Winter isn’t just a season in Wisconsin; it’s an invitation to a wonderland of snowy goodness! As the area becomes blanketed in fresh powder, Central Wisconsin turns into a top-tier playground for winter sports. January through March offers visitors a variety of snow-covered thrills.

Cross-county Skiing/Snowshoeing
For visitors seeking serenity, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing will likely take center stage. From the Plover River Trail, part of the Green Circle Trail, to the Ice Age Trail, you’ll escape quietly into winter’s beauty.

Seeking more adventure? No problem! Portage County has more than 300 miles of snowmobiling trails! Extend your ride by venturing into neighboring Wood County. For the most up-to-date trail information, call (715) 343-6277.

Downhill Skiing
Those seeking downhill delights will find what they’re looking for in Wisconsin. The state boasts a plethora of ski resorts, and Granite Peak is just a short drive north of the Plover area. Not ready to hit the big slopes? Head over to Standing Rocks County Park for a shorter run!
There are a variety of snow tubing options throughout the Central Wisconsin region as well. For nearby fun the whole family can enjoy, head West to Bruce Mound Winter Sports Area in Merrillan, which features both tubing and skiing options.

Fat Tire Biking
Explore snow-covered trails and glide across frozen lakes with ease on a fat tire bike. Explore the trails at Standing Rocks County Park or east of Plover in Iola along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Bucket List

  • Snowshoe at Standing Rocks County Park
  • Cross-country ski the Plover River Trail, which is part of the Green Circle Trail
  • Explore the Ice Age National Scenic Trail
  • Learn to ski/snowboard at Standing Rocks County Park
  • Zoom across 300+ snowmobile trails throughout Portage County
  • Ice fish on McDill Pond
  • Ice skate on Lake Pacawa (must bring your own skates.)
  • Warm up with homemade soup at Club Forest Bar or a latte at Mission Coffee House


Want more Plover travel ideas? Be sure to request your free copy of our 2024 Visitors Guide to be mailed directly to you!