Polk Plus Community Keywords: Polk County, WI


Polk County is a scenic wonderland full of history, charm, arts and outdoor activities. 

Polk County is located an hour north of Minneapolis/St. Paul on the east bank of the Upper St. Croix River. Visit the charming towns including Balsam Lake, St. Croix Falls, Osceola, Amery, Dresser and many others.  These towns offer outstanding community living and vacation fun for the entire family.

Come and visit the St. Croix River in Polk County where you can swim, fish, rock climb along the banks, canoe, kayak, and take a paddlewheel excursion cruise.  Polk Country has many trails, including the 98-mile Gandy Dancer rail trail, the beginning of the 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail and a dozen more single and multi-use trails. 

Enjoy taking a hike, cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATV riding snowshoeing, snowmobilingor cross-country skiing on these trails. Polk County has many local and state parks, where there is great camping, hiking, and bird/animal watching.  Polk County is known for excellent hunting and year round fishing.  Polk County golfers can choose from seven scenic golf courses with varying degrees of challenges!  

Two ski hills, Trollhaugen in Dresser, and Wild Mountain, offer fantastic ski and snowboard facilities.   Wild Mountain is known for summer time fun for the whole family! Equipped with a waterpark, go-karts and alpine slide.  Take a boat tour in Taylors Falls on the excursion boats Taylors Falls Queen and the Taylors Falls Princess.

The area's history is well preserved and comes alive in Polk County's many museums and historical sites.  Visit the Clear Lake Area Museum, the Polk County Museum, Rural Life Museum in Balsam Lake, and the Soo Line Depot in Frederic.

Take a visit to the St. Croix Valley Railway, where you can take a ride in the restored passenger cars powered by a steam engine. Some special excursions include dinner or other events.

Other Polk County area attractions include Fawn-Doe Rosa Wildlife Education Park, Ice Age Interpretive Center and the State Fish Hatchery, all located in St. Croix Falls.

Polk County is home of three fine arts organizations, including the St. Croix ArtBarn, St. Croix Festival Theatre Company, and the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts in Amery.

Polk County is an ideal setting for the community of artists and artisans. In addition to the artist's studios and galleries featuring art works, Polk County is also a great place for antiques.  Throughout the county you will find antiques and collectibles, including Native American relics, military apparel, clothing, furnishing, jewelry and much more.

Polk County is known for its many dining opportunities.  Enjoy your dinner on the paddlewheel boat or a home cooked meal in a family restaurant. There is an endless variety of food ranging from hamburgers and fries, Californian and European cuisine, and everything in between.

Polk County visitors can choose from a wide range of lodging including campsites, cabins, bed and breakfast inns, cottages, family motels and deluxe hotels with all the amenities.




Come out and Enjoy the Polk County Fair!!

July 25th - July 28th

For more information click here.





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Jen Simon
1853 W Bone Lake Drive  Balsam Lake, WI  54810 | 715-497-2930

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