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    About Rice Lake / Chetek Area
    RICE LAKE / CHETEK, WISCONSIN AREA

    Located in Barron County, The Rice Lake / Chetek areas of Wisconsin combine to form a population of roughly 10,655 people as reported by the 2020 census.

    Lakes in this Area

    Rice Lake / Chetek area features over 160 listings, meaning potential buyers are sure to find a home that’s perfect for them!

    Are you looking for a large lake experience with plenty of fishing and water sports? Spots like Rice Lake, which stretches across 859 acres, are perfect for larger-than-life adventures!

    Maybe you’re after a quiet getaway where you can unwind. Look no further than hidden gems like Two Bear Lake, which stretches 39 acres. While you can still enjoy fishing and watersports, these lakes will give you that unplugged feeling you’re after!

    History

    Located in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, civilization has called the Rice Lake / Chetek region home for centuries, beginning with the Chippewa and other Native American groups, who would fur trap and gather rice at the nearby lakes.

    In 1864 John Knapp, co-founder of Knapp, Stout and Co., created the largest lumber firm in the world. This firm owned 115,000 acres of land in the Rice Lake area and produced 90 million feet of cut wood each year.

    Today, Rice Lake is often visited for its American Indian Mound preservation sites, miles of nature, and hiking trails.

    Rice Lake / Chetek Activities and Events

    Rich with scenery and history, visitors and residents of the Rice Lake / Chetek Area are sure never to be bored. Travel 15 minutes South of Rice Lake to Pioneer Village Museum for a taste of local history! Time travel back to the 1800s as you walk around preserved buildings from the era and learn more about everyday life from the authentically costumed staff. With special events held each weekend, there’s always something new to see here!

    Are you a self-proclaimed adventurer? Look no further than the Cedar Side Walking Trail! This self-guided trail takes you through shaded forests and lakeside pathways for a casual day's adventure. Whether you decide to go solo or with a group, be sure to bring a packed lunch for a scenic picnic!

    For those of you looking to revisit lost nostalgia, take a trip to the Stardust Twin Drive-In Theater! With quirky decorations and refurbishments to keep this classic experience fresh, this spot is sure to satisfy your entire group. Whether you sit in your car or on the newly-built deck, you’ll be able to enjoy your movie at a reasonable price while being surrounded by the Wisconsin wilderness!

    Aquafest is a 10-day family fun festival with name-brand entertainment, art in the park, and a parade, to celebrate the history of Rice Lake and appreciate the many lakes and waters of the area.

    Need a bite to eat? Adventures Restaurant and Pub is a local favorite serving slow-cooked American-style food. Or check out Casa Mexicana, bringing the Rice Lake / Chetek area a taste of the far south to the far north.

    Choosing Your Rice Lake / Chetek Lake Home

    Whether you’re looking for a wilderness adventure or a getaway home to destress, the Rice Lake / Chetek area is perfect for you. With a wide variety of options, the perfect lake home awaits!