Duehr Dean Eye Care—a comprehensive eye clinic, SSM Health Dean Medical Group and SSM Health Dean Medical Group Specialty Services. SSM Health’s medical group location in Portage offers comprehensive family healthcare services, health assessments and physicals, preventive medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, minor surgery, foot care and on-site laboratory and x-ray services. In addition, the second floor houses a specialty services clinic and also offers on-call nursing services. Among the specialties provided are oncology, urology, neurology, endocrinology, cardiology, rheumatology and dermatology. Portage residents are well taken care of with other quality healthcare services, including dentists, chiropractors, physical therapists and counseling services. portagewi.com | 35


Government The City of Portage, the seat for Columbia County, is a full-service municipality providing a range of excellent public services, such as street maintenance, refuse and recycling, library, water, public safety and recreation. Municipal government for the City of Portage consists of a Mayor, City Administrator, Business Development & Planning Director and nine elected alderpersons.

Altering the Conant St. landscape in downtown, the Columbia County Carl C. Frederick Administration Building underwent a makeover project to serve the needs of the county court system well into the future.

The home to all municipal services, including police and fire department, is the Portage City Hall. Many daily activities are offered here for older adults. A couple examples are Lunch Bunch, where older adults can enjoy a nutritious meal with others while playing cards or bingo, and TRIAD, where seniors and law enforcement meet and work together to enhance their quality of life and ensure their needs are met in the community. Citizens have further access to information regarding city projects, “green� initiatives, city services and programs, meeting minutes, community events and much more by visiting the City of Portage online at portagewi.gov or contacting one of the departments. County administration building entryway.

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CITY OF PORTAGE CONTACT INFORMATION

City Hall

115 West Pleasant St. 608-742-2176

Columbia County Courthouse 400 DeWitt St. 608-742-2191

Columbia County Sheriff’s Department 711 East Cook St. 608-742-4166

Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department 701 West Slifer St. 608-742-2178

Portage Fire Department 119 West Pleasant St. 608-742-2172

Portage Municipal Airport 1011 Silver Lake Dr. 608-742-3300

Portage Police Department 117 West Pleasant St. 608-742-2174

Portage Public Library 253 West Edgewater St. 608-742-4959

Water Department 135 Northridge Dr. 608-742-4727

For more local information about Portage, go to:

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Worship Several faith communities are represented in the more than 15 churches in Portage, available to help residents meet their spiritual needs. Local churches are collaboratively working with the residents to create places of worship and offer faith-based educational opportunities to enrich the lives of Portage residents. Local faith organizations belong to and support the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce. These organizations elevate the quality of life in the Portage area through education, charity benefits, programs and outreach. The community is invited to share in their social gatherings, often centered around friendly card games, luncheons, trivia contests and craft and bake sales.

MEMBER PARISHES Portage Presbyterian Church 120 West Pleasant St. 608-742-6006

CrossPoint Assembly of God 2727 County Rd. CX 608-742-2221

St. John’s Lutheran Church & Schools 850 Armstrong St. 608-742-2387

Portage United Methodist Church 1804 New Pinery Rd. 608-742-2107

Portage Seventh-day Adventist Church 2100 East State Rd. 33 608-742-4695

St. Mary Church & School 309 West Cook St. 608-742-6998

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MEMBER Directory A-1 Movers of Portage N6522 State Hwy. 51 & 16, Ste. A6 Portage, WI 53901 608-206-1765 a1moversportage.com Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative 401 East Lake St. Friendship, WI 53934 800-831-8629 acecwi.com See ad on page 30 ADRC of Columbia County P.O. Box 136 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-9233 co.columbia.wi.us/columbiacounty/adrc See ad on page 2 Agrace HospiceCare 5395 East Cheryl Pkwy. Madison, WI 53711 608-327-7209 agrace.org Air Portage, Inc. 1011 Silver Lake Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3300 air-portage.com Alliant Energy 2777 Columbia Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-0724 alliantenergy.com Allstate Ins-Shelly Cibulka Insurance Group LLC 2939 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6548 allstate.com/shellycibulka See ad on page 8 American Legion State Headquarters 2930 American Legion Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-1090 wilegion.org American Transmission Company W234N2000 Ridgeview Parkway Ct. Waukesha, WI 53187 608-877-7077 atcllc.com AmericanWay 621 Latton Ln. Portage, WI 53901 608-566-1500 amwelcome.com AMPI/Associated Milk Producers, Inc. 301 Brooks St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2114 ampi.com

