See waupaca in unique ways


Businesses listed are for the convenience of visitors.  For a complete list of businesses, search the Chamber Business Directory.

Chain O' Lakes Cruises

Chief Waupaca Cruise

Enjoy a historical narrated tour through Waupaca's crystal clear Chain O' Lakes. Choose from either The Chief Waupaca, a double-decker authentic stern wheeler, or the Lady of the Lakes motor yacht. Each offer regularly scheduled public narrated tours and are available for private charters. Schedule and details available at
Clear Water Harbor Cruises
N2757 County Highway QQ
(715) 258-2866

Garden Walk & Art Tour

This great combination of interests occurs biennialy in the Waupaca Area, mid to late June.  Hosted by our area's finest master gardeners and featuring some of our many talented area artists- this is a tour you won't want to miss!

Historic Walking Tours

Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce
221 S. Main St.
(715) 258-7343
Waupaca Area has a wealth of well intact history just waiting for your exploration!  Stop by the Waupaca Chamber office to pick up your guide filled with highlights of our history for your walking enjoyment!

Barn Quilts

Tour a number of barn quilts in rural areas of Iola.  As a new feature to the western Waupaca landscape, quilts can be found at the following addresses with more appearing daily.

E1474 County Rd C

State Designated Rustic Roads in the Waupaca Area

R-17: This scenic route south of Amherst travels Otto Road from US 10 west to Morgan Road, then south on Morgan Road to County T, passing through hilly, rugged terrain, forests and fields, offering glimpses of native wildlife and a boulder-strewn section of the Tomorrow River.

R-24: Extending west from Rural Road to the Waupaca county line, Emmons Creek Road crosses a spring fed trout stream and passes through several stands of native pines and hardwoods.

R-57: Travels South Foley Road and Town Line Road between US 10 and WI 54 just west of Waupaca. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail follows this route. The scenic beauty of this segment is enhanced by rolling hills, an arch of trees over the road at two points, deep ravines accented with ferns and a variety of wild flowers, a large apple orchard and the Waupaca River.

Yellowstone Trail

Yellowstone Trail
In 1912 the Yellowstone Trail became proposed as America’s first trans-continental highway across the northern portion of the country – stretching from the east coast at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts and ending on the west coast at Puget Sound, Washington.  Wisconsin began giving highway number designations in 1918, but, on the whole, highways were not given number designations until Congress passed the Federal Highway Act in 1926.

The Yellowstone Trail entered the city of Waupaca on the south side of current Highway 10 at County Road A on Appletree Lane.  It followed Appletree Lane north through the original Barnes Apple Orchard and into what is now Churchill Street.  From Churchill Street the Yellowstone Trail turned west onto School Street (which becomes Badger Street) to the downtown area.  The traveler turned north on Main Street where he turned west at the Dane’s Home onto Granite Street.  It continued west onto Hillcrest where it merges into Fulton Street, leaving town westward past “Chady’s Corner” (State Hwy. 54 and County Hwy. QQ).  Shortly after the initial route was established, it was diverted from Granite Street to Fulton Street.

Signs mark the route travelling westward and additional information about the trail and historical landmarks along the way are available at