central wisconsin's sweet spot

About Waupaca

A Haven for Visitors

Escape from the hassles of home to Waupaca, Wisconsin. A beautiful haven in the middle of the state, Waupaca, is home to 22 spring-fed lakes that comprise the Chain O’ Lakes.  Ancient glaciers left their imprint on the Waupaca countryside, leaving sand plains, rolling hills, deep ravines, swiftly-flowing rivers and many kettle lakes. The landscape consists of wooded areas and trout streams, intermixed with agricultural lands. Bring the family camping and enjoy your time together.  Or, come with your partner or girlfriends to get away and have time to re-connect. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and dinner at one of our many unique restaurants.  Stay at one of our many lodging establishments.  We offer everything from beautiful hotel suites to the charm of local bed and breakfasts and vacation home rentals on the lakes.  All include comfort and value. Hospitality takes center stage when you visit us.  We welcome you to come and enjoy what we take for granted every day, beautiful land, water and skies.  Waupaca…where memories are made.

Community Makeup

Though the city’s 2010 population is estimated at 6,265, much of the area’s population lives outside the city limits in surrounding townships. This is partially due to the beauty of the surrounding countryside, but also because the popular Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes lies in the Towns of Farmington and Dayton. The Waupaca area supports a service area of over 30,000 people within a 15 mile radius of the city. Waupaca is the Waupaca County seat. It is also the site of the Wisconsin Veterans Home, a 750-bed nursing and residential facility for state residents (and some spouses) who have served in our nation’s armed forces. The area features strong industrial and service components. Existing industries include a large foundry, food processing, specialty paper production and publishing.  Service industries include county and city government, schools, medical, nursing, banking, dining and shopping. Temperatures can reach 95 degrees F. (35 degrees C.) in July and August (great weather for swimming and water sports) and have dropped to -20 degrees F. (-7 C.) in the winter and 74 F. (23 C.) in the summer.


Waupaca, WI is located in east central Wisconsin at the junction of U.S. 10 and State Hwys. 22, 49 and 54.

  • 127 miles (2-1/2 hours) northwest of Milwaukee
  • 90 miles (2 hours) north of Madision
  • 210 miles (3-1/2) hours) northwest of Chicago
  • 240 miles (4 hours) east of Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • 30 minutes east of I-39
  • 40 minutes west of Hwy. 41

Waupaca Municipal Airport

Whether flying in for business, for pleasure, or to use our new 24 hour fuel farm you are invited to relax in our modern terminal or flight plan in our pilot lounge. No matter what, make sure to stop and say ‘Hi’ and you will see why the rainbow ends at PCZ (Waupaca Municipal Airport) WAUPACA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT..YOUR HOME FOR FLIGHT TRAINING, AIRCRAFT REPAIR, HANGAR RENTAL AND OWNERSHIP ALL LOCATED IN BEAUTIFUL WAUPACA WISCONSIN Contact Waupaca Municipal Airport 920-867-3070 24 hour self serve fuel farm offering 100 LL and Jet A Showers Courtesy car Helpful friendly staff The Waupaca Municipal Airport is managed by Plane Guys Aviation LLC.

Waupaca Area Maps

Waupaca City Map (pdf)
Waupaca County Map (pdf)
Community Map

Waupaca Area Links

City of Waupaca
City of Waupaca Economic Development
School District of Waupaca
Waupaca County Economic Development Corporation
Waupaca Historical Society
Wisconsin Job Center
Waupaca Area Clubs & Organizations