Any Street Grill P.O. Box 35 Portage, WI 53901 608-358-8654 Anytime Fitness 2800 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-0250 anytimefitness.com Arbor Green, Inc. 430 East Albert St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-0055 Associated Bank 222 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4115 associatedbank.com AVID Risk Solutions 2501 Parmenter St., Ste. 200A Middleton, WI 53562 608-617-7441 avidrisk.com B&B Hitching Post 2503 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-8208 bbhitchingpost.com See ad on page 3 Band Box Cleaners & Laundry, Inc. 1207-23 Superior Ave. Tomah, WI 54660 800-362-3305 bandboxclean.com Bauman’s Natural Meats & Catering N2979 County Rds. B & H Markesan, WI 53946 920-394-3952 BAYCOM, Inc. 305 East Albert St. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-3300 rfstore.com Beasley, Nancy M. 1110 Saddle Ridge West Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5757 Best Western Resort Hotel & Conference Center 2701 South County Hwy. CX Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2200 bestwestern.com /resorthotelconferencecenter See ad on page 13 Bindl Family Chiropractic 2121 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4300 bindlfamilychiropractic.com

BJ’s TV & Appliance Center 1411 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5351 bjstvandappliance.com Blau Family Chiropractic & Integrated Wellness 641 Latton Ln., Ste. A Portage, WI 53901 608-742-1300 blauchiropractic.com See ad on page 35 Blystone’s Towing & Radiator Service 1201 West Hwy. 33 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4228 blystonestowing.com BMO Harris Bank 2851 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-3448 harrisbank.com BonBon and Bordeaux 201 DeWitt St. Portage, WI 53901 608-617-0936 bonbonbordeaux.com See ad on page 28 Bonded Collectors of Wisconsin 2425 Airport Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4124 bondedcollectorsofwi.com Brakebush Brothers, Inc. N4993 6th Dr. Westfield, WI 53964 608-296-2121 brakebush.com BrightStar Care Baraboo 507 Linn St., Ste. B Baraboo, WI 53913 608-355-5015 brightstarcare.com/baraboo Bulgrin’s Butcher Block Mobile Market N8720 Starr Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-566-3911 C & D Seamless Gutters 505 Washington St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7530 Cardinal FG 1650 Mohr Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-1966 cardinalcorp.com See ad on page 47

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Carlson, Rogers & Owens 234 1/2 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-1905

Cottonwood Bar & Grill 312 DeWitt St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5917

Cascade Mountain Ski & Snowboard Area W10441 Cascade Mountain Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5588 cascademountain.com See ad on page 3

Country Plumber, Inc. W8371 County Hwy. P Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2648 countryplumber.com

CESA 5/Cooperative Educational Svc Agency 626 East Slifer St. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-5400 cesa5.org Coldwater Canyon Golf Course at Chula Vista 4502 River Rd. Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 608-254-8489 chulavistaresort.com Columbia County CASA, Inc. 311 East Wisconsin St., Ste. 207F Portage, WI 53901 608-745-9977 columbiacountycasa.org Columbia County Fair Association P.O. Box 57 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5748 columbiacofair.com Columbia County Humane Society N7768 Industrial Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3666 cchswi.org Comfort Suites N5780 Kinney Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-4717 choicehotels.com/wisconsin/portage /comfort-suites-hotels/wi063 ComfortCare Transportation 311 East Wisconsin St., Ste. 207F Portage, WI 53901 608-745-8392 comfortcaretransportation.com Community Bank of Portage 2930 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-4300 commbankportage.com See ad on page 3 Continual, LLC 2520 West Wisconsin St., Ste. 103 Portage, WI 53901 608-566-1818 continualcc.com Costco Wholesale 2850 Hoepker Rd. Sun Prairie, WI 53590 608-825-4020 costco.com

