Following is a list of County Parks managed by this department. Here is a link to the City of Wausau Parks.
AMCO PARK (Map)
379 County Highway F
Athens, WI 54411
Directions: From Wausau take STH 29 west 9 miles to STH 107, STH 107 north 10 miles to CTH F, CTH F west 7 miles to the park.
This 39 acre park is located on west side of Marathon County and has access to the Big Rib River.
BIG EAU PLEINE PARK (Map)
3301 Eau Pleine Park Road
Mosinee, WI 54455
Directions: From Wausau take US 51 south 12 miles to STH 153, STH 153 west 8 miles to Eau Pleine Park Road, Eau Pleine Park Road south 3 1/2 miles to park entrance; OR STH 153 east to CTH O, south on CTH O to Town of Moon, and watch for signs. The park is approximately 4 miles west of Moon.
SOUTH UNIT: 2 open shelters with 4 tables underneath, scattered picnic tables, grills, 2 boat landings, water pump, nature trails, horseshoe pits. South Unit Campground: 60 sites; 24 with electricity; 36 without electricity, 2 vault restrooms, dumpster, recycling station, water pump.
WEST UNIT: West Unit Campground, 46 sites, all 46 sites have electricity; 2 water pumps, 2 vault restrooms, campsites with view of water, boat landing, self registration station, dumpster, recycling station, picnic area, group campsite. Enclosed Shelter #19 has picnic tables, windows/sky lights, fireplace, covered wings, picnic tables, grills, fireplace. (Renters can request to have the gate opened to unload and load up closer to the building, but there is "No Parking" past the gate.) List on contract if gate needs to be opened. BEACH: 100 parking spaces (54 beach/46 other), 2 vault restrooms, changing rooms, open grassy area, 3 open shelters, BBQ shelter, 2 water pumps, horseshoe pits, playground equipment, scattered tables & grills. 39 parking spots in boat landing lot (14 cars & trailers/25 cars), dumpster, recycling station, paved path.
BIG RAPIDS PARK (Map)
EP1806 Big Rapids Street
Stratford, WI 54484
Directions: From Wausau take US 51 south 3 miles to TH N, CTH N west 23 miles to STH 97, STH 97 south 4 miles to Big Rapids Road, Big Rapids Road west 1 mile to the park.
Big Rapids Park encompases 33 acres and is located on the Big Eau Pleine River in west central Marathon County. The river is dammed thereby providing swimming and fishing opportunities.
Lower Area: Picnic tables, swim beach, picnic area, vault restrooms, no grills, dumpster.
Upper Area: Playground equipment, water pump, open shelter, grills, picnic tables, horseshoe pits, dumpster, paved path, beach.
BLUEGILL BAY PARK (Map)
3800 Bluegill Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401
Directions: From Wausau take US 51 south 2 miles to CTH NN, CTH NN east 1/4 mile to CTH N (Rib Mountain Drive.), CTH N south 1/2 mile to Oriole Lane, Oriole Lane east 1/2 mile to park; OR south on Rib Mountain Drive 1 mile to Cloverland Lane, Cloverland Lane east 1/2 mile to park.
This park offers access to Lake Wausau on its west shore. The park has double boat launch ramp with courtesy piers. Bluegill Bay Park is heavily used by boaters and by ice fisherman to gain access to Lake Wausau year-round.
CHEROKEE PARK (Map)
H2700 CTH N
Colby, WI 54421
This 69 acre park is located on the western border of Marathon County. This park offers fishing and swimming opportunities afforded by the Big Eau Pleine River running through the park.
Directions: From Wausau take US 51 south 3 miles to CTH N, CTH N west 30 miles to park; OR from Wausau take STH 29 west 28 miles to CTH F, CTH F south 3 miles to park.
The vintage enclosed shelter is reservable and offers the following amenities:
Contact the Park Administrative Office at 715.261.1550 to check on availability. To reserve the shelter complete a contract, and pay the use fee.
Other park features include vault toilets, open field, swimming area, playground equipment, gazebo, scattered grills & tables, horseshoe pits, dumpster, walking trails/paved path, small open shelter.
500 Forest Street
Wausau, WI 54403
Part of the Courthouse complex, this 0.42 acre park offers an open area for sitting with benches and tables. Located on the northwest corner of the block the Courthouse sits on.
D.C. EVEREST PARK (Map)
1800 S 3rd Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401
Directions: From Grand Avenue in Wausau go west on Thomas Street to south on 3rd Avenue to the park entrance.
This 12 acre park is one of two offering Lake Wausau access. DC Everest Park has two boat launches, a handicap accessible, floating fishing pier, a park shelter with concession facilities, restrooms, drinking water, benches, picnic tables, and portable bleachers. D.C. Everest also hosts the Central Wisconsin Water Ski Show Team Inc. which performs during the summer through Labor Day.
DELLS OF THE EAU CLAIRE PARK (Map)
P2150 CTH Y
Aniwa, WI 54408
Directions: From Wausau take CTH Z (Franklin Street) east 14 miles to CTH Y, CTH Y north 1 1/2 miles to park; OR STH 52 east to CTH Y, CTH Y south to park.
