After its humble beginnings as a fur trading post in the early nineteenth century, Portage grew into a city that is now one of the Top 50 Communities in America, according to America’s Best Communities Award programs sponsored by Frontier Communications. Portage has an incredible small-town feel that is booming with adventure around every corner. From weekly farmer’s markets in the summer to the Portage History Museum, there is family fun for everyone.
Portage History Museum -- Portage, WI
Portage is known as the city that is “Where the North Begins”. It is located between the Wisconsin and Fox Rivers. There is always something to do in the great outdoors. Whether it is hiking or biking along the numerous bike paths along the Wisconsin River or exploring the numerous parks within the city, you are sure to enjoy the beautiful city of Portage. One attraction that draws locals is Silver Lake Beach. With gorgeous views and the sand between your feet, this is sure to be the perfect spot for a warm, summer day. Other notable spots are the Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters, site of a peace treaty between the Winnebago Tribe and the American settlers, or the Indian Agency House, one of the oldest houses in Wisconsin dating back to 1832 and its furnishings that are historically accurate.
Portage is the conveniently located with many resources within the area. Only 40 miles away from Madison, Portage has its own hospital called Divine Savior. This hospital, with help from the community businesses, emphasize patient care and service to provide the best service. Portage schools offer learning for all ages, while holistically improve the student’s education. Portage High School principal, Robin Kvalo, recently was awarded as WI Secondary Principal of the Year for her dedication to provide successful school environments.
Portage has a lot of wonderful resources to explore and offers many incredible adventures.