Living Here

The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Historic Portage.

Portage is a wonderful place to grow your business and raise your family. 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.

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The quality of life discovered in Portage is truly unmatched and continues to attract new residents from all stages in life—from young, first-time home buyers and growing families to empty-nesters and retirees. Outstanding schools, healthcare providers, recreational opportunities and cultural avenues are among the many distinguishing facets of life in Portage cherished by residents. This community offers an affordable and diverse range of housing options to suit all types of needs.


You will find a variety of quaint niche stores, restaurants and specialty shops all located next to our beautiful canal and levee walking path in the downtown  along with some entertainment options by taking in a movie at our seven-screen Theatre. Stop 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.

Portage offers 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.

Also enhancing the quality of life for our residents in Portage are two new foundations to assist community needs and projects, Positively Portage and the Portage Area Community Foundation. The people behind these organizations are dedicated to giving back and care deeply about our city and its residents.

Today, Portage with a population over 10,000 and a regional population exceeding 45,000, is the county seat for Columbia County. Portage boasts of many outdoor recreational resources 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.

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.