West side of CTH Y:
Enclosed Shelter - No tents/canopies allowed. Shelter key will unlock post near shelter to allow vehicle access to shelter area. Holds 70 people, kitchen area, scattered tables, electricity, 2 covered wings, picnic tables, windows open, electrical outlets, water pump (well), 2 fireplaces, firewood. Outside: walk to rocks & trails, playground equipment near by, dumpster, recycle center, grills, vault toilets, scattered picnic tables, firewood house, 2 open shelters with grills, open play areas, horseshoe pits, paved, path.
Group campsite: Open grassy area, picnic tables, little fire ring, roofed-in bleachers, vault toilets.
East side of CTH Y:
Campground: 28 sites, 16 w/electricity, self-registration for numbered sites, gravel camp areas, vault toilet, wood shed, manager contact cottage, 1 picnic table per campsite, water pump, recycling station, dumpster.
Beach: Open shelter with tables, paved path, changing room, vault toilets, dumpster, picnic tables scattered, scattered grills, water pump & shelter, sand bottom, open grassy area, open shelter, recycling station, and hiking trails. No pets on the beach or picnic areas.
South of the river and on the west side of CTH Y:
There is an open shelter with permanent picnic tables but without electicity, access to the state scientific area that affords access to many natural features of the ear, hiking trail to the High Bridge and a trail that connects to the Ice Age Trail, pit toilets, scattered picnic tables, parking lot.
106 W Washington Street
Wausau, WI 54403
This 1 acre park is located on the west side of the Marathon County Library. Offers a view of the river, and benches.
MARATHON PARK (Map)
1201 Stewart Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401
Directions: From I39/US 51 in Wausau go east on STH 52. STH 52 merges into Stewart Avenue. Park entrance is on the right in the huge stand of white pine trees.
Marathon Park's 78 acres are enclosed within a bustling metropolitan area and within minutes of many growing communities. Hundreds of stately, towering white pines provide a dramatic natural setting for the recently constructed Amphitheater, central Wisconsin's finest, permanent outdoor venue with a seating capacity of nearly 10,000.
From the impressive, sheltered Amphitheater on the west to East Gate Hall at the east entrance, a myriad of events can be accommodated. Marathon Park offers event planners flexibility and convenience with its signature, historic Exhibition Building, four Agricultural Buildings, two large Multipurpose Buildings and a wide open Festival Grounds. Ample parking, secured access to the facilities you rent and a friendly, cooperative support staff can help make your next concert, show or event a huge success.
Beyond providing a differsified event venue Marathon Park is also home to a miniature train and concessions at Marathon Junction, a Splash Pad, outdoor dog exercise area, a campground with heated shower building, a variety of small to mid sized reservable shelters, several playgrounds, tennis courts, pickleball court, basketball court, walking trails, and two baseball diamonds.
MISSION LAKE PARK (Map)
400 County Park Road
Hatley, WI 54440
Directions: From Wausau take US 51 south 12 miles to STH 153, STH 153 east 15 miles to CTH Y, CTH Y north 1 mile to Crooked Lake Road, Crooked Lake Road east 1 1/2 miles to south into the park; OR STH 29 east to Hatley, south on CTH Y approximately 7 miles to Crooked Lake Road, east 1.5 miles to south into the park.
REITBROCK GEOGRAPHICAL MARKER
5651 Meridian Road
Athens, WI 54411
Directions: From Wausau go west on STH 29 to north on CTH H, to west on CTH U to Poniatowski, park is 1/4 mile west of Poniatowski.
The Reitbrock Geographical Marker is a 0.1 acre park in northwest Marathon County. The geographical marker sits on a rectangular piece of land with dimensions of 50 feet wide by 125 feet long. Its only feature is a marker that designates the geopgraphical center of the northern one-half of the western hemisphere.
RIB FALLS PARK(Map)
1725 CTH S
Edgar, WI 54426
Directions: From Wausau take STH 29 west 13 miles to CTH S, CTH S north 2 miles to park.
The Rib Falls Lions Club assists with park maintenance through the Adopt-A-Park Program. Well, open shelter, paved path, playground equipment, picnic area, hiking trails, fishing, vault toilets.
SUNNY VALE PARK (Map)
1000 S. 72nd Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401
Directions: From Wausau take STH 29 west 3 miles to 72nd Ave., 72nd Avenue south 1/2 mile to park.
This is a well used 300 acre park located on the west side of Wausau. Popular activities at this park include snow biking, swimming, fishing, picnicking, and using the model airplane flying area. There are no lifeguards on duty at the lake; swim at your own risk. There is a roped off swim area, 2 open shelters with grills & stationary tables, scattered grills, changing room, picnic tables, vault toilet, water pump & 2 shelters, 2 volleyball courts (bring your own net), hiking trail around lake, fishing pier, paved paths, dumpster and recycling station. The Big Rib River flows through the park however, there is no developed access provided to the river.
Sunny Vale Softball Complex
1000 S 66th Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401
Directions: From Wausau take STH 29 west 3 miles to south on 72nd Avenue 1/2 mile to east on Packer Drive 1/2 mile to south on 66th Ave to entrance.
The 5 diamond Sunny Vale Softball Complex is a 71 acre recreation area that provides facilities for organized softball activities. The softball complex, which is utilized by the Wausau Area Softball Association and the Wausau Area Girls Softball Association through contracts with Marathon County, has facilities which include:
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