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Crawford Oil & Propane Company 416 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2414 crawfordoilandpropane.com Creek Bed Country Farmacy N2767 Mountford Rd. Poynette, WI 53955 608-635-8798 CreekBed.Farm Cross Jenks Mercer & Maffei 221 3rd Ave. Baraboo, WI 53913 608-356-3981 baraboolaw.com CrossPoint Assembly of God 2727 County Rd. CX Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2221 crosspointag.com Culver’s Restaurant 2733 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7982 culvers.com See ad on page 29 Dairyland Moving and Storage, LLC 1208 Northport Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-856-6683 dairylandmovers.com

Dean Clinic - Portage 2825 Hunters Run Tr. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7161 deancare.com Dean Health Plan 1277 Deming Way Madison, WI 53717 866-794-3326 deancare.com Deer Run Apartments 2345 Schultz St. Portage, WI 53901 608-566-1777 oakbrookcorp.com Design 1 Apparel 1207 Wauona Tr. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5642 design1apparel.com Dino’s Restaurant 2900 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4111 Divine Savior Healthcare 2817 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4131 dshealthcare.com See ad on page 35 Don-Rick Insurance, Inc. 236 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5548 don-rick.com See ad on page 7 Douglas’ Big Dog Saloon 218 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3644

Daley’s Beverage Mart 1623 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4651

Downtown Portage Inc. P.O. Box 515 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5900

Dane County Title CompanyPortage Office 115 East Conant St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5552 danecountytitle.com

Dreyer Design N4360 Allan Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-1453 dreyerdesign.com

Davis & Page, LLP 208 West Town St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5591 See ad on page 22 Davis Construction Co. of Portage, Inc. 800 Whitney St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7224 davisblacktop.com Dawn’s Foods 1530 LaDawn Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2494 dawnsfoodsinc.com

Duck Creek Campground W6560 County Hwy. G Pardeeville, WI 53954 608-429-2425 duckcreekcampground.com Dungarvin Wisconsin 2802 Coho St., Ste. 101 Madison, WI 53713 608-316-7670 dungarvin.com DW Sports Center 125 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7745


Eagle Promotions & Apparel N4488 Powers Ave. Mauston, WI 53948 608-847-2240 eaglepromosweb.com Edgewater Home & Garden 2957 County Hwy. CX Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6558 edgewaterhomeandgarden.com Edward Jones-Financial Advisor: Klay Vehring 214 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-8841 edwardjones.com

Fenske & Associates, LLC 2622 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-0980 fenske007.com See ad on page 37 Festival Foods 2915 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2386 festfoods.com

Galley Studio 222 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6151 galleystudio.com Gates Collision Centers 3015 County Hwy. CX Portage, WI 53901 608-745-9302 gatescollision.com

First Centennial Mortgage 230 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-541-0010 gofcm.com

General Engineering 916 Silver Lake Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2169 generalengineering.net See ad on page 31

Edward Jones-Josh Vehring 2910 New Pinery Rd., Ste. D Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5408 edwardjones.com

First Weber Group 333 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4897 firstweber.com

Giggles For Kids 117 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-5768 mercantileportage.com

Elsing Oil Company P.O. Box 85 Poynette, WI 53955 608-635-2758

First Weber Relocation Services 220 South Wisconsin Dells Pkwy. Lake Delton, WI 53940 608-254-3127 firstweber.com

Glacier Valley Campground N8129 Larson Rd. Cambria, WI 53923 920-348-5488 glaciervalleycampground.com See ad on page 18

