The perfect home

Get the Best of Both Worlds

Waupaca’s bustling social calendar and boundless outdoor amenities make it an ideal home for young professionals and families who want it all. With dozens of lakes and thousands of acres of wilderness at its doorstep, Waupaca is a nature lover’s paradise. Even though it’s easy to feel away from it all when you’re immersed in the woods or water, Waupaca pairs effortless access to the outdoors with a vibrant arts and culture scene that can rival cities many times its size. From marquee events like Arts on the Square to the weekly rhythm of the Farmers Market, Waupaca is abuzz with things to do and see. While life in Waupaca makes you feel like royalty, the city’s affordable housing market, great schools, and family-supporting career opportunities make a good life possible for anyone.



Natural Lakes

Make water sports a way of life


Acres of Parks & Natural Areas

Offer endless adventure



Median Home Value

Living well was never more affordable

We Do Each Season Right

In Waupaca, our lifestyle changes with the seasons. Winter, spring, summer and fall each offer unique things to do and places to see.


Home to some of the best cross-country skiing in the Midwest, an active curling club, an indoor hockey rink (the jury is out on the number of pond hockey rinks), over 17 miles of groomed fat biking trails, and sublime wild ice-skating experiences on the glassy Chain o’ Lakes, Waupaca will teach you to not just tolerate the winter—but to fall in love with it. Not sure where to start? Check out the Hartman Creek State Park or Adventure Outfitters for snowshoe or cross-country ski lessons and rentals. Looking for greater thrills on steeper slopes? Granite Peak, the largest downhill ski resort in the Midwest, is just an hour north.


While Waupaca is a winter wonderland from December through February, we’re not so far north that spring never seems to come (we’re looking at you, Upper Michigan). By March, average highs reach 41° and in April climb to a balmy 56°-- around here, that’s reason enough to walk around in shorts. Spring is the perfect time to bust out your bicycle. With over 50 miles of off-road trail available within a 20-minute drive, each ride promises something new.


Whether you’d rather go for a dip in the turquoise waters of Chain o’ Lakes or sip a drink near it, few places hold water to Waupaca in the summertime. With dozens of spring-fed lakes at its doorstep and a brand-new splash pad in town, Waupaca offers countless options to beat the heat. From waterskiing across Rainbow Lake to tubing down the Crystal River to whitewater rafting the upper Wolf River, our clear waters make water sports a way of life.


As the weather cools and the leaves change their color, there is no better time to explore Waupaca’s wild lands. Whether you are on the hunt for fall foliage or trophy bucks, there are over 2,610 acres of public lands on Waupaca’s doorstep to enjoy. Opportunities for outdoor adventure are matched by some of Waupaca’s most popular festivals. Whether you’re enjoying Jim Miller’s famous pumpkin display or donning your spookiest costume for Halloween on Main, fall in Waupaca can’t be beat.

Discover Wisconsin

If you are looking to relocate and you think you can’t have it all, you should really reconsider and take a look at Waupaca.

Terra Morris
Relocated to Waupaca from Middleton, Wisconsin

There’s More to Come

While Waupaca is proud of its history and traditions, we are a community that is always moving forward. In 2021, the City of Waupaca’s Main Street reconstruction was named “Best Revitalization Initiative” in Wisconsin. Now, our eyes are set on expanding the inventory of homes affordable to hard-working families, doubling down on the vitality of our downtown through placemaking improvements, and leading the way on access to high-quality, affordable childcare.

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