Chief Waupaca Tour Boat

A trip on the Chief Waupaca Tour Boat is a must when visiting Waupaca. Photo courtesy of Glenn Sanderson

Snapshot of Waupaca and Oconto County



The Waupaca area offers timeless charm and terrific water resources like the famous Chain O’ Lakes, a string of 22 spring-fed, pristine lakes perfect for fishing and water activities. Stay the weekend and explore Hartman Creek State Park, two segments of the Ice Age Trail, fantastic golf, great beaches, and ample shopping.

Don't leave without tasting...

The broiled seafood selection from the famous Simpson’s Restaurant, known for its traditional supper club atmosphere and the best Old Fashioned in town. If you’re stopping by for lunch, order the cheeseburger, once rated by the Washington Post as one of the best in the country!

Your child will always remember...

A famous Ding’s Dock Canoe Trip down the Crystal River followed by pizza on the front ship deck at The Wheel House Restaurant and ice cream at Scoopers. It’s a tradition shared by generations of families visiting the Waupaca area.

Must see attractions...

A trip aboard the Chief Waupaca is a must for all visitors. The authentic double-decker sternwheeler will take you on a 1 ½ hour narrated tour of Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes, showcasing the area’s natural beauty and landmarks such as Esther Williams Island and the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.

For more information on places to stay and things to do in Waupaca, visit

Oconto County

Head north to experience the abundant resources in Oconto County. With over 1,000 square miles of land crisscrossed with networks of trails, there’s no end to the fun and adventure you’ll find. Explore more at area museums and historical sites, unique shops and galleries, and community festivals.

By the numbers…

Oconto County is home to:

• 100 miles of ATV trails
• 341 miles of trout streams
• 58 lakes with public access
• 98 miles of hiking and biking trails
• 7 golf courses
• Endless outdoor fun to be had

Don’t leave without visiting…

• Copper Culture State Park - The oldest cemetery site in Wisconsin featuring an Indian burial ground from the Copper Culture about 6,000 years ago. Discover Copper Culture life and times with a walk through the locally owned park museum.

• Oconto Marsh Refuge – On the west shore of Green Bay, this 4,000-acre refuge is one of the last remaining Great Lakes' wetlands. Grab you binoculars and see if you can spot Forester Terns, eagles, raptors, herons, cranes and yellow-headed blackbirds other birds native to the area.

Best ways to cool off in summer…

• Enjoy an easy float and scenic beauty on the Peshtigo River
• Canoe the rapids and twists and turns on the Oconto River
• With over 50 lakes in the county with public access, grab a blanket and picnic lunch and have some beach time

For more information on fun events and attractions in Oconto County, visit

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