Enbridge 9001 Dumke Rd. Portage, WI 53901 920-728-2635 enbridge.com See ad on page 2 Encapsys, LLC 2500 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5386 encapsys.com Endeavor Sharing Supper Endeavor, WI 53930 sharingsupper.org/endeavor Engelland Landscape Architecture P.O. Box 41 Portage, WI 53901 608-347-5870 Eulberg, Dave and Judy 522 West Edgewater St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4957 Eye-Deal Eyewear LLC 215 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2020 Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. 2425 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-0097 fairwayportage.com Fancy Pants 124 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5711 Fearing’s Electronic Systems 722 Walsh Rd. Madison, WI 53714 608-443-2595 fearings.com

Forever Yours Jewelry, Inc. 123 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-3330 foreveryoursjewelryinc.com Fort Winnebago Masonic Center 205 DeWitt St. Portage, WI 53901 Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters 1824 East State Rd. 33 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2949 fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org See ad on page 15 Forward Service Corporation 2875 Village Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2992 fsc-corp.org Free Spirit Travel, LLC 311 East Wisconsin St., Ste. 201 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5533 free-spirit-travel.com Freedom Carpeting 602 East Albert St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-0471 freedomcarpeting.com Freeland Industries, Inc. 1203 Adams St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2189 freelandind.com G. Karl Enterprises 126 West Prairie St. Endeavor, WI 53930 608-381-1518 gkarl-stewarts.com

Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin 2902 American Legion Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-0616 goodwillscwi.org Grande Cheese Company 181 West Monroe St. Wyocena, WI 53969 920-269-7200 grande.com Grean Carpet Care 307 DeWitt St. Portage, WI 53901 608-617-8766 greancarpetcare.com Grothman & Associates, S.C. 625 East Slifer St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7788 grothman.com Guaranteed Rate 2800 New Pinery Rd., Ste. 200 Portage, WI 53901 608-604-5068 rate.com/JasonSchultz Guided Journey of WI, LLC P.O. Box 844 Portage, WI 53901 608-620-9629 guidedjourneyofwisconsin.com Gumz Muck Farms, LLC N570 6th Ct. Endeavor, WI 53930 608-981-2488 gumzfarmswi.com H & M Contracting 967 Saddle Ridge Portage, WI 53901 608-335-9336

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H.G. Meigs, LLC 1220 Superior St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5354 hgmeigs.com Haareway Laser and Skin Rejuvenation Center 2910 New Pinery Rd., Ste. B Portage, WI 53901 608-742-9300 wisconsinlaserandskincenter.com See ad on page 27 Hair Sensations 127 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4888 hairsensationsportage.com Hamilton Park Place 2525 Hamilton St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7888 therapeuticalo.com Hart & Olson Family Dentistry 225 Gunderson Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3272 hartolsonfamilydentistry.com See ad on page 34 Head 2 Toe Salon 321 West Conant St. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-4935 See ad on page 13 Herb’s Custom Detailing W6942 East South Shore Dr. Pardeeville, WI 53954 608-697-9213 Historic Indian Agency House 1490 Agency House Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6362 agencyhouse.org See ad on page 15 Ho-Chunk Gaming S3214 County Rd. BD Baraboo, WI 53913 608-356-6210 ho-chunk.com See ad on page 48 Human Resources Group, Inc. 2300 Yellowstone Ave. Portage, WI 53901 608-233-5491 hrgroup.com Indian Trails Campground W6445 Haynes Rd. Pardeeville, WI 53954 608-429-3244 indiantrailscampground.com See ad on page 19 Insite:The Work Connection 232 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-424-8741 varcinc.com

