Welcome to Historic Portage – Relocate Here!
The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Historic Portage. Portage is a wonderful place to grow your business, raise your family or just visit. The area offers small town charm with residential neighborhoods and growing commercial and industrial business sites, next to the beautiful Wisconsin and Fox Rivers. Our strong historical heritage offers an excellent environment in which to live and work. We are certainly eager to share this rich history with all who pass through.
Portage is located on a narrow strip of land between the Fox River and the Wisconsin River. Our historic background comes alive through many places of interest - the Portage Canal, the Historic Indian Agency House, Fort Winnebago Surgeons' Quarters, Society Hill and the Museum at the Portage. We are home to Pulitzer Prize novelist Zona Gale and historian Frederick Jackson Turner.
Today, Portage with a population over 9,500 and a regional population exceeding 45,000, is the county seat for Columbia County. Portage boasts of many outdoor recreational resources, wonderful homes and well established industries that provide solid employment opportunities. Both residents and visitors can relax and unwind in one of Portage's many parks, or take in the area's beautiful scenery and fresh air by walking or biking area trails.
Our historic downtown contributes to the history coming alive in Portage. You will find a variety of quaint niche stores, restaurants and specialty shops all located next to our beautiful canal and levee walking path. Complimenting the downtown are many other dining establishments, specialty stores, entertainment venues and a variety of larger national retail chains located in the community.
You are sure to find some entertainment options by taking in a movie at our seven-screen Theatre or stopping in for an art show or play production at our Portage Center for the Arts. Keeping yourself active will be easy by taking in a game of golf at one of our local courses or during the winter months you can take part in curling at our local club or skiing at Cascade Mountain.
In Portage you will discover an outstanding array of medical facilities including a state-of-the art hospital, Divine Savior Healthcare. Quality educational opportunities are provided through the school district, parochial schools and the Portage campus for Madison Area Technical College.
Whether you are interested in visiting our community or you are looking to relocate and make Portage your home, we hope you explore and discover all that we have to offer.
To request information about our city and the area, please call the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce office at 608-742-6242.