Discover Wisconsin Highlights Portage | Portage Area Chamber of Commerce

Discover Wisconsin Highlights Portage

Discover Wisconsin Highlights Portage

A press release from Discover Wisconsin:

Discover Wisconsin declares Portage a 2016 Choice Destination
Portage is getting its turn on the silver screen soon. The nation’s longest-running tourism TV show, Discover Wisconsin, and its hosts, Mariah Haberman and Jake Zimmermann, are showcasing a handful of communities located along the state’s longest river, the Wisconsin River. The episode, called “Wisconsin River Communities—Along the River’s Edge,” premieres Feb. 6-7 and will highlight destinations and recreational opportunities in Tomahawk, Merrill, the Stevens Point Area, Adams County and Portage.

The program airs locally Saturday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. on WKOW TV 27. It may also be streamed online at

 “Wisconsin River Communities—Along the River’s Edge” was produced in partnership with the Tomahawk Area Chamber of Commerce, Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce, Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Adams County Chamber of Commerce, Portage Area Chamber of Commerce and Discover Wisconsin.

 The show’s hosts, Mariah Haberman and Jake Zimmermann, set out to explore destinations situated along the river’s edge. Haberman makes her first stop in Tomahawk, where she uncovers the popularity of waterskiing in the area with Keith Hansense, Vice President of the Kwahamot Water Ski Club. She then joins a few local water-skiers on the river and later, kayaks with Michele Flohr, owner of Changing Gears.

In Merrill, Zimmermann explores many of the trails near Council Grounds State Park and the 52 campsites that dot the area. Also featured is the Merrill Historical Society and its year-round exhibits.

The largest community featured in “Wisconsin River Communities—Along the River’s Edge” is the Stevens Point Area. There, Haberman tries her hand at fly-fishing on the Wisconsin River with a local professional fisherman, Abe Downs. Haberman then explores the Green Circle Trail with one of its co-founders, John Jury.

The unconventional and growing event that is Paddlequest—held in the Wisconsin River every August in the Stevens Point Area—is also showcased. The program also sheds light on Stevens Point Brewery, Sunset Point Winery and the City Band Concerts, which take place every Wednesday at Pfiffner Pioneer Park during the summer.

In Adams County, Chris Goodkind explains what makes the Castle Course at Northern Bay a unique golfing destination in comparison to courses throughout the Midwest. Several local establishments are featured including the Lure, Carlson’s Rustic Ridge and Fawn Creek Winery. At night, Zimmermann heads out on the Wisconsin River with Greg Johnson to learn more about bow-fishing in Adams County.

The show comes to a close in Portage, the state’s third oldest city. Haberman partakes in a history tour with the city’s mayor, W.F. “Bill” Tierney. The program calls attention to The Tamarack and its popular menu items as well as DW Sports Center, a shop that provides sporting goods, including hunting and fishing supplies.

“At 430 miles, the Wisconsin River is the longest in the state, which means it offers residents and visitors alike ample recreational opportunities,” said Haberman. “From its fascinating history to its stunning river views, Portage is a phenomenal spot for a Wisconsin River getaway. Our crew is thrilled to name Portage a 2016 Choice Destination!”

“Wisconsin River Communities—Along the River’s Edge” will reach Discover Wisconsin’s broadcast network of 500,000 viewers across the upper Great Lakes region, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Northern Illinois, and Upper Michigan. The episode was produced by Maria Petrella.

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About Discover Wisconsin: As the nation’s longest running tourism program, Discover Wisconsin can be seen statewide on Fox Sports North (FSN) Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. For more on this and other episodes or the broadcast schedule in other areas please visit


Brad Conrad