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J & J Fireball Lanes 817 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6638 facebook.com/fireballlanes See ad on page 19 Jack’s Tap 1207 Dunn St. Portage, WI 53901 608-566-1666 Jim Schernecker 402 East Main St. Reedsburg, WI 53959 608-768-1099 Johnny B’s at Saddle Ridge 100A Saddle Ridge Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2181 Johnson Chiropractic 1512 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5578 Journey Mental Health Center, Inc. 322 DeWitt St. Portage, WI 53901 608-280-2700 journeymhc.org Just Me 6596 Chestnut Cir. Windsor, WI 53598 608-846-5299 Karate America 2211 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-212-4935 pkaschools.com/locations/portage Kari Tracey Agency, Inc. 240 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3888 amfam.com Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) 2990 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2777 portagekfccatering.com Kratz Funeral Home 302 East Conant St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5585 kratzfuneralhome.com See ad on page 38 Kwik Trip - Central #764 1925 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-8005 kwiktrip.com Kwik Trip - North #683 2970 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6676 kwiktrip.com

Kwik Trip - South #653 1223 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5226 kwiktrip.com L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL 617 Adams St. Portage, WI 53901 608-566-9953 robynaustin.lbri.com La Crosse Graphics 3025 East Ave. South La Crosse, WI 54601 608-788-2500 lacrossegraphics.com Larry’s Trophies and Awards N6315 Hillcrest Rd. Pardeeville, WI 53954 608-742-5854 Laura’s School of Dance 201 East Albert St. Portage, WI 53901 866-326-2356 freewebs.com/laurasdance Leege Trucking W6522 Gale Dr. Endeavor, WI 53930 608-587-2009 Link’s Greenhouse N9905 Link Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6758 linksgreenhouse.com LMS Construction W7550 State Rd. 16 Pardeeville, WI 53954 608-742-8618 Loggerhead Deco, Inc. 1640 LaDawn Dr. Portage, WI 53901 630-206-3747 loggerheaddeco.com Loves Travel Stop W9493 County Hwy. CS Poynette, WI 53955 608-635-2944 loves.com LYCON Inc. 1110 Harding St. Janesville , WI 53547 800-955-8758 lyconinc.com Madison College 330 West Collins St. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-3100 madisoncollege.edu See ad on page 31 Magnum.Media N6912 Hwy. 51 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-1001 magnumbroadcasting.com


Malone Sr., Pat 601 West Slifer St., Apt. 217 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6942

Neil’s Wine House 235 West Pleasant St. Portage, WI 53901 608-617-8463

Malone’s State Farm Insurance 415 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6754 statefarm.com

New Life Physical Therapy Services & Sports Medicine 2639 New Pinery Rd., Ste. 2 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-9356 newlifept.com

Markent Personnel, Inc. 121 East Conant St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7300 markentpersonnel.com Mary Kay Independent Consultant 6028 Saddle Ridge Portage, WI 53901 608-697-5854 marykay.com/dholland

Nona’s Tailoring and Tuxes 210 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3257 nonastailoringandtuxes.com Norland, Raymond 311 East Wisconsin St., Ste. 207 C & D Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6177

McReath Orthodontics 2625 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4800 drmcreath.com

Northwoods Inc. N6510 US Hwy. 51 South Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7114 nwdswi.org

Meigs Transport, LLC 1220 Superior St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5354 hgmeigs.com

Optimist Club of Portage 1003 Prospect Ave. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3036 optimist.org

Mercantile 117 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-5768 mercantileportage.com

Our House Senior Living 215 Northridge Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-0331 ourhousesl.com

Midwest Dental 2570 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5573 midwest-dental.com/portage

Papa Murphy’s 2936 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-4200 papamurphys.com

Miller & Miller, LLC 311 DeWitt St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-8585 portagelawyers.com

Parkview I Apartments 106 Gillette St. Pardeeville, WI 53954 608-697-0876 oakbrookcorp.com

Miller, Brussell, Ebben and Glaeske, LLC 611 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2103 mbegcpas.com See ad on page 21

Parkview II Apartments 112 Gillette St. Pardeeville, WI 53954 608-697-0876 oakbrookcorp.com

Miracle-Ear 120 Henry Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-9125 miracle-ear-portage.com Museum at the Portage 804 MacFarlane Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6682 portagemuseum.org See ad on page 9 NAPA Auto Parts 125 East Edgewater St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7191 napaonline.com

