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Fast Facts about Columbia County

  • The median home value for Columbia County is $159,200.
  • Larger cities in Columbia County include LodiPoynettePortageFall RiverDekorraColumbusPardeeville and the Wisconsin Dells.
  • There are 774 square miles and 56,795 residents living in Columbia County.
  • On average, there are 185 sunny days in Columbia County, and the average July high temperature is 83 degrees. 
  • The highest point in Columbia County is Gibraltar Rock, which is 1,247 feet above sea level. It is located north of Lodi overlooking the Lake Wisconsin River Valley.

Activities in Columbia County

Columbia County boasts...

  • 56 lakes and 27 boat landings.
  • 35 miles of the Wisconsin River and 50 miles of trout streams.
  • 304 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.
  • 3,000 campsites.
  • 20 miles of hiking trails and 165 miles of biking trails.
  • 7 quality area golf courses with many more nearby.
  • 109+ fine dining and spirits establishments.

Wisconsin Dells

It was the ingenious idea of some local resort owners to put a roof over a waterpark attraction and, voila, the phenomenon that is the indoor waterpark became synonymous with the Wisconsin Dells. There are a multitude of Wisconsin Dells indoor waterparks and water playgrounds to choose from, with accommodations to suit every fancy. They are open 12 months a year, so no excuses when it comes to finding a convenient time to visit.

We're home to the country's largest outdoor waterpark, Noah's Ark Waterpark. Even the many indoor waterpark resorts have sprawling outdoor waterparks out back. We call that the best of both worlds.

Noah's Ark -- Wisconsin Dells, WI

If there’s a little thrill seeker in you, you can ride a roller coaster, take the wheel behind a go-kart, zip your way through the tree tops, scale that rock wall.

A walkable, wonderful stretch of all that's good about getting away. Whether you are looking for something delicious, entertaining or stylish - Downtown Wisconsin Dells is worth making the trip for.

The Dells is one of the more highly entertaining vacation destinations in the country, as evidenced by the list of live entertainment and theater options below. Ski stunts, larger than life magic tricks, nationally recognized entertainers and acrobats flying through the air - we just know you'll enjoy the show.

Schools in Columbia County


Columbus School District

200 W. School St., Columbus, WI 53925 (920) 623-5950


Lodi School District

115 School St., Lodi, WI 53555 (608) 592-3851


Pardeeville School District

120 S. Oak St., Pardeeville, WI 53954 (608) 429-2153


Portage School District

305 E. Slifer St., Portage, WI 53901 (608) 742-4879


Poynette Area Schools

108 N. Cleveland St., Poynette, WI 53955 (608) 635-4347


Wisconsin Dells Public Schools

811 County Rd. H, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (608) 254-7769


Grocery Stores in Columbia County

Pick ‘n Save

210 Dix St, Columbus, WI 53925

(920) 623-2205


Piggly Wiggly

805 N Main St, Lodi, WI 53555

(608) 592-7570


Pierce’s Market

2915 New Pinery Rd, Portage, WI 53901

(608) 742-2481


Walmart Supercenter

2950 New Pinery Rd, Portage, WI 53901

(608) 742-1432

Healthcare in Columbia County

Dells Clinic

1310 Broadway Road; Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Phone:(608) 254-1171

Family Practice, Obstetrics, Podiatry


Divine Savior Hospital

128 Eastridge Dr.; Portage, WI 53901

Phone: (608) 745-4598

Columbus Community Hospital

1515 Park Avenue; Columbus, WI 53925


Main Phone: (920) 623-2200

Fax: (920) 623-1580

TDD: (920) 623-2091

Toll Free: (800) 549-7511


Family Health/ La Clinica

400 S. Townline Rd.; P.O. Box 1440; Wautoma, WI 54982

Phone: (920) 787-5514 or 1-800-942-5330

Fax: (920) 787-4737


Free Clinic-Portage

Located in Wilz Drugstore

140 E. Cook St., Portage, WI 53901

Phone: (608) 234-0159

Moving and Storage in Columbia County



Penske Truck Rental 1009 E Wisconsin St, Portage, WI 53901 (608) 742-5201

U-Haul - WI Dells 4147A State Hwy 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (608) 253-9343

U-Haul - Columbus N4330 Temkin Rd, Columbus, WI 53925 (920) 623-3801

U-Haul - Lodi 910 N Main St, Lodi, WI 53555 (608) 592-7837

Interstate Storage W 9257 County Trunk CS, Poynette, WI 53955 (608) 845-9434

Columbus Storage 395 Transit Rd, Columbus, WI 53925 (608) 217-7245 

Prime Storage 1111 Thompson St, Portage, WI 53901 (608) 335-7555 


  1. Develop a master “to do” list so you wont forget something critical.
  2. Sort and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Have a garage sale, donate to a
  3. charity, or recycle.
  4. Dont throw out everything. If your inclination is to just toss it, ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how youd feel if you no longer had it.
  5. Pack like items together. Put toys with toys, kitchen utensils with kitchen utensils.
  6. Decide what if anything you plan to move yourself. Precious items such as family photos, valuable breakables, or must-haves during the move should probably stay with you.
  7. Use the right box for the item. Loose items encourage breakage.
  8. Put heavy items in small boxes so theyre easier to lift. Keep weight under 50 lbs. if possible.
  9. Dont over-pack boxes and increase the chances they will break.
  10. Wrap every fragile item separately and pad bottom and sides of boxes.
  11. Label every box on all sides. You never know how theyll be stacked and you dont want to have to move other boxes aside to find out whats there.
  12. Use color-coded labels to indicate which room each item should go in. Color-code a floor plan for your new house to help movers.
  13. Keep your moving documents together, including phone numbers, drivers name and van number. Also keep your address book handy.
  14. Back up your computer files before moving your computer.
  15. Inspect each box and all furniture for damage as soon as it arrives.
  16. Remember, most movers wont take plants.