Stay in Portage to experience all there is to see & do here.

Attractions in Portage

Much to See & Do in Portage

Tourists will enjoy vast historical experiences at the Historical Indian Agency House, Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters, Museum at the Portage, American Legion State Headquarters & Museum, and the Women’s Civic League. Portage Center for the Arts, with its Zona Gale Theatre and Drury Gallery, showcase local artists’ works and offer stellar programming throughout the year. Cascade Mountain, the Midwest’s largest ski resort, offers great skiing, tubing and snowboarding during the winter months. Stay and enjoy all the attractions in Portage!

surgeons quarters

Fort Winnebago
Surgeons Quarters

The only building left of Fort Winnebago, Surgeons Quarters was built in 1828 by the U.S. Army. One of the oldest log houses still standing on its original foundation.

Indian Agency House

Historic Indian Agency House

Built in 1832, it was constructed as a residence for for John Kinzie, the Indian Agent to the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), and his wife Juliette.

Museum at the Portage
Find Zona Gale’s study preserved and a permanent collection of photographs and artifacts related to our city’s history.

Zona Gale’s Home/
Women’s Civic League

After the successful publication of her first novel in 1906, Zona Gale built this home for her parents on the Wisconsin River. Gale later won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921 for Miss Lulu Bett.

American Legion
State Headquarters

Historical relics such as uniforms, medals, photographs and documents from the history of Wisconsin’s American Legion. 608-745-1090

Portage Center for the Arts/
Drury Gallery

A fine tradition of culture carries on with theatrical performances, art displays, a concert series, workshops and speaker series.

Downtown District
As a trade center for central Wisconsin, the district thrived with activity as early as the 1860’s. Pick up a downtown walking tour guide from the Chamber office, 104 W. Cook St., or click here. See Victorian architecture preserved in many of the buildings, walk along the Portage Canal and enjoy the busy retail area.

Walking Trails
A number of trails have been enhanced in Portage in recent years for you to enjoy:
Wisconsin River Levee Path; Portage Canal Segment & Ice Age Trail; Pauquette Park; Gunderson Park/northside; Agency House Interpretive Trails.   

Gibraltar Rock in Columbia County, Wisconsin

Gibraltar Rock
State Natural Area

Gibraltar Rock in Columbia
County offers some spectacular views. Located on the Ice Age Trail, the bluff stands 1,234 feet above sea level with 200-foot cliffs. (Image courtesy

Durward’s Glen
Retreat Center

Featuring scenic hiking trails, picturesque picnic areas, a pond, a rambling brook, and a white oak tree over 350 years old, this property attracts visitors from all over the world.