Pepsi Cola, Company WP Beverage 6176 Pepsi Way Windsor, WI 53598 608-846-1200 pepsi.com Petro Travel Plaza-TA Operating LLC I90/94 Exit 108A Portage, WI 53901 608-742-9094 ta-petro.com Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home 430 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2126 pmmfh.com

Pizza Hut 401 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-8829 pizzahut.com Pizza Ranch 2905 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-566-1750 pizzaranch.com See ad on page 5 Pointon Heating and Air Conditioning 2559 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-4616 pointonheating.com See ad on page 21 Portage Ace Hardware 2727 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-1410 walshsacehardware.com See ad on page 28 Portage Area Community Fund P.O. Box 293 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3172 madisongives.org/portage Portage Area Community Theatre (PACT) 11 North Main St. Portage, WI 53901 pactwi.org Portage Area United Way P.O. Box 354 Portage, WI 53901 608-295-0689 Portage Cab Company 103 Dodge St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4700 runninginc.net Portage Center for the Arts 301 East Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5655 portagecenterforthearts.com See ad on page 22 Portage Cleaners 104 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-1696 Portage Community Schools 305 East Slifer St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4879 portage.k12.wi.us See ad on page 30 Portage Country Club W7245 Country Club Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5121 portagecc.net

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Portage CrossFit Cooperative 211 East Albert St. Portage, WI 53901 608-345-7109 portagecrossfitcooperative.com Portage Curling Association 107 West Albert St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3237 portagecurling.com Portage Daily Register 1640 LaDawn Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-3500 wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister

Portage Odd Fellows Wauona Lodge 132 306 East Carroll St. Portage, WI 53901 608-617-5932 facebook.com/Portage-odd-fellows -wauona-lodge132-509580302728044 Portage Presbyterian Church 120 West Pleasant St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6006 portagepresbyterian.com

Preuss Implement Inc. W8380 County Rd. P Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5525 Pride of America Camping Resort W7520 West Bush Rd. Pardeeville, WI 53954 800-236-6395 camppoa.com See ad on page 19

Portage Printing 309 East Albert St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-8505

ProLytic N6702 Blackhawk Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-566-5256 prolytic.vpweb.com

Portage Diesel W8616 Hwy. 33 East Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3039 portagediesel.com

Portage Public Library 253 West Edgewater St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4959 portagelibrary.us

R. Condon Gallery & Studio 223 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-617-1733 robertacondon.com

Portage Elks Lodge 675 201 West Conant St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6040

Portage Rod & Gun Club W10450 Highway 16 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6885 portagerodandgun.org

Rayovac - Portage Plant 2851 Portage Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5373 rayovac.com

Portage Service Club Association P.O. Box 1 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5757

RE/MAX Connections 2616 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-0800 remax.com/realestateagentoffice/portage-wi -53901-glennaschumann-id25318718.html

Portage Ford Chrysler 3013 County Hwy. CX Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7141 portagefordcdjr.com Portage Furniture Store 126 East Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4106 portagefurniture.com

Portage Seventh-Day Adventist Church 2100 East State Rd. 33 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4695 portage22.adventistchurchconnect.org

Portage Insurance Center/ Okray Insurance Services 2555 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5560

Portage Sharing Supper Portage, WI 53901 608-697-0297 sharingsupper.org/portage

Portage Kiwanis Club 430 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-697-8184 portagekiwanis.com Portage Library Foundation P.O. Box 858 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4959 Portage Lions Club P.O. Box 531 Portage, WI 53901 608-697-5195 e-clubhouse.org/sites/portage-wi Portage Lumber Do-It Best & Premier Rental Center 1009 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7186 portagelumber.com See ad on page 36 Portage Motors 515 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-0999 portagemotors.com

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Portage State Bank 2838 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-0940 baraboobank.com See ad on page 11 Portage Theatres 322 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6900 portagetheatres.com Portage United Methodist Church 1804 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2107 portageumc.com Positively Portage! (The Portage Area Community Charitable Trust) 121 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-566-4336 positivelyportage.org Prairie Flower Beads 210 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5900 prairieflowerbeads.com

