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About Rice Lake

About an hour north of Eau Claire, WI and about two hours east and a bit north of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN – is where you will find Rice Lake.

The city has just about everything one could ask for. A great variety of places to eat. Numerous well taken care of, clean and comfortable hotels for a week or weekend stay. Lots of shopping op’s, from the “big box” names to the small and well-established shops that have found homes in Rice Lake and stuck around for the long haul. And it has its share of industry, too.

But almost any great city worth its salt has those things. This city has just over 9,000 people… They really like their Northwoods home, and they like to treat newcomers and guests and their very own citizens like long-time friends. What makes Rice Lake, WI so special? It’s a city with the friendliest and most accommodating folks you may ever meet.

Rice Lake History

In the mid-1800s, John Knapp purchased many, many acres of forest land that later became a part of the property that was later owned by the largest lumber company in the world: Knapp, Stout & Company. The firm owned 115,000 acres and produced 90 million feet of cut lumber annually by 1880. This land was originally inhabited by the Chippewa and other Native American groups who literally lived off the land by trapping local animal species, fishing, and harvesting the plentiful wild rice in the lakes and bogs.

Then, around 1870, Knapp, Stout & Co. dammed the Cedar River, creating a lake. In 1870, 1875 and 1884 the company platted the village, which is today the City of Rice Lake. The local newspaper, known today as The Chronotype, began printing on September 8, 1874; the same year, the first school here in Rice Lake, opened.

Rice Lake is well known for its surrounding, vast expanse of trail networks – they are perfect for skiing, hiking, biking, and snowmobiling. And of course the lake here is not only beautiful and serene, it is also home to an incredible variety of fish, supporting everything from panfish, crappie, smallmouth and largemouth bass, to northern pike and record class musky.

But don’t take our word for it, come to Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Where You Can find the Very Best of Everything the Northwoods Has to Offer… and a whole lot more!  (Read more “Northwoods & Some History of Rice Lake” in the Get North! blog)

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We became full-time residents of the City of Rice Lake in 2021. It has been our goal and desire to contribute and give back to the City in a manner that will be as helpful as possible. It is also our goal to dedicate our efforts – and a steadily progressing and growing website – to the people and businesses of Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

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