Red Apple Family Restaurant 1152 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-9000 Remedy Intelligent Staffing 104 West Cook St., Ste. 103 Portage, WI 53901 608-729-5222 remedystaff.com Renewal Unlimited, Inc. 2900 Red Fox Run Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5329 renewalunlimited.net Restaino & Associate Realtors 2425 New Pinery Rd., Ste. 101 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7777 restainohomes.com ReStore - Habitat for Humanity Wisconsin River Area 1450 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-356-0332 hfhwisconsinriver.org Rhyme N6832 Hwy. 51 South Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3747 rhymebiz.com Ridge Health & Fitness Center 2900 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2348 theridgemotorinn.com


Ridge Hotel 2900 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5306 theridgemotorinn.com

ServiceMaster 721 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7940 servicemaster.com

St. Vincent de Paul 1311 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5513 svdpportage.org

River Haven Homeless Shelter 108 East Pleasant St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7687 riverhavenshelter.org

Seubert Family Dentistry 260 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2331 portagedentists.com

Studio K Hair Design 226 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-9011 facebook.com/studiok1111

Rock N Wool Winery W7817 Drake Rd. Poynette, WI 53955 608-635-4339 rocknwoolwinery.com

Sheila Link Agency Inc. American Family 131 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3999 sheilalink.com See ad on page 12

Summit Credit Union 110 Henry Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4277 summitcreditunion.com

Rolling Woods Estates 2548 Airport Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-566-1567 pre-3.com Rotary Club of Portage P.O. Box 818 Portage, WI 53901 608-745-5220 portagerotaryclub.com Roth Professional Solutions 121 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-697-5857 rpsprofessionalsolutions.com Saddle Ridge Golf Course 100A Saddle Ridge Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2181 saddleridgegolf.com Saint Gobain Performance Plastics 2316 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-8541 saint-gobain-northamerica.com

Ship-Rec Logistics Inc. 2520 West Wisconsin St., Ste. 104 Portage, WI 53901 608-745-3388 ship-rec-logistics.com Sky High Camping Resort N5740 Sky High Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2572 skyhighcampingresort.com Small Business Development Center 975 University Ave. Grainger Hall #3260 Madison, WI 53706 608-265-3052 wisconsinsbdc.org/madison Smart Woman 120 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5733 Smart Woman Shoes & Accessories 201 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5766

Salon 51 2626 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6655

Smiley Law Office 235 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5336

Sauk Columbia SHRM 311 East Wisconsin St., Ste. 106 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7800 saukcountyhr.shrm.org

Soul Shine Spa 228 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-697-5520 soulshinespa.com

Schmidt Insurance 121 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-254-9105

St. Croix Hospice 414 Broadway, Ste. 200 Baraboo, WI 53913 608-448-4200 stcroixhospice.com

Schultz Small Engine 1110 Thompson St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3927 schultzsmallengine.com Security Finance 1416 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-1620 security-finance.com

St. John’s Lutheran Church & Schools 850 Armstrong St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2387 stjohnsportage.com St. Mary’s Church & School 309 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6998 stmaryportage.com

Sunset Motel 2617 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5566 Super 8 of Portage 3000 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-8330 the.super8.com See ad on page 37 Suzy’s Steak & Seafood House 2711 County Rd. CX Portage, WI 53901 608-742-8400 suzysportage.com Tamarack Pizza 412 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-6424 Terrytown Plumbing Heating and Cooling N6522 Hwy. 51 South Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2665 terrytownplumbing.com See ad on page 33 The ARC Greater Columbia County 711 East Cook St., Ste. 202 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-0260 thearccolumbiacounty.org The Artisan Foodie 117 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-577-7110 theartisanfoodie.com The Ball Room 112 East Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-566-1454 facebook.com/theballroomportage The Flower Company 211 DeWitt St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4108 flowercompanyportagewi.com The NorthShore W7245 Country Club Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3553 portagecc.net/lounge.html

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The O’Brion Agency, LLC 628 East Albert St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4677 obagency.com

U.S. Bank 238 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5321 usbank.com

Weaver Auto Parts of Portage 239 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5394 weaverautoparts.com

The Phoenix 104 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-4450

U.S. Cellular 2920 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-4771 uscellular.com

Wieser Concrete Products, Inc. 2815 Riley Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4464 wieserconcrete.com

Unimin Corporation W8375 Hwy. 51 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-2101 unimin.com

Wilz Drug & Home Health Care 140 East Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3545

The QTI Group - QualiTemps 311 East Wisconsin St., Ste. 106 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7800 qtigroup.com The Welcome Home Sew-N-Vac 118 East Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 608-566-1663 thewelcomehomesnv.com Theresas Boutique LLC 2830 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-697-3143 facebook.com/Theresasboutiqueportage Title Experts 313 DeWitt St. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-0203 titleexpertswi.com Towns & Associates, Inc. 126 Water St. Baraboo, WI 53913 608-356-8757 townsandassociates.com Tractor Supply Company 3033 County Hwy. CX Portage, WI 53901 608-745-0750 tractorsupply.com Trans Works Transmissions, LLC 3025 County Hwy. CX Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5136 trannyman.net See ad on page 7 Travel With Jean, LLC N8451 County Rd. F Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3922 Trecek Automotive of Portage, Inc. 1350 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7155 trecek.com Turning Point Realty 309 DeWitt St. Portage, WI 53901 608-697-4098 turningpointrealtywi.com Two Rivers Signs & Design of Portage, Inc. 1316 Wauona Tr. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-4242 tworiverssigns.com

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United Country Hamele Auction & Realty 1325 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5000 hameleauctions.com Urgent Computer Care, LLC N6522 US Hwy. 51 South B2 Portage, WI 53901 608-617-8521 urgentcomputercare.net UW - Health Portage 2977 County Hwy. CX Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3004 uwhealth.org Vacationland Vendors 225 Pioneer Dr. Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 608-254-6300 vacationlandvendors.com Verlo Mattress of Portage 2830 New Pinery Rd., Ste. C Portage, WI 53901 608-745-1800 verlo.com VFW Post 1707 215 West Collins St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5350 VIBE Salon & Spa 218 West Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-8423 vibesalonportage.com

Winnebago Ridge Runners N6838 Boyd Dr. Pardeeville, WI 53954 608-742-6352 winnebagoridgerunners.com Wisconsin Distributors, LLC/Budweiser 900 Progress Way Sun Prairie, WI 53590 800-373-2921 wdbud.com Wisconsin Inspection Consultants 916 Silver Lake Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-222-8848 wispect.net See ad on page 31 Wisconsin Network Solutions LLC 916 Silver Lake Dr. Portage, WI 53901 608-745-6789 wisnetworksolutions.com Wisconsin River Title Consultants, Inc. 101 Hiawatha St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3316 wisconsinrivertitle.com See ad on page 12 Women’s Civic League of Portage 506 West Edgewater St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-7744 womenscivicleagueofportage.com Wood Stone Pizza Company P.O. Box 432 Portage, WI 53901 920-350-2661

Waddell & Reed, Inc. 311 East Wisconsin St., Ste. 109 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-4688 houznergroves.wrfa.com

World Finance 2555 New Pinery Rd., Ste. 4 Portage, WI 53901 608-742-0135 loansbyworld.com

Walgreens - Store 7732 2700 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5727 walgreens.com

Zimmerman Plumbing, Inc. 303 East Albert St. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3222 zimmermanplumbing.com

Walmart 2950 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 608-742-1432 walmart.com

Zombyte Repairs 107 West Cook St. Portage, WI 53901 929-269-3349


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Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Guide 2018  

The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Historic Portage, Wisconsin, located next to the beautiful Wisconsin and Fox Rivers. A...

Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Guide 2018  

The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Historic Portage, Wisconsin, located next to the beautiful Wisconsin and Fox